Stoke, New Zealand

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Stoke is slightly right of centre, lying between Richmond on the left and Tahunanui under the coastal cloud on the right

Stoke is a suburb of Nelson in New Zealand, located between Richmond and Tahunanui. In 2013 its population was 17,163.[1] Stoke was named by William Songer, the personal servant of Arthur Wakefield, after his birthplace Stoke-by-Nayland in Suffolk.[2] In 2010 it was voted the "Keep New Zealand Beautiful Peoples Choice Best Place in New Zealand".[3]


Attractions include:

  • Isel Park - A historic park and house, which form part of the legacy left by the Marsden family of Stoke.[4] Isel Park also contains the Isel Park research facility which is part of the Nelson Provincial Museum.
  • Monaco – a residential peninsular which juts into the Waimea estuary
  • The Stoke Hand – a sculpture outside the Stoke library.


Street names[edit]

A group of streets in Stoke have been named after famous literary figures. These streets lie between Main Road Stoke and Nayland Road, They include:

Kipling Crescent, Tennyson Crescent, Keats Crescent, Shelley Avenue, Marlowe Street, Browning Crescent, Dickens Street, Homer Street, Coleridge Place


Primary schools

  • Stoke Primary School – founded 1845, the second oldest continuous public school in New Zealand
  • Nayland Primary School
  • Birchwood Primary School
  • Enner Glynn Primary School

Intermediate schools

  • Broadgreen Intermediate School

Secondary colleges


  1. ^ Stoke Demographics, Nelson City Council. Retrieved 4 September 2015.
  2. ^ Reed, A. W. (2010). Peter Dowling, ed. Place Names of New Zealand. Rosedale, North Shore: Raupo. p. 377. ISBN 9780143204107. 
  3. ^ Goodger, Karen (10 Dec 2010). "Beaut suburb is stoked at being NZ's top place". Nelson Mail. Fairfax New Zealand. Retrieved 2 December 2012. The Nelson suburb traditionally joked about as being a retirement village is officially New Zealand's favourite place. Stoke was awarded the honour at the Keep New Zealand Beautiful Awards in Parliament last night... 
  4. ^ Isel House and Park – legacy of the Marsden family The Prow. Retrieved 4 September 2015.

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Coordinates: 41°19′05″S 173°13′37″E / 41.318°S 173.227°E / -41.318; 173.227