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Live the Day in Nelson

Located at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, beautiful Nelson is full of delightful surprises.

The geographical centre of the country, it’s highly connected to other city centres. Plus, it has some of the nation’s lowest unemployment rates, and boasts the most sunshine hours in the entire country!

What’s not surprising is that Nelson – and the surrounding area – is a fantastic place to live. There is so much to offer. In fact, we are surprised that only around 100,000 people live in the Nelson/Tasman region!

Here are just five of the best things you will get to appreciate if you move to Nelson.


1. The Economy Is Thriving

Let’s start with practical matters. Unless you are planning on retiring to Nelson, you will probably be in the market for some kind of employment. If you are planning to retire to Nelson, it’s a great idea! The region is extremely popular with retirees, and very well set up to support those in their golden years!

But, right now we are talking about employment opportunities. As we mentioned above, employment rates in Nelson are some of the lowest in NZ. The region is home to Australasia’s biggest fishing port, as well as the largest farm in the country. Clearly, the agricultural industry is going strong here.

There’s also growth in the retail, wholesale and transport industries. Skilled employees at all levels are in demand. Along with this, there is an increasing demand for people working in the health, wellness, and sustainability spheres. Not to mention construction and plenty of support for the arts…


2. An Enviable Art Scene

Nelson and nearby areas have a reputation as an artsy, alternative kind of place – and for good reason. NZ’s pottery scene sprung from Nelson, as did the World of Wearable Arts show (before it got so big it had to move to Wellington).

From glass blowers and woodcarvers to visual artists and everything in between, the region has the highest per capita artist community in NZ. Whether you are an artist yourself or simply enjoy appreciating other people’s work, you will find a welcoming embrace here.


3. A More Affordable Quality Of Life, With All The Perks!

When compared to other major cities in New Zealand, Nelson offers much more value for money in the housing market, with average house prices being hundreds of thousands of dollars less than Auckland or even Wellington. Rental costs are also lower in comparison.

So, you will get more house for your money, but you will also be in a well-connected area within easy reach of other major cities. Traffic is a non-issue on your daily commute, there’s plenty of parking, public transport is great, healthcare is readily available, and there are plenty of great schools.

Some of the suburbs you might want to consider are Enner Glynn and Atawhai for their family friendly nature and proximity to the schools. Toi Toi is an area that is getting revitalised and is an affordable place to gain lots of community spirit. Stoke, Richmond and Brightwater are a little bit more removed, to the South of Nelson and tend to be quieter than Nelson Central.

Britannia Heights and Redwood Valley have higher price tags due to their location – premium lifestyles areas. And if you want to be near the beach, choose Tahunanui for more affordable options and Kaiteriteri for a holiday home vibe.


4. You Will Never Go Thirsty

As part of the Marlborough region, Nelson has ready access to more than 100 vineyards, and the best Sauvignon Blanc on the planet! But if you are more into the amber liquid, no problem! The sunny climate here is excellent for growing hops, so no surprise that Nelson is known as the craft brewing capital of New Zealand.


5. Stunning Scenery On Your Doorstep

Golden beaches, gushing rivers, and no less than three national parks – what more could any nature lover want?

The region is a mecca for mountain biking, but you can also take your pick of watersports, hiking, and fishing. And with all that sun, there’s no excuse not to make the most of the beautiful natural surroundings in your downtime.


If you are considering moving somewhere with endless sunshine and activities galore, then Nelson might just be the town for you!

Moving house is hard enough when you are just shifting suburbs. But if you are moving towns or islands then you are going to need some relocation help. Get in touch with us here at Crown for a free moving quote on house relocation, storage, insurance and much more.