Nelson is served by a busy regional airport just 20 mins drive away. Flights from Nelson to Wellington take approx. 20mins. Flights to Christchurch approx. 45mins, Auckland approx. 1 hour 20mins. Queenstown involves a change of plane at Christchurch.
There is a lengthy cycle network (Great Taste Cycle Trail) across the Nelson/Tasman region, world-class mountain bike trails, 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
Rugby matches at Trafalgar Park.
International cricket at Saxton Fields.