Historic South Street
- Landmarks & Hotspots
In Nelson City, you’ll find New Zealand’s oldest fully preserved street. The cobblestone paths, quaint Victorian cottages, lantern streetlights, planter boxes and white picket fences along South Street are an ode to Nelson’s unique history.
Building began on South Street (previously known as ‘Town Acre 456’) in the 1860’s, and over time wooden cottages added outhouses and porches which still remain today.
Residents estimate that about 200 people wander down South Street everyday, intrigued by it’s historic charm. Whilst the interior of the cottages are allowed to be modernised, any external restoration has to be in-keeping with the character of the street, such as a fresh lick of paint or a repair of the roof shingles.
How to get there: South Street is just a short stroll from the city centre, across the road from the Rutherford Hotel.
Photo credit: www.nelsontasman.nz