Nelson is often claimed to have the best climate in New Zealand – a big accolade for a country with such diversity of environment. The local economy is robust, and mainly founded upon agriculture, tourism, horticulture, seafood and forestry. Nelson's innovative creativity extends into several developing industry clusters, including information technology, aviation, engineering technology, and wellness and natural health products. High employment rates mean a stable economy and plenty of opportunity for the expanding population.
As a town, Nelson is a thriving hub of shops, cafés, restaurants and boutique wineries and breweries, and has a vibrant arts scene. The opportunities to enjoy an outdoor lifestyle amongst the parks, reserves and beaches are plentiful.
Nelson attracts residents and tourists in their droves. Its property market can provide both long term rentals and strong holiday accommodation returns.
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