Highly Connected

It is easy to live an extraordinary life here while being connected to each other, the rest of New Zealand and the world.

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Proof Points

  • Geographic centre of New Zealand, with up to 600 flights in and out per week.
  • High-achieving schools (Government NCEA goal reached two years ahead of target).
  • Low crime rate with the highest crime resolution rate.
  • Lower unemployment compared with the national average.
  • Exceptional value for your housing dollar.
  • Acclaimed cycle network for all ages and terrains (city and off-road).
  • The largest fishing port in Australasia, with large forestry, horticulture and wine operations.
  • World-class sporting facilities and fixtures – Saxton Fields, Trafalgar Centre and Trafalgar Park, hosting regular national and international fixtures.
  • 80% Ultra-Fast Broadband (UFB) coverage in Nelson, 98% regional coverage by 2023.
  • A central city hospital and outlying regional hospitals.
  • 90 minutes from the city or Motueka to acclaimed wilderness areas Abel Tasman, Kahurangi, Nelson Lakes.
  • Fifteen minutes from the city to the Centre of New Zealand, historic Cable Bay, Dun Mountain and Horoirangi Marine Reserve.

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The Highly Connected Story

CWC 2015 ireland west indies match saxton oval imageLiving an extraordinary life is an everyday experience in Nelson Tasman. We have the largest city and commercial centre across the Top of the South Island, excellent roads, paths and cycle lanes and plans for more to get you to your work and your playground on the water, mountains, trails or sports fields. You get exceptional value for your housing dollar. We also have access to high-quality schools and sports clubs achieving on the national stage.

The Saxton Sport Complex is a world-class, multi-sport facility for netball, football, cricket, softball, basketball and more, and the CBD’s Trafalgar Park plays host to international rugby games and other local and national events.

We talk in ‘minutes’ in Nelson Tasman – 90 minutes from the city or Motueka to acclaimed wilderness areas Abel Tasman, Kahurangi, Nelson Lakes, 15 minutes from the city to the Centre of New Zealand, historic Cable Bay, Dun Mountain and Horoirangi Marine Reserve. And being the geographical centre of New Zealand, it’s handy to many places, 25 minutes to Wellington, 85 minutes to Auckland and 50 minutes to Christchurch.

Connections to Nelson Tasman are multiple. We have 600 flights per week in and out of Nelson Airport to New Zealand's main centres. Port Nelson is the maritime centre of the region, connecting exporters and importers to the world. And if you want to do business offshore, as many people here do, or Skype a distant relative, that’s easy too, with 80% of the region’s households having access to UFB, 98% by 2023.

Performance Art on Trafalgar Street 7We’ve got low crime and unemployment levels, and vibrant city and town centres offering cafes, bars and boutique shopping. A full calendar of arts and cultural events means you don’t need to leave the city to see the world. And our business sector is booming with jobs for smart people. 

For one small region, we offer a lifetime of activities, with our three national parks, mountains, beaches and mountain bike trails all wrapped up in that famous Nelson Tasman sun.

The ordinary is extraordinary in Nelson Tasman. It is highly connected both locally and globally, a place of surprising diversity, vibrant arts and artisans, with clever city and rural businesses, all thriving amongst stunning natural landscapes. It is the ideal place to live, work and play.

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