While staying in Motueka for a few days we were exploring the surrounding area and stumbled on Higgins Heritage Park, might be interesting we thought! And it was – for $5 you can wander around this large complex full of interesting machinery and ‘stuff’.
Higgins Heritage Park is home to Pigeon Valley Steam Museum and several small museums and groups that are relevant to the local area. They run Steam days and the park is open the first and third Sunday of each month from 10am – 3.00pm
It all started in 1970’s when a sawmill was moved to the site. Other clubs soon joined including The Rover Club, the Vintage Engine and Machinery Club, the Transport Museum, the Loggers Association and the military re-enactment group Army Group Centre.
The Rural Life Museum displays early household appliances, cooking utensils and other items used in the home. Also on display are hand tools, a manual telephone exchange and a small blacksmith shop. are also in this building.
New sheds have been built to house new collections over the years and apparently more sheds are planned. You are free to wander in and out of the sheds and there are steam engine trailer rides etc. kids of all ages will love it! A great afternoon!
The club members obviously enjoy their time working on these items and appreciate people taking an interest. Isn’t it great that there are people around to restore and preserve these machines, vehicles etc for us and future generations to enjoy.
I don’t know the names of all these items – I just like taking photos of cool stuff !!!
Beautifully restored old commercial vehicles from around the area
Beautifully restored old commercial vehicles from around the area Inside the horse drawn St johns Ambulance St John Ambulance A Royal New Zealand Air Force truck Military vehicles You can take a ride around the complex
From Nelson, follow SH6 south to the township of Wakefield (approx. 30 minutes). The park is located 2kms up Pigeon Valley Road from Wakefield.