To celebrate Queen's Birthday weekend, Nelson Historical Society members are giving the public an opportunity to explore the Victorian-era Queens Gardens and meet some of the characters and stories behind its landmarks.

The Queen's Quest will see costumed presenters stationed throughout the gardens, sharing their stories through presentations repeated at regular intervals throughout the afternoon. 

Visitors will meet a passionate botanist; hardworking Mayor Trask and his irrepressible wife, a Boer War nurse, a WWI soldier, and an early caretaker at the fledgling Suter Gallery.

Children can participate in the Queen's Quest quiz. Free guide maps and quiz sheets will be available at the Bridge and Hardy Street entrances.

This event was originally part of the Nelson City Council Tuku 21 Festival, but was postponed due to bad weather.

The Queen’s Quest takes place in Queens Gardens, Nelson, on Monday, 7 June 2021, 1pm - 3.30pm.