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Wakefield is a small town in the Nelson Bays region of New Zealand's South Island, 25 km south-west of Nelson. This travel guide also cover the town of Brightwater, 4 km east of Wakefield.


Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

From Nelson drive 25 km south-west through Richmond and on along State Highway 6.

  • 1 Caltex petrol station.

By bus[edit]

  • EBus (Nelson's city bus service) operates six services a day (M-F) to Richmond and Nelson.
  • Intercity Coaches operate coaches from Nelson to Greymouth, which stop (at/opposite the Caltex) in Wakefield. Four per week (Sept 2023).

Get around[edit]

Map of Wakefield (New Zealand)


  • 1 St John's Church, 120 Edward Street. The church was built in 1846 and is the second oldest surviving church in New Zealand.
  • 2 Lord Rutherford Memorial (91 Lord Rutherford Road, Brightwater). Memorial to the nuclear physicist Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson (1871-1937), who was born in Brightwater. Ernest Rutherford# on Wikipedia



There is a supermarket, pharmacy and a baker.

  • 1 Four Square. supermarket.


There is a small bakery, fast food eateries, and some very nice little cafes and restaurants.


There is a pub.



Go next[edit]

Routes through Wakefield
BlenheimNelson  N  S  MurchisonGreymouth

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