Broadgreen Historic House

Take a step back in time and see how people lived 150 years ago with one of Nelson's most iconic heritage experiences.

History of Broadgreen Historic House

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Broadgreen is a charming cottage beautifully furnished and restored to show family life in the Victorian and Edwardian eras. The house was built in 1855 for Mr and Mrs Edmund Buxton and their six daughters and is an excellent example of early colonial cob construction. In 1901, the house was sold to Fred Langbein, whose family lived in the house until 1965 when it was bought by the Nelson City Council.

The Heritage House experience

On display are many items that give us a glimpse of Nelson’s colonial beginnings. Highlights include a child’s straight-backed chair made from teak salvaged from the wreck of the Fifeshire; a beautiful custom-made Kauri sideboard; a Broadwood Piano brought to Nelson by the Saxtons on the Clifford in 1842; exquisite wallpaper from the 1878 Paris World Fair; a gasolier chandelier from the Tyree homestead; and an English longcase clock from the 1750’s.

Broadgreen Heritage House features a significant textile and period costume collection; including one of New Zealand’s oldest quilts made in Ireland in 1776; and some of Nelson’s early pioneer gowns and accessories.

Samuels' Rose Garden

The grounds contain the highly regarded Samuels’ Rose Garden that boasts an extensive collection of over 3,000 plants. There is an annual Among the Roses event where the community enjoys music, performances, markets and free guided tours of the house and garden. The Rose Walk is a fantastic way to discover some gems amongst this wonderful collection

Location and Hours

276 Nayland Road, Stoke
Phone +64 3 547 0403

Open every day except Good Friday and Christmas Day. Visitors to the house are given an introductory talk and optional tour. 

Oct to May 10.30am – 4.30pm
June to Sept 11am – 3pm

Entry fees

Nelson and Tasman residents Free
Adults, incl. Senior citizens $5.00
5 - 17 years $1.00
Under 5 years Free