Story: Capital city

Nelson city

Nelson city

Nelson was established in 1841 and is the South Island’s oldest city. A pretty settlement, with fine weather, it competed with – but lost out to – Wellington as a centrally located site for the colonial capital.

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Stephen Levine, 'Capital city - A new capital', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 17 June 2024)

Story by Stephen Levine, published 20 Jun 2012, updated 1 Aug 2016