The South Island is by far my favorite! And FD is a lucky chap because Nelson is maybe the best place on the South Island (although there are lots of other great places there.)
The North Cape and Bay of Islands are also very nice, but I will spend the majority of my time on the South Island when I return to Kiwi Land.
Yea living in Nelson ain't bad, although it aint all peaches and cream, We have this thing knowen as the "sunshine tax" That is living in a place where everyone wants to live, Has the rather annoying effect of driving house prices up and wages down.
If I lived in NZ in another part of the country (all other things being equal) I'd as an average tradesman have another $100 a week in the pocket. (mathes done about 7 years ago)
But F it, you just cannot buy being 5 min drive from a good beach, 10 min from the boat and all kinds of really good cycling tracks 48 seconds (ride) from my house, In a climate the is good a lot more often good than it is bad.
I gets worse, I get free firewood (and with young kids, a warm house is a happy house), I cannot eat an apple from the supermarket (spoilt) and the wife told me to stop bringing home free green lip mussles (fresh, as in still alive) because she had had enough of them.
But I have chosen to live here, ( as in I moved from another town to be here ).
Can't complain but sometimes I still do.