Bruce Farquhar represents
Bayleys Nelson, Licensed REAA2008

For Buying or Selling Nelson Property

What’s Life Like in Nelson New Zealand and What is the Property Market Like?

Above all else we wish you a relaxing and enjoyable Easter weekend.

If you’re in Nelson and planning to look at property, note that we’re doing our open homes on Saturday. That leaves you free to check out the very excellent Mapua Easter Fair on Sunday. In all the years they’ve been running the fair, they’ve never needed to deploy their wet-weather plan, and the weather man is suggesting that this year will be no exception – well worth heading out there.

On the Nelson Fine Homes Facebook site we are running a competition over the next 24 hours – the prize is a $75 voucher for Paula’s Plate – one of my favourite eating places in Nelson, and found on the corner of Rutherford and Hardy Streets. If you’d like to enter, go to

Our two new listings are having their first open homes this weekend and we look forward to seeing you there.

33 Atmore Terrace, Nelson is a big family home on over ¾ of an acre – a few minutes’ drive to town but well above the hustle and bustle of the city. Nestled amongst the bush, its private, north-facing, and ready to move into now.

18 Laval Heights, Nelson is a modern home with gorgeous sun and a wide, panoramic view from just about every room in the house. It’s a great entertainer, with a low maintenance section, and nice and close to town.

Have a great week.

What is Nelson like?

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 54 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.

New Listings