New energy efficient house overlooking Tasman Bay

New energy efficient house overlooking Tasman Bay


Mar 2017

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3 Bedrooms
Sleeps 6
2 Bathrooms

About our home

Our house is in sunny Nelson at the top of New Zealand’s South Island and has great views over Tasman Bay. We are located on the edge of the town and back onto countryside, with a track running next to the house that gives immediate access to excellent walking and biking yet it is only 20 minutes’ walk or 5 minutes’ drive into the CBD. It is six years old and is built to high energy efficient standards. We have three double bedrooms upstairs and are happy to negotiate the option of a fourth double bedroom downstairs. The house has wonderful views over Tasman Bay and the surrounding countryside. It is 2 storey and has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a study, a living room and a kitchen/dining/family room. It has plenty of off-street parking and a mature half acre garden. The house uses solar power as well as grid electricity and has rainwater collection.
Nelson has more sunshine hours than anywhere else in New Zealand and is at the same latitude as Madrid in the northern hemisphere so it is warm and generally only rains in October/November. It is well known for its wines, craft beer, seafood and fruit. It is very much a cafe society and has several high quality restaurants as well as ones serving international food. Nelson is home to a lot of artists and it has a thriving marina. It is within 90 minutes drive of four national parks and is one of the best mountain bike centres in New Zealand
We have enjoyed home-swapping for several years and have always had very positive feedback. We have also had house-sitters and we know from our own experience how important it is to be able to relax on holiday knowing that everything is being taken care of back home. We are empty-nesters and retired but we both volunteer and are both heavily into the Nelson community. We both enjoy tramping, cycling and sailing as well as spending time reading and going to the cinema, and the theatre. We plan to increase the time we spend travelling in the coming years and to be able to spend quality time in new places so that we can get to know the area and its community.


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  1. We are empty nesters who want to travel

  2. We enjoy the great outdoors and getting into the community

  3. We also enjoy the cinema, theatre and music and good food

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Where is it?


Buzzy restaurants
Nelson restaurants offer a wide range of culinary delights from Hopgoods, rated one of New Zealand's best restaurants, to fish restauarants overlooking the Bay, and menus from around the world
Cool bars
Nelson's bars include the Free House, a converted Methodist church that has a wide range of craft beers to the Oyster Bar, selling tapas and fine wines and beers
Cozy cafés
Nelson has a huge number of cafes, many of which have won national awards for their coffee. There are cafes and coffee carts on practically every street in the CBD and Nelson is famous for its cafe culture.
Retail therapy
Nelson is well-known for its arts and crafts. It has three local markets featuring local and organic feed and locally produced crafts. In the Nelson region we have many wineries, producing quality Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and we also have more microbreweries per head of poulation than anywhere in New Zealand.
Bit of culture
Nelson has one of the best musical auditoriums in the Southern Hemisphere which is host to the bi-annual Adams Chamber Music Festival. It also has the oldest wooden theatre in the Southern hemisphere which has been recently renovated to modern standards. Nelson has an annual Arts Festival and is the original home of the World of Wearable Arts. The Suter Art Gallery has an excellent collection of local and national artists' works and also has an auditorium. In summer we have a jazz festival and a buskers festival and we have many visiting touring groups.
Walks in the park
Nelson is surrounded by excellent walking opportunities ranging from half an hours walk up the Grampians to several days' walks in the Richmond Hills or any of the four national parks within 90 minutes drive. In town there are walks by the river, along the sea-front and the beach, and in Queens Garden. Walking is a major pastime for most Nelsonians
Spot of exercise
Nelson is blessed with many opportunities to exercise. These include water sports such as sailing, sea-swimming, river and sea kayaking and kite surfing. There is excellent river and sea fishing. Nelson has extensive mountain bike trails and a long-distance 175km off-road cycle trail. It has access to walking tracks from the centre of town, including a half hour walk up the 'Centre of New Zealand'. New Zealand's long distance trail from the top of the North Island to the bottom of the South Island, Te Araroa, passes through the hills behind Nelson. There are also opportunities for gliding and hang-gliding In winter the local ski field is 90 minutes drive
Day tripping
Nelson has four national parks to explore; trips to Golden Bay, Marlborough and the Moutere hills. Further afield we have Hanmer Hot Springs for a good soak and the West Coast for pristine rain forest and the wild Pacific breakers.

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