Daily Archives: November 13, 2008

Nelson Lakes National Park – What to do?

Nelson Lakes National ParkWhat to do in the Top of the South? If you drive south from Nelson, about 70km, you will arrive in St. Arnaud located on the northern most side of Lake Rotoiti.

Nelson Lakes National Park † is a stunningly scenic place with the lakes, beech forest, and mountains, packaged into what has been termed ‘New Zealand’s most user friendly National Park’.

Amongst conservation organisations the world over, a relatively small area near Lake Rotoiti, has become famous in the last few years. The Rotoiti Nature Recovery
Project is an ambitious and very successful “Mainland Island”. A “Mainland Island” is a
term for an area under intensive pest control. The aim is to return an area of honey dew native beech forest, back to it’s original pre-human, pest free state.

newzealand.com photoWith its two Lakes, Lake Rotoiti and Lake Rotoroa, along with the “alpine” like township St. Arnaud, the Nelson Lakes National Park are the base for many seasonal activities and events.

Snow capped peaks in winter provide for the South Islands most northerly skifield.

In summer the hills are busy with the arrival of walkers, hikers / trampers, etc.

Also during the Summer Months the annual Classic & Wooden Boat show is held.

Nelson Lakes Gliding ClubJust completed last weekend we had the 2008 St. Arnaud to Westport “Source to Sea” cycle race over a distance of 100 miles. It’s also an annual event attracting a wide range of riders.

Fishing to get that trophy brown trout is also a very popular activity in the region, with many overseas visitors making the trip to NZ just to do trout fishing.

The fantastic scenery though is best viewed from up above it, and yes there is a way to do that too. The Nelson Lakes Gliding club is based at Lake Station which is about 9 kilometers west of St Arnaud and they can even teach you to fly ( conditions apply ).

SOURCE – NZ DOC (Department of Conservation)

Residential Property Market Defies Doom and Gloom

13th Nov – REINZ has just released their figures for October 2008 and it shows a mixed bag of results.

Vice President Peter McDonald says that a year ago, financial commentators were predicting a 30 percent fall in residential property values.

“But our figures show an overall decrease of just 4.28 percent from a year ago, and in fact, in five out of 12 regions, property sales values have actually increased.”

While sales values have remained relatively steady, there has been a drop in turnover with 4,469 sales recorded compared with 6,854 in October 2007. This is about the same number of properties as turned over in October 2000 when 4,887 properties were sold. Nelson/Marlborough saw a drop from $347,000 to $325,000.

What is interesting is that for the last 12 months Nelson has pretty much tracked along with the average NZ price as can be seen on the chart.

The report shows September 2008 median price was $320,000 for Nelson/Marlborough, while October 2008’s was up slightly at $325,000.