Southern Division
The Nelson – Marlborough District No 23

For many travellers, Marlborough and Nelson will be their introduction to what South Islanders refer to as the ‘Mainland’. Having left windy Wellington, and made a crossing of Cook Strait, folk are often surprised to find the sun shining and the temperature 10°C  higher.

Nelson and Marlborough frequently vie to be the sunshine centre of New Zealand and both are leaders in the wine and craft beers industry.
The District is split into 2 parts which can be challenging for visiting as they are 140 km apart, separated by mountainous landscape ranges with numerous bends and valleys. The two main areas of population with New Zealand Constitution lodges are Nelson (4) and Blenheim (5) with further New Zealand Constitution Lodges also in Takaka, Motueka and Picton. The main centres are served by modern spacious halls while there are also traditional picturesque lodge rooms around in the district.

A land rich with specular scenery and three national parks, all within 90 minutes from Nelson city.  Nelson, the geographical centre of New Zealand, is a region renowned for warm sunshine, fine beaches, lakes, mountains and native forests. The City of Nelson is large enough to offer all the services and amenities of a large city yet is small enough to be intimate, welcoming and friendly. For those who wish to pursue the liberal arts, the region is the creative arts capital where artists draw energy to create artistic expression of the landscape and culture.

The journey, from the city of Nelson to the Takaka lodge in the western region of Golden Bay and the Abel Tasman National Park, is truly spectacular. For natural wonders in the area visit the crystal clear Waikoropupu Springs which hold the world record for the clarity of their fresh water. Farther west is the unique Farewell Spit.

Marlborough, is located in the northeast of the District with Blenheim as its major town. Marlborough is known for its dry climate, the picturesque Marlborough  Sounds, and Sauvignon Blanc wine.

From enjoying a glass of the world-famous Sauvignon Blanc at one of the region's numerous wineries to swimming with dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds, the region offers a multitude of recreational delights.

For the eco-tourist and nature-lover, the region provides numerous opportunities to see some of our wildlife close up. Dolphins, seals, shags, blue penguins abound throughout the Sounds and along the coastline to Kaikoura.

The full list of lodges in the district (and where they meet are) are:
The Victory-Wakatu Lodge No. 40 Nelson (Nile Street)
The Wairau Lodge No. 42 Blenheim (Charles Street)
The Havelock Lodge No. 104 Blenheim (Brayshaw Park)
Marlborough Lodge of Unanimity No. 106 Blenheim (Charles Street)
The Waitohi Lodge No. 111 Picton
The Forest Lodge No. 116 Nelson (Nile Street)
Motueka Bays Lodge No. 117 Motueka
Golden Bay Lodge No. 144 Takaka
Lodge Nelson No. 288 Nelson (Nile Street)
Lodge Awatere No. 292 Blenheim (Brayshaw Park)
Lodge Eckford No. 334 Blenheim (Charles Street)
Top of the South Research Lodge No. 470 Nelson (Nile Street)