The Maitai Valley - Taonga o Whakatū
The iconic Maitai Valley extends from the inland ranges to the very edge of Nelson city.
Treasured by Generations
The Maitai Valley has for centuries held a special place in the hearts of generations of Nelsonians. For tangata whenua it was somewhere to live; a source of food, pakohe (argillite) and a transport route. Early European settlers wrote home about the beautiful valley, the trees, the birds and flowers that grew there. In 1897, Premier Richard Seddon could see the value of the Maitai Valley as a tourist resort “advantageous not only to [the Nelson] district but to the whole colony.”