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About Nelson

Nelson is internationally renowned for its unsurpassed natural beauty‚ its pleasant Mediterranean-style climate – sheltered from cold southerly weather, varied recreational activities and diverse cultural opportunities. Taken together‚ these provide a quality of life in Nelson unexcelled by any area of its size in the world.

It is less expensive to live in Nelson than in most metropolitan areas in New Zealand, and the proportion of families who live in their own home and of adults with tertiary qualifications is higher than the national average (2006 NZ Census).

Hailed as one of New Zealand’s most ‘liveable’ cities by Lonely Planet, Nelson is a bright, optimistic, worldly town, arranged around a flat grid on Tasman Bay. Nelson’s streets are dotted with beautiful Victorian houses, with a selection of Buddhist centres, naturopaths, yoga studios and galleries. Artsy wanderers mooch between cafés and coffee-carts, ducking into the Bridge St bars or poetry readings in bookshops. Beyond the urban fringe the coast and hills offer a plethora of activities, both relaxed and adrenalin-charged.

The Nelson region, extending west into the Tasman region, is a top destination for travellers to New Zealand – and for locals too. With more sunny days than anywhere else in the country, brilliant beaches and superb national parks (Kahurangi, Nelson Lakes and Abel Tasman) there’s plenty here to keep you occupied (or to lull you into sun-soaked sedation). The region is also home to a progressive, offbeat community of artists and winemakers.

It is the people that make Nelson the appealing city it really is. Family values and a strong sense of local community underpin day-to-day life in the region. We value our history and tradition, but we also welcome newcomers and the rich diversity they bring to our lives.

I am a relative newcomer myself, having lived most of my years in the North Island. However I am also convinced that Nelson is the best city in New Zealand for the ideal quality of life.

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  • 18 Scotland Street

    Nelson City, Nelson

    - Auction

    Style and Good Taste In a street brimming with charming houses in Nelson’s blue chip zone, this lovely home stands proud – newly renovated,...

    • 3
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    • 505 m²
  • 62 Manuka Street

    Nelson Central, Nelson

    - Auction

    Work From Home and Enjoy the Ambience This is a home of light and good feeling. Nestled in one of Nelson’s most sought-after locations,...

    • 4
    • 2
    • 200 m²
    • 607 m²
  • 4 Rosa Cristina Way

    Nelson City, Nelson

    - Deadline Sale

    Perfect Location, Perfect Home In a private and tranquil cul de sac of only three other homes off The Wood’s Grove Street, there’s 240...

    • 4
    • 2
    • 232 m²
    • 600 m²
  • 3 City Heights

    Nelson City, Nelson

    - Deadline Sale

    A home of gracious beauty If you are looking for a home that epitomizes the very best of this gorgeous city, then this is...

    • 4
    • 2
    • 260 m2 m²
    • 2040 m2 m²
  • Otium Valley, 35 Farleigh Street

    Atawhai, Nelson

    Priced from $339,000

    Otium is a Latin term usually associated with leisure, relaxation and opportunities for reflection and creativity. Here, in Otium Valley, the developer’s underlying intention...