Why Live in Nelson?
Nelson is a lifestyle region at the top of the South Island, surrounded by sheltering mountain ranges giving it an enviable Mediterranean-type climate – it is renowned for its year-round sunshine, golden beaches, national parks, boutique wineries, seafood, micro breweries and a large artist community. It is a place to relax, a place to play, and a place to indulge.
Nelson is without question, the city in New Zealand where most Kiwis would love to live. A safe family environment with one of Australasia’s lowest crime rates, consistently good schools at all levels, and a huge range of activities and opportunities for every family member regardless of age.
On the edge of the great outdoors, flanked by national parks, with boating at its doorstep, a ski field a few hours drive away, and a choice of golf clubs, this is not a city for the avid couch potato.
Why live in Nelson? Can’t think why not. It has everything. What are you waiting for?
Nelson, New Zealand
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The city of Nelson is close to the centre of New Zealand. It lies at the shore of Tasman Bay, at the northern end of the South Island, and is the administrative centre of the Nelson region.
The annual Wearable Art Awards began near Nelson and a museum, World of Wearable Art, is now housed close to Nelson Airport showcasing winning designs.
Nelson is a centre for arts and crafts, and each year hosts popular events such as the Nelson Arts Festival. The annual Wearable Art Awards began near Nelson and a museum, World of Wearable Art, is now housed close to Nelson Airport showcasing winning designs.
Brightwater, near Nelson is the birthplace of Lord Rutherford, the Nobel Prize-winning physicist who successfully split the atom. His image appears on New Zealand’s $100 banknote, the largest denomination in circulation in New Zealand.
Nelson received its name in honour of the Admiral Horatio Nelson who defeated both the French and Spanish fleets at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805. Many of the roads and public areas around the city are named after people and ships associated with that battle and Trafalgar Street is the main shopping axis of the city. Inhabitants of Nelson are referred to as Nelsonians.
Nelson’s Māori name, Whakatū, means ‘build’, ‘raise’, or ‘establish’. Nelson is one of the few New Zealand cities to have its own flag.
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The Nelson Tasman or “Top of the South” region is administered as two unitary authorities by Nelson City Council and the (much larger in geographical area) adjoining Tasman District Council, headquartered in Richmond 15 kilometres to the south west. It is between Marlborough, another unitary authority, to the east, and the West Coast Regional Council to the west.
For some while, there has been talk about amalgamating the two authorities in order to streamline and render more financially economical the existing co-operation between the two councils, exemplified by similar action in the creation of Nelson Tasman Tourism,a jointly owned tourism promotion organisation.
Nelson has beaches and a sheltered harbour. The harbour entrance is protected by a Boulder Bank, a natural, 13 km bank of rocks transported south from Mackay Bluff via longshore drift. The bank creates a perfect natural harbour which enticed the first settlers although the entrance was narrow. The wreck of the Fifeshire on Arrow Rock (now called Fifeshire Rock in memory of this disaster) in 1842 proved the difficulty of the passage. A cut was later made in the bank in 1906 which allowed larger vessels access to the port.
The creation of Rocks Road around the waterfront area after the Tahunanui slump in 1892 increased the effects of the tide on Nelson city’s beach, Tahunanui, and removed sediment. This meant the popular beach and adjoining car park was being eroded (plus the sand dunes) so a project to replace these sands was put in place and has so far proved a success, with the sand rising a considerable amount and the dunes continuing to grow.