St Michael's Church

The site of the first church in the Nelson District.
A smaller chapel was built here in 1843, when it was still Maori country, accessed by boat via the Waimea river. Maori had found the rich swampy river soil here ideal for growing Kumara. Pakeha farming practices took longer to take hold as they slowly drained the swampy areas.

In 1866, Thomas Brunner the explorer, the Chief Surveyor and Commissioner of Public Works for the Nelson Province saw fit to draw the plans for charming St Michael's.

One of Brunner's motivations for this project is said to have been to honour his friend Cpt. Blundell who was one of the first run holders of this area and was buried in the churchyard in 1865.

Other than the formerly shingled roof being replaced with sensible corrugated iron, the church remains faithful to it's design to this day.
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