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  #2481716 12-May-2020 10:00
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I would choose Blenheim over Nelson any day. The climate is better in Blenheim, but the real reason is that Nelson is so Conservative in everything. The wacky religions just love that area. Marlborough is so much more civilized it has a vibrant community (might be the grapes) better Theatre offerings if you are into Live Theatre, and so many choices of where to live from Picton in North to Awatere Valley in South.

 

You have the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sounds, Port Underwood, The Centre of NZ Wine industry. Whats not to love about that.

 

 





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  #2481719 12-May-2020 10:06
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ronw:

 

Whats not to love about that [Blenheim]

 

 

The freakin wind.  All summer long.





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  #2481738 12-May-2020 10:20
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Our kids always found plenty to do in Nelson as teenagers.  It has at least two good schools - Nelson College and Nelson Girls College.   Safe place to bring up kids.  Easy to get around, the central area is all walkable distance.  Good recreation facilities.  The theatres are a bit rubbish, but one of our kids still enjoyed youth theatre a lot.

 

Big arts scene in Nelson region.  Great food, with a number of good restaurants ... TBC how many carry on post covid.  Saturday market is great - food, produce and arts and craft.  The annual kai festival is awesome.

 

It's a hard town to categorise on any sort of social or political spectrum, because it's so varied.

 

Great place for MTB, also good for day tramping and overnight tramping - Nelson lakes NP, Kahurangi NP, Richmond FP, a farm park and the Grampians Reserve.  Great place to own dog - Tahunanui back-beach and the riverside tracks.  Rabbit Island is awesome - walk, bike, swim picnic, BBQ.





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  #2481746 12-May-2020 10:23
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What wind. Click to see full size

 

MikeAqua:

 

The freakin wind.  All summer long.

 





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  #2481862 12-May-2020 12:50
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A disclaimer: I'm from the Coast originally (no, I wouldn't recommend that as a place to live) and spent lots of time in both Blenheim and Nelson, having had family in both places.

 

Both have their ups (Nelson = bigger, Blenheim = closer to ferries/Wellington) but with my boys being 7, it would come down today to what education is like in each respective place. Given one of my boys is autistic, part of me feels Nelson possibly offers a bit more in that regard.

 

Having said that, I last stayed in Nelson in the late 1980s when my Dad lived there, and stayed in Blenheim in 2007. I'd be happy with either - but it comes down to what would be better for my boys now.


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