Nelson, New Zealand

Architect's home in Nelson City

House 9 4 2
About Our Home
Our large home is modern and architect-designed to make best use of the sun. We are up on a hillside, with superb views and sunsets, looking across Nelson Haven and Port Nelson to the western ranges, and out to Tasman Bay. We have 3 king/queen bedrooms and one single bedroom, a big and sunny living room with good AV equipment, satellite 50" TV and great view. Outside there are decks, terraces and BBQ for outdoor living, a spa and sauna, and we have a good gym set up in our garage for people like us that enjoy exercise. There is car parking, and the option of swapping cars (we have a Honda Odyssey 6-seater). The house is well furnished with plenty of local art, and is full of items we have collected in our travels around the world. We have a good library of books on travel and other subjects. We have broadband wireless internet. Nelson is a great base for many activities. Temperature is warm in summer and mild in winter, with more sunshine than anywhere else in New Zealand. It is a safe and small city (40,000 population) with a lively outdoor cafe culture and lots of places to walk or hike. Nelson region is known for its art, wine, food and outdoor activities. You can also have access to a second holiday home in the Marlborough Sounds. In June 2009, Nelson was voted one of the top three "most charming small towns in the world" by - a website with 15 million viewers per week!! See (link replaced) for more. Many of our exchangers have told us that our home is the best they have exchanged to, both for the house and the location of Nelson.
Special Considerations
No smoking or pets.
Nelson is full of restaurants of all types and ethnicities, and has dozens of cafes to choose from.
Nelson city museum, Suter Art Gallery
You can be in the hills in 2 minutes walk from our home

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Member since: Nov 2011
Availability:   Depends on the offer
Prior exchanges:  12

  Our Dream Trip

destinations Anywhere,  Italy,  France,  Spain
destinations Anytime

  About Us

  1. We are a couple in our 50s, with children away overseas now.
  2. We work part-time so we can do more of the things we want to do, especially travel.
  3. We are a professional couple with architecture and town planning backgrounds.

  Personal Message

John now does computer work, and Karen has just published a book about Nelson. We are avid travellers, and have been all over the world, but particularly around Asia and Europe. We have two adult children who have both finished university degrees in Wellington NZ, and do not normally travel with us on exchanges as they live in Europe and Melbourne. We guarantee to look after your home very well and expect you to do the same. We've travelled a lot, and are looking to continue to do house...