Branford Park
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Branford Park Edible Walk is a fantastic opportunity to collect fresh fruit and nuts when they are ripe, show children fruit trees and have a fantastic play day at the park.

The Branford Park Edible Walk will take about 20-30 minutes to complete – longer if the fruit and nuts are ripe and you want to collect them. This walk can be done through the seasons to give children an understanding of the process of trees in bud, trees in flower and trees fruiting. 

  • It has macadamia trees and carob trees which are they difficult to find in the region.
  • It's next to a favourite swimming river and makes a great summer destination – especially when the figs are ripe!
  • There are great views of the region from different spots on the track.
  • A big parkland allows for lots of exploring and playing.
  • Dogs are allowed on lead, so you can bring your pooch.

Get ready

Download the Branford Park Edible Walk adventure map (PDF, 2,550K) and check out what you can do.

Go and explore

Look out for the Guardian Post when you get there. On it you'll find a special code word - write it down.

Getting there: 

This walk is located about 20 minutes walk or 5 minutes drive from central Nelson. Drive up the Maitai River Road and about 600 m from the Nile Street turn off there is a picnic and BBQ area on your right where you can park your car.

The walk starts across the road where there is another driveway to a secondary carpark. Take care when crossing the road. 

Or you can walk from the Botanic Reserve on a side track that crosses over into the Maitai valley. In this case simply walk up the big open green area until you get to the site of the fig tree where the walk starts.

Claim your reward

Tell us the Branford Park Edible Walk code word to receive a Kiwi Guardians certificate and medal for this adventure.

Put the medal on your back pack or pencil case to show everyone the adventure you've had.

Each Kiwi Guardians place has a different medal - see how many you can collect.

About Branford Park Edible Walk

Branford Park

Branford Park Edible Walk brochures and maps

Open Orchards map

Branford Park is managed by Nelson City Council. 

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