Brayshaw Park & Marl­bor­ough Mu­seum

The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - SOUTH ISLAND -

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

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