The small community of Wakefield is situated some 25 km south west of Nelson.
Wakefield is notable for Wakefield Primary School, the oldest school in continuous usage in NZ, and St Johns Church in Edward St, which is New Zealand’s second oldest surviving church.
Busy community life in the township includes a 4 Square, Video Ezy, Takeaways, a bakery, PostShop/Kiwi Bank facilities, Sarbies Hair and Beauty, and an Early Education Centre.
The village houses its own community Police Station which is located next to the beautiful park-like surroundings of Faulkners Bush. Covering approximately 17 hectares, situated within the reserve is a childrens playground and large flying fox.
The Pigeon Valley Steam Museum, incorporating Higgins Park, is nearby, with a Steam Up day held on the first Sunday in the month (excluding mid winter) which offers free rides on the trailer pulled by the traction engine. Highlights of Higgins Park include The Saw Mill, Bush Tram, “Big Betsy” (a 28hp portable Marshall steam engine believed to be the biggest and only one in New Zealand). Higgins Park is also the home of the Rover Club of Nelson, whose clubrooms replicate an early garage.
There is also a medical centre in the village, and the Wakefield Hotel, which has recently undergone refurbishment, still stands as an iconic Wakefield landmark.