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Come and Explore Nelson


Included in your 2024 Conference & AGM fee is the opportunity to experience Nelson attractions in a choice of two fascinating tours on Saturday morning.

Beautiful Huangshi gardens
Beautiful Huangshi gardens

Exploring Nelson’s Hidden Gems: A Morning Tour of Local History and Culture

Experience the enchanting city of Nelson like never before during this year’s National Conference. Join local members on a guided tour that unveils the rich heritage and beauty of the region.

Discover the tranquil Huangshi Chinese Garden, a traditional Scholar’s Garden that pays homage to Nelson’s sister-city in Hubei Province. Learn about the intricate design elements and cultural significance behind this serene oasis.

Follow in the footsteps of Appo Hocton, the first naturalized Chinese immigrant who made a lasting impact on Nelson’s history. Explore his entrepreneurial spirit and delve into the fascinating stories of his descendants who continue to preserve his heritage.

Visit the iconic Jens Hansen Jewellers, renowned for crafting “the Ring” featured in the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogy. Immerse yourself in the artistry and craftsmanship behind this famous piece of cinematic history.

Embark on a memorable journey through Nelson’s past and present on this exclusive morning tour. From hidden viewpoints to cultural landmarks, this experience promises to captivate your senses and leave you with a deeper appreciation for this charming city.

Rev Up Your Weekend: Exploring the Nelson Classic Car Museum with Bill Findlater

Join the passionate car aficionado Bill Findlater on a thrilling visit to the Nelson Classic Car Museum, home to a stunning collection of over 150 meticulously preserved cars from various eras.

Step into a world of automotive history as you explore the impressive Talley collection at the Nelson Classic Car Museum. From vintage gems like the 1908 Renault AX to iconic classics such as Vauxhalls, Triumphs, Cadillacs, Jaguars, and Ferraris, prepare to be awestruck by the beauty and craftsmanship of these timeless vehicles.
After immersing yourself in the world of classic cars, treat yourself to a delicious lunch at the charming Little Engine Café (at your own cost). Relax and unwind in a cozy setting while sharing stories and memories of your favorite cars and experiences before returning to the conference venue in time for the Mihi Whakatau to kick off the conference session at 1:00pm.

A museum entrance fee of $19:00 Adult / $15:00 Goldcard applies.
For more information and to plan your visit, check out the museum’s website.