Welcome to Fairfield House!

Nestled in seven acres of beautiful woodlands and gardens, Fairfield House is one of Nelson's most prestigious historic homes. Its spacious verandas and unique observation tower have gracefully overlooked the city since 1872. Now, lovingly restored to its former glory, Fairfield House stands as a unique tribute to community activism.  It is, in so many ways, close to the very heart of Nelson.

Fairfield was blessed as a place of peace by His Holiness The Dalai Lama when he visited here in 1996.

Today, this  heritage house is available for hire as the perfect venue for any occasion. Its beauty, warmth and grandeur are yours to enjoy. Make your event a success at Fairfield House!

"We chose to get married in the gardens of Fairfield House in Nelson, for its natural beauty and spiritual ambience."     Emily and Emmanuel Rejouis -  NZ Bride and Groom of the year 2004

The House and Gardens

front lawn view:

Fairfield House has significant venue flexibility with a range of beautiful rooms and spaces available for hire, all of which have wheelchair access:

Turnery and courtyard:                                               Table group in courtyard:

The Ballroom

This space has easy ground floor access from the car park, with french doors opening onto the wide verandas and gardens. With a view down to the cathedral and over the town, this is our largest room at 12m by 6m. It can seat 90 for a lecture presentation or 80 for a seated meal.  The ceilings are high and the flooring is wooden. This is a wonderful natural light filled space, perfect for weddings, conferences, parties, performances or workshops.

Ballroom reception:                            fireplace warmer:  

The Gallery

Our second largest room is The Gallery.  This special room can seat 40 for a presentation and has high ceilings and wooden floors.  Its french doors open onto our beautiful courtyard with its flower gardens and paths leading up into the reserve.

gallery window:        Edwardian day in gallery:        Andrea in the gallery:

The Court Yard

With its spiralling brick floor pattern this is a popular location for the wedding ceremony or a break out space for conferences held in The Ballroom or Gallery.  At night, with the fairy lights twinkling romantically in the trees and greenery, this is the perfect place for a BBQ or candle light celebration!

nighttime courtyard:                garden fiesta courtyard:

 courtyard party:

tea party:                turnery end on:           

The Kitchen

Fairfield has a spacious fully equipped kitchen for your use. Catering can be arranged on request.

Kitchen:                                         zip:

The Meadow

This area which is situated to the east of the house features a main lower terrace lawn (approximately 30m x 20m);  a series of stone wall seating areas and a smaller upper terraced lawn (approx 18 x 10m). This stunning outside space is perfect for ceremonies, gatherings and performances. Guests and visitors are welcome to explore the trails leading up into our seven acres of woodlands, which overlook the meadow.

the lawns:    

Sack race:    ceremony meadow:

The Meeting Room

This room is in The Sanctuary, a separate building from the main house and can accommodate up to 20 people.  It has a carpeted floor and is an ideal space for small meetings or workshops. (5.5m x 4.5m)

santuary with flowers:                                   meeting room with roses:

The Meditation Loft

You are welcome to use this tranquil meditation space, which is equipped with cushions and is situated above The Meeting Room. 

                                   loft portrait 2:                                                loft wide shot:

The Observatory Tower

This was first built by Arthur Atkinson, the original owner of Fairfield House, as an astronomical observatory in 1882. It was reconstructed in 1995 by Friends of Old Fairfield. Climb to the top of this unique historic tower to get a panoramic view over the city and the surrounding landscapes.  
tower:   tower and lights:


The upper level of Fairfield House is the manager's residence.

Catherine Brosnahan - Manager:
Catherine Brosnahan - Manager

The Gardens

track and cabbage:     sky beauty 1: "
stones:     old meadow:
daffodil hidden:   red hot pokers: blossom track:
autumn leaves:     nighttime tower abstract:   

Facility Resources

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Interior chairs gold (80) pink (40) and wooden exterior chairs (50)
  • Wooden banquet / board meeting table
  • Trestle tables ( 8ft and 6ft )
  • Data projector available for hire
  • Facsimile
  • Wireless broadband
  • TV/DVD/Video available for hire
  • Sound system (speakers, amp) available for hire
  • Theatre spot lighting x 4
  • Flip chart
  • White board
  • Lecture podium
  • Portable Staging
  • Parking for 20 cars on-site with additional street parking below driveway entrance 
seat smaller 2-001-1.jpg: Groomsmen in carpark:   tulip tree:                                                                                 
Grant Stirling - Stirling Images                            


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