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#270468 11-May-2020 11:52
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Having conversation yesterday with the wife, while biking along Tamakai Drive in Auckland, the question..."do we need to live in Auckland anymore"? Came about.

 

 

 

Anyway, has anyone made the move to Nelson, is anyone on here from Nelson?

 

Lets have a conversation about Nelson.

 

 

 

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  #2481101 11-May-2020 12:34
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I grew up in Nelson, parents still there so I'm down often.

 

Great for kids and outdoor activities, a slower pace of life and people generally seem to be friendlier. Heaps of craft food producers if you can afford it... 

 

One thing I noticed after coming to Auckland is how crap the weather is here. I took all the sunshine for granted. 


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  #2481109 11-May-2020 12:40
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In-laws live in Nelson, love it there so we're their regularly. Would happily live there if I could find work there in my field. My wife did work there before her parents moved there to retire and she enjoyed it. 


 
 
 
 


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  #2481118 11-May-2020 12:52
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My parents moved to Richmond from Christchurch about four years ago and they didn't regret it.

 

It's a great place for recreation - there are heaps of excellent tracks where my father goes mountain biking and I go running when I visit. Tahunanui is one of my favourite beaches in the country, and there are lots of cool places within a short driving distance like Mapua, Rabbit Island, Cable Bay, etc. 

 

I'd live there one day if I get the chance.


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  #2481178 11-May-2020 14:20
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alasta:

 

My parents moved to Richmond from Christchurch about four years ago and they didn't regret it.

 

It's a great place for recreation - there are heaps of excellent tracks where my father goes mountain biking and I go running when I visit. Tahunanui is one of my favourite beaches in the country, and there are lots of cool places within a short driving distance like Mapua, Rabbit Island, Cable Bay, etc. 

 

I'd live there one day if I get the chance.

 

 

 

 

Yeah, in-laws live in Ruby Bay. Right down the road from Mapua.


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  #2481205 11-May-2020 14:47
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I lived in Nelson for years, until about this time last year.  

 

What do you want to know?

 

 





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  #2481347 11-May-2020 16:14
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Did the same as you last year and ended up in Oamaru, with Whakatane in second place.  I've never visited Nelson but would've been in my list if housing was cheaper.


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  #2481352 11-May-2020 16:25
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Nelson is a nice town. 

 

Don't live there, but have visited a few times.   It has a nice vibe.  My preference is for larger cities, but, if I had to live in a small town I think Nelson would be at the top of my list. 

 

 


 
 
 
 


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  #2481376 11-May-2020 17:08
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surfisup1000:

 

Nelson is a nice town. 

 

Don't live there, but have visited a few times.   It has a nice vibe.  My preference is for larger cities, but, if I had to live in a small town I think Nelson would be at the top of my list. 

 

 

We used to split our time between Wellington and Nelson (called Nellying).  Best of both worlds.





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  #2481388 11-May-2020 17:17
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Moving from Auckland the house pricing isn't tooooo bad, if you're moving from almost anywhere else in the South Island (Queenstown / Wanaka excluded) then the pricing is a bit of a gut-punch.

 

Nice place, typically lots of sunshine and some great outdoor pursuits are right on your backdoor.

 

I go there semi-regularly for business and it's certainly a nice place to visit - I probably wouldn't live there at this point of my life (I like big cities for now) but certainly wouldn't discount it.


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  #2481623 12-May-2020 07:00
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I visited lots when I was a kid and thought about living there (Blenheim too) but it never happened sadly. Both places are really nice, although probably Nelson has more of a city-ness feel about it than Blenheim does.


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  #2481657 12-May-2020 08:47
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quickymart:

 

probably Nelson has more of a city-ness feel about it than Blenheim does.

 

 

Polite understatement 😄?  I live in Blenheim.  Great when you have little kids.  Beyond that, it's tumble-weeds as far as the urban experience goes. 

 

But only 20 minutes to Welly (normally).

 

 





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  #2481658 12-May-2020 08:52
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Dunnersfella:

 

Nice place, typically lots of sunshine and some great outdoor pursuits are right on your backdoor.

 

 

Nelson is very sunny but also quite wet.  If it's overcast or cloudy, it's probably raining.  Also, there is a daily Sea-breeze on sunny days during spring and summer.





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  #2481665 12-May-2020 09:09
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My wife and I like Nelson and would have considered moving there but for work. She needs access to a decent size city so we settled on the Wairarapa. Good weather, public transport links to Wellington, vineyards, olive trees etc.








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  #2481686 12-May-2020 09:24
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Appreciate the replies. I don't need any specific information, just the general consensus.

 

Wife and I are fortunate that we don't necessarily need to live in AKL for work, we are fairly remote around NZ where need be, hence a move. 

 

I like the idea of being close to Wellington, and 1.5 hrs and your in AKL is tops.

 

Looking at house prices, they are massively more affordable and this is an influencing factor.

 

 

 

I have a 9 and a 6 yr old, (10 and 7 this yr), as kids grow older are they likely to get bored living in somewhere like Nelson? Answering my own question, I suppose it's down to what the kids are interested in doing... 

 

For the adults, we take some entertainment elements from AKL, but would certainly find new interests where ever we settled. 

 

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  #2481704 12-May-2020 09:40
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I have lived in Nelson for 40+ years and have brought up a family here. Great place for kids, with lots of outdoor options such as walks, biking, swimming, beaches, fishing, sports, etc etc. The weather is great! The "kids' are no longer children, and are mature adults who have travelled the world but returned to NZ, and are now trapped by their jobs in our major cities. They visit when they can. They all remember their childhood with affection and, without exception, they all express a 'Sometime Wish" to come back to live in Nelson. The main problem is that jobs are in short supply and, when the Covid "dust" settles, there will be even less. In the meantime, Nelson has class with an active art scene, a Centre of Musical Arts, potters, top restaurants and a famous Saturday Market. We like it, so we stay.


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