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Regions Offer the X-Factor - Nelson

The lure of a smaller mortgage (or the chance to be mortgage free!) is just one of the reasons drawing Kiwis to the regions. Along with cheaper house prices, Nelson, Queenstown and Katikati each offer an x-factor lifestyle, which can be hard to find in busy cities.

Curious about life outside of the city? We’ve taken a closer look at Nelson, Queenstown and Katikati to find out why they tick all the boxes for a lifestyle change.

Nelson is the first of our series exploring why it offer’s the x-factor to buyers.


Known for:  

  • New Zealand’s Sunniest Place, with 2,314 hours of sunshine in 2019.
  • Stunning beaches - on the Abel Tasman’s doorstep, and claims to fame including Kaiteriteri Beach, Nelson offers a beach lifestyle like no other. Families and older couples looking to soak up the sun are drawn to Nelson’s gorgeous beaches and natural beauty.

Debbie Watson, Co-Owner of Tall Poppy Nelson, says Nelson’s lifestyle is like no other.

“We live by amazing beaches, lakes, and mountains. Abel Tasman and the Heaphy Track are on our doorstep. Whether you are into mountain biking, boating, kayaking, or fishing there is something for everyone.”

“People shifting into Nelson often reduce their mortgages, enjoy less traffic, a relaxed way of life and a carefree environment to bring up children.”

Debbie Watson says Nelson is built on a love for the outdoors.

“When my parents moved here from Auckland 17 years ago, their comment was people didn't spend all weekend at the shops - they were more interested in how you spent your time recreationally. We’re still that community today.”

Dreaming of Nelson? Click here to browse available homes.

If we’ve sparked in you a desire to explore some of the fantastic places to live in around New Zealand, give our team of experts a call today on 0800 82 55 76.