Brayshaw Park & Marlborough Museum
Brayshaw Park is one of the odder parks we’ve visited. Home to a variety of clubs and organisations such as the Vintage Car Club, the Historical Society and the Marlborough Farming Museum (open 10am-3pm daily), the park features an eclectic mix of historic and recreated buildings, retired machinery and vintage trains. There is even a replica of Old Beavertown to explore. Pick up a Marlborough Museum pamphlet for an explanation of each building and what it represents. During winter months, the park looks a little like a ghost town, but on Waitangi Day it comes alive as the clubs come together to celebrate Heritage Day. The annual event draws quite the crowd, from car enthusiasts to farm machinery experts, as well as families enjoying a day out.
Brayshaw Park is also home to the Marlborough Museum, which showcases the stories of the region’s past. The wine exhibition is well worth a look; it reveals the exceptional success of the relatively young wine industry in Marlborough. The highs of sauvignon blanc export sales and the lows of phylloxera
(a blight that affects vines), are all covered in the interactive exhibit. Keep wandering through and learn more about the history of the Wairau Lagoon and the early Mãori who called the region home. It may be a small museum but it has plenty of tales to tell. 26 Arthur Baker Place, brayshawpark.org.nz; marlboroughmuseum.org.nz