The Village of Wakefield, a Rural Centre, is located in the Tasman District at the northern end of New Zealand’s South Island. The Village is located 10 km southeast of Richmond, the District’s Service Centre, and 25km southeast of the City of Nelson.
Known as Pitfure originally Wakefield is one of NZ’s oldest villages and began in 1843 shortly after the arrival of Nelson’s First Settlers, many of who were allocated tracts of land in the area to develop into farmland.
The Wakefield Bowling Club is centred centrally near the Village Square and is now in its 110th year. Catering for the sport of Lawn Bowls the Club has excellent facilities including a Bowling Green and a Clubhouse with a licensed Bar. Members include both men and women whose ages vary from 15-88. The majority live in and around the two rural Townships of Brightwater and Wakefield.
The Tasman District is one of the fastest growing regions in the country and Brightwater and Wakefield currently share in this growth with many city dwellers discovering the advantages of country living. The area is also now home for many Expat Brits and the Wakefield Bowling Club has many of these among its members.
The Wakefield Bowling Club is affiliated to both Bowls Nelson and Bowls New Zealand. The bowling season begins in September each year ending in April but activities continue through the winter months.