There’s so much to love about the oldest city on the South Island – Nelson. An incredibly hip and vibrant place, Nelson hosts the annual Nelson Arts Festival along with the World of Wearable Art, on top of a collection of classic cars. It’s far from one of New Zealand’s largest cities, weighing in at just over 50,000 people, but what it lacks in size, it makes up for in character. It’s an artsy, nature-loving paradise where active and creative people, and all other types, are proud to call it their own. Let’s go through some of our favourite suburbs in Nelson to figure out which is best for you.


Tāhunanui is one of the most sought-after pockets of Nelson, and for a good reason. This beachside suburb is lined with pretty streets and is just a 10 minutes’ drive to the CBD. Tāhunanui Beach is in walking distance – the perfect place to spend a weekend afternoon in summer. It’s the ideal spot for family life, with good schools such as Tāhunanui School and Henley School and playground very close by as well.

The Wood

Not every suburb has everything you want, right? Wrong. That’s where we’d like to introduce the stunning area of The Wood. It’s a gorgeous waterside district which overlooks the Tasman Bay and the Maitai River. If you love popping out to cafes and restaurants, then The Wood has plenty of options for you. Nature has a big presence in The Wood, with walking trails leading up to Botanical Hill, offering amazing views of the city. There’s also lush, green spaces like Trafalgar Park and the Japanese-style Miyazu Garden, featuring cherry trees, ponds and little bridges. And the best part? It’s literally walking distance from the heart of town.


It’s a little further out, but it presents the picture-perfect suburban family life: Richmond is where many young families are moving to, in order to have a greater slice of that New Zealand dream. There are wide, open parks, easy access to shopping centres and peaceful streets with cafes and restaurants in close proximity.


Perched on a little peninsula in the south of Nelson, Monaco is an idyllic waterfront suburb with gorgeous homes, a charming pub and super close proximity to the airport. It’s less than 12 minutes’ drive to the city.

Now that you know a little more about Nelson, it’s time to get in touch with the people who’ll take you there. New Zealand Movers are one of the country’s most reputable team of movers. They carry out highly organised and thorough moves on a local and international level. Wherever you’re going, New Zealand Movers can help you get there affordable and reliably, so start your new Nelson life by contacting them today, call: 0800 000 022

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