HIGGINS HERITAGE PARK

DSC_3984While 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 !!!

DSC_3962Traction Engine DSC_3963

DSC_3964 DSC_3965 DSC_3966Beautifully restored old commercial vehicles from around the area
DSC_3967  Beautifully restored old commercial vehicles from around the areaDSC_3968 DSC_3969  Inside the horse drawn St johns AmbulanceDSC_3970  St John AmbulanceDSC_3971  A Royal New Zealand Air Force truckDSC_3972  Military vehiclesDSC_3973  You can take a ride around the complex DSC_3974

Replica of an early garage complete with a collection of restored petrol pumpsDSC_3975 DSC_3976 The Loggers Association displaysDSC_3977 DSC_3978A cool old boiler – would like one of these at home 🙂

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DSC_3979 Big Betsy – an old Marshall portable steam engineDSC_3980How to get there:

From Nelson, follow SH6 south to the township of Wakefield (approx. 30 minutes). The park is located 2kms up Pigeon Valley Road from Wakefield.

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