My wife and I entered Founders Park primarily because it conveniently adjoined our hiking route and it includes a brewery/restaurant. The many replica old-time buildings perhaps provide a bit of an historical education, but I quickly lost interest. The maritime buildings with model ships and a short informative video on the history of the Nelson harbor were an exception, but once I later visited the far grander maritime museum in Auckland the Nelson offerings became forgettable. Children might enjoy the train ride. The woman attendant at the admission point seemed rather curt to us, the only such reception we received during our three-weeks holiday in New Zealand. Even the modest admission cost seemed too much, especially since many far more spectacular museum attractions in New Zealand offer free entry.
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