About Harrington Eyecare Nelson

We are centrally based in Nelson City and only a short distance walk from the Nelson i-Site on Halifax Street. We have a large selection of frames on the shelf so you can choose the right look for you. Our staff have great knowledge of these frames and have the knack to helping you pick the right frames for you.

Our opening hours are:

Monday–Wednesday 8.30am-5.30pm
Thursday 8.30am-7pm
Friday 8.30am-5.30pm

Parking is available at the rear of our location otherwise there is paid parking available at the i-Site car-park, only a short distance walk away.



Every day is different, every person has their own special identity and each has their own specific vision requirements. I enjoy the challenge of working and advising our clients to meet their needs, and they purchase from us spectacles and sunglasses they will ENJOY wearing
- Patsy Connell

Meet our Nelson team

Richard Newson - Optometrist & Owner

Richard Newson - Optometrist & Owner

Richard has had over 21 years’ experience in the optical industry and has been with Harrington Eyecare since 1999.

Richard is predominantly in Richmond with two regular working days in Nelson.

Richard has been a Councillor and President of the New Zealand Cornea and Contact Lens Society and is currently the Secretary/Treasurer. 

Time outside of work is spent with his family and enjoying exploring the beautiful scenery this region has to offer either by his road or mountain bike.



Julie Jones - Optometrist

Julie Jones - Optometrist

Julie has been with Harrington Eyecare since 1994. She was the first optometrist in Nelson to complete the post graduate qualification in therapeutic optometry. 

Julie is an active mountain biker and is often seen in the hills of Nelson indulging in this passion

Jim - Workshop Manager

Jim - Workshop Manager

Jim joined the practice in 1988. He is available to discuss lenses, help with frame selection, and is in charge of the workshop. Jim has a wealth of knowledge after his many years in the optometric industry.

Linda - Optometric Assistant

Linda - Optometric Assistant

With a history of customer service Linda became a member of the team as an Optometric Assistant in 2005.

Primarily responsible for the smooth runnng of the front desk.

Linda is likely to be the first person to greet you or answer your phone call. Linda enjoys the variety of work the practice has to offer.