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  • Brightwater, Tasman, Nelson, New Zealand.
  • Distance to Nelson: Approx 21.2km - 24 minutes
  • Distance to Richmond: Approx  9.1km - 11 minutes
  • Distance to Motueka: Approx 36km - 36 minutes
  • Facilities include: Four Square supermarket, pub, petrol station, sports domain, skate park, church and new cycle trails to explore the local area

  • Property Information & Reports: LINK
  • Tourist information: LINK
  • Health Services: LINK
  • District  -  Tasman
  • Council Information:  LINK
  • Nearby dairies & stores: Brightwater & Hope
  • Closest supermarkets - Brightwater or Richmond 


Brightwater is located about 20 minutes from Nelson and under 10 minutes drive south of Richmond on State Highway 6 and has a population of around 2,000 people.

Brightwater is the birthplace of Lord Ernest Rutherford and the Lord Rutherford memorial was designed and erected as part of the Rutherford Birth site Project, and commemorates Lord Rutherford’s contribution to science. It includes display panels, an audio display, lighting, and formal gardens and is situated at the entrance to Brightwater on SH6

Brightwater Engineering is a very large engineering firm servicing the national & international market. There are also service industry players like mechanical services, loggers shop etc.  Also there is small light industrial area across the main road on Factory road with amongst others, dairy related industries, food industry, agricultural engineering.

Locally there is a block of shops containing Four Square store, hairdresser, fish & chip shop, and the Sprig and Fern bistro.

There is also a dairy, 2 garages, and the Brightwater Motor Inn ( including the Crossroads Restaurant) is at the SH 6 crossroad with Ellis street and 6 new shops are currently under construction.

Craft shops include the following:-
McGlashens Pottery
Wrought iron shop
Craft shop in the old post office.

There is no regular commercial scheduled public transport service to from Brightwater. The trains stopped travelling through here in the mid 1950’s when the Nelson to Glenhope line was abandoned.  NZ's Intercity Buses operate a service through Brightwater but these buses cater mainly to tourists rather than residents. Services depart from Brightwater at the Four Square Store in Ellis Street.

2 rivers walkway along Wairoa and Wai-iti Rivers

Lord Rutherford Park has sports fields and open space for recreation. The reserve is located on the edge of the Brightwater urban area, at Malthouse Crescent.  Nearby is the BMX track, community gardens, and dog exercise area.

Snowden’s Bush Scenic Reserve and St Paul’s Protected Private Land – both important lowland forest remnants are off Waimea West just as you are traveling west out of Brightwater.

Brightwater Recreation Reserve is located in the Brightwater urban area between Lord Rutherford Road, Ellis Street, and Charlotte Lane and is the home of the Wanderers Rugby club.  Also here are the skateboard, tennis and netball courts.  Wanderer’s club rooms also have squash courts.  Also in this area is the Brightwater Public Hall and the small public domain.

Each February it plays host to the annual Brightwater Wine and Food Festival, an event that showcases the areas wine, food, craft, etc and that attracts thousands of visitors.

Education and activities
There is an active primary school,
 Kindergarten and 2 play groups.

A number of social groups meet in the St Paul’s Hall or at the Public Hall.  These include Art group, gardening and horticultural groups; and various physical activities take place in the public hall – many as part of the Way2Go series run by TDC.

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Scissor Art Hairdressers
56 Ellis Street

Tel: 03 5423839

Located in central Brightwater - friendly salon for all your hairdressing requirements plus our barber can be booked on Friday afternoons.
At Brightwater School we take great pride in creating a learning environment where all children are valued and given the opportunity to develop academically, socially and physically in a safe and caring manner.

All school programmes and activities are aimed at meeting the needs of all children, giving them the opportunity to extend their learning and to provide them with a wide range of educational experiences both at school and in the wider community.
Serendipity Equine Training
Fossil Creek Farm
100 Garden Valley Road
New Zealand

Tel: 03 542 3959

By listening to the horse the trainer is able to establish a relationship and design a training programme tailored to his specific personality.
Serendipity Horse Therapies
Fossil Creek Farm
100 Garden Valley Farm
New Zealand

Tel: 03 542 3959

We offer a rehabilitation service for horses recovering from injury.
The Little Pig Building Company
34 Bryant Road
New Zealand

Tel: 03 542 4402

The Little Pig Building Co has been building environmentally friendly homes and business premises since 1992.
Langdon Decorating Nelson Painters
Langdon Decorating Nelson Painters
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Tel: 027 232 4080 / 03 5422 311
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Tel: 0226090088.

Hi I'm Carmen, an intuitive energy healer, I use the power of the Universe to balance your body and remove unneeded energies to enhance your life and improve your health and well being.
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