Nelson is New Zealand’s sunshine capital, with delightfully warm summers, crisp white wines and picturesque landscapes. It’s easy to see why Nelson is one of New Zealand’s most visited areas, and there’s no wonder you’re considering making it your home. In this article New Zealand Movers share the top 5 reasons to move to Nelson.

Great housing value

House prices have sky-rocketed on the North Island, meaning you really don’t get much bang for your buck. The housing median in Nelson is about 40% lower than Auckland. So, whether you’re looking to rent or buy, your dollar will go a lot further. A nicer house, bigger backyard and in your ideal location – sounds great, doesn’t it? That’s what you’ll get when you buy in Nelson.

Easy commute

Well, we can barely call it a ‘commute’. Say goodbye to the horrendous peak hours that occur in other major cities. If driving isn’t your thing, Nelson is home to many renowned cycle trails which bring people from all over the world to enjoy. So, whether you’re a bike enthusiast or looking to get active, Nelson is the perfect place to cycle and keep fit.

Thriving economy

Nelson’s economy is booming and it’s easy to see why; there’s a happening art scene, large farming sector and it’s home to New Zealand’s largest fishing port. Unemployment rates are much lower than most parts of the country, plus there are great employment opportunities – particularly in industries such as health, transport and retail.


Craving nature? Wanting a place to reconnect, recharge and completely unwind? Nelson is the place to be. You’re so close to rivers, lakes, forests mountains and beaches. Whether you’re mountain biking at Kaiteriteri or sunbathing on the secluded Awaroa Beach, you’re never short of options. With sunshine almost year-round, you’ll have ample opportunities to explore all of the golden sand beaches, kayak and even partake in some white-water rafting to appeal to the thrill-seeker in you.

Food and drinks

With rich soil, sunny days and gorgeous landscapes, Nelson produces top quality food and drinks. Head inland to Moutere and you’ll be treated with award winning gourmet cheeses, dry white wines and traditional apple cider; if you prefer, stick to the coast and make your way to Motueka and choose between home-made gelato containing local fruit or for something a little more decadent a hand-crafted buttercream donut.

With a strong economy, a great sense of community and a lower cost of living you can see why the Nelson region is a fantastic place to reside. With an abundance of nature and great food, you’ll never run out of things to do.

If you’re ready to make the move to Nelson, get in touch with New Zealand Movers. They’re the experts in intercity moves and pride themselves on a professional, affordable service, even offering packing and storage to take all the hard work out of moving. Get a quote from New Zealand Movers today.