*Sorry, our house is not available from November 2017 to April 2018.
Relax on the deck and watch the ships and boats in Tasman Bay.
Nelson prides itself on good food, wine, scenery, arts and culture.
Our 270-sq metre home in Atawhai, just 4kms from Nelson CBD, was built in 2001 and has been extensively modernized in the last 2 years. Whilst it is well-appointed and has some of the best sea views in Nelson it is not Homes & Gardens-style flashy.
The kitchen, dining and family room are open plan and all have excellent sea views, as does the main lounge which has a modern gas fire to make it cosy in winter. The rest of the house is heated, or cooled, by air conditioning. Ample decking and outdoor-living with garden furniture, shade cloth and barbecue.
The house has four bedrooms but only two (both with Queen-sized beds) are available. Each bedroom has its own large en-suite and there's a third bathroom with spa bath.
Wi-Fi is available and there is a good cellphone signal for most networks. The car (available with the exchange) is an automatic 2016 4x4 Nissan X-Trail. We would prefer the car not to be used for long touring journeys and kept within the Nelson/Tasman/Marlborough region. This is basically the top quarter of the South Island so gives you plenty of scope for day trips.
While relatively private, we do have friendly neighbours who can be called-upon to help with collecting post etc. should you leave the house for a few days.
The house is set in half an acre of garden and has superb, un-interrupted views across Tasman Bay to the Western Ranges, taking-in Port Nelson, the historic lighthouse (1862) and the Boulder Bank - one of the longest naturally-formed spits in the world, measuring 13kms. There is nothing more relaxing than to sit on the deck watching the ships, yachts and fishing boats going backwards and forwards, but if you would like to be on the water, rather than watching it, there are sailing, boating and fishing opportunities a-plenty.
Nelson is served by a regional airport (20-mins) and the Cook Strait ferries to the North Island (Wellington) are a 1.5-hour drive away at Picton.
There is a lengthy cycle network (Great Taste Cycle Trail) across the Nelson/Tasman region, a large, safe and sandy beach, golf courses, tennis courts, croquet, bowls, swimming pool, kayaking, wind-surfing, sail-boarding, paddle-boarding, sailing, fishing, etc, all within ten minutes of the house and hang-gliding, sky-diving, micro-light flying, private piloting (both helicopter and light aircraft), horse riding, quad bike riding, Flying Fox etc. - all within half an hour of the house.
There is a winter ski-field (Rainbow Ski Field) two hours away. A shuttle bus service is provided from Nelson.
You can choose a different golf course for every day of the week and follow-up your game with lunch at a different café or restaurant for every day of the month. Not to mention the wineries. The Nelson region produces some of the finest, award-winning wines as does neighbouring Marlborough.
Three of New Zealand's most beautiful National Parks are easily accessed from Nelson. The Abel Tasman National Park is renowned for its golden beaches, sculptured granite cliffs and world-famous Abel Tasman Coast Track. The Kahurangi NP is more rugged but has a network of tracks allowing you to explore wild rivers, high plateaux, alpine herbfields and coastal forests. Nelson Lakes NP offers tranquil beech forest, craggy mountains, clear streams and lakes both big and small.
Events and festivals include:
NZ Antique & Classic Boat Show – February/March.
Nelson Arts Festival - October
Harness Racing - January & June
International Film Festival - August - September
Opera in the Park - February
Founders Book Fair – Queen’s Birthday Weekend (first week of June)
Adams Chamber Music Festival – biennial (31 Jan-9 Feb 2019)
All Blacks v. Pumas - Trafalgar Park, Nelson. (Sept 8 2018)
Setting: House - 2 or more floors / Main Residence, Suburban, Mountains, Seaside
Entertainment: Internet access, TV, Wireless Internet (WiFi)
Amenities: Air Conditioning, Balcony / Deck, Dishwasher, Clothes Washer, Clothes Dryer, Microwave Oven, Peaceful Surroundings, View, Fireplace, Privacy / Seclusion, Garden, Heating, Garage, Jacuzzi, Parking included, Terrace / Patio
Extras: Corner Shop, Supermarket
Leisure: Park / Playground, Cafés, Gym / Health Club, Restaurants, Shopping
Cultural: Concerts, Galleries, Museums, Theatre
Transport: Bus, Car Necessary
Conditions: Smoking Not Allowed, Car Exchange is preferred