Story: Nelson region

Alternative lifestyle: Tākaka Mardi Gras (1st of 2)

Alternative lifestyle: Tākaka Mardi Gras

Revellers walk down Tākaka’s main street during the town’s annual Mardi Gras. Golden Bay has been a centre for alternative lifestylers since hippies began moving there in the 1970s, attracted by the cheap land and pleasant climate. By the 2000s the land was no longer cheap, as wealthier people from overseas and New Zealand had also realised the attractions of the area. The alternative lifestylers have brought colour, arts and crafts, and made the bay’s community more diverse.

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Carl Walrond, 'Nelson region - Population and society', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 23 September 2021)

Story by Carl Walrond, updated 1 Aug 2015