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Nelson Suburbs – Stoke – About

As you may have noted from the banner on the top right of my header page, Stoke was this year recognized as the suburb that survived this recently downturn in the strongest shape. And if you missed it, well you’ve probably seen me remind you numerous times in my posts anyway.

Let me tell you a bit more about where I grew up and where I live.


Stoke is located half way between Nelson & Richmond. It’s about 7-8 km travel to either from central Stoke.

Overall the area, for want of a better description, could be included in a rectangular box about 4 kms long by 2kms wide at its widest. Additional to this is the small peninsula jutting out on its western flank containing the suburb of Monaco.

We do have a main road through Stoke, and surprisingly enough that’s what its called, Main Rd, Stoke.

Hi Res version of above photo here.


Main Road literally bi-sects the area, traveling through in a north east -> south west direction.

Stoke itself is made up of the following smaller suburbs.

Stoke Central

The heart of the community, with nearby Greenmeadows and Isel Parks.

….is also where the main shopping centre is.

We have two large modern supermarkets, Countdown on the corner of Main Rd & Putaitai St, which opened in 2008.

And a New World Supermarket in Strawbridge Square.

Both trade 7 days, and in these days of daily shopping both are open early to late. (as at Oct 09 currently 7am – 10pm one or the other is open)

The main central car parking area is in Strawbridge Square, with entrances off Songer St, Putaitai St and Neale Ave. There are approx. 140-150 free car parks there….although they do have a 3 hour parking limit.

There’s also at least 3 local hairdressers, Post Office, cycle shop, video store, Night & Day 7 day dairy, numerous takeaway shops, the local hotel, The Turf, Squires is also another cafe, the local bakery, florist, Stoke fruit & veg shop, Chemist, eyewear/optometrist, dentist, Westpac Branch, medical centre, liquor store, computer shop, accountant, lawyer, solicitor……you get the picture I’m sure. More general info here.


Surrounded by the sea, Monaco juts out on its own peninsula.


There is just the single access road to get there, and that’s at the western most end of Songer St. There is a general mix of all ages here but not as many younger residents as Nayland for example. The area is very popular with Stoke residents for their daily walk or cycle ride.

Homes in this almost “holiday village” atmosphere come at a premium to homes in the rest of Stoke.

King tides have been known to cross the road on the western side making driving difficult until the tide has retracted. Believe it or not, on the eastern side the estuary forms part of the main ring road. meaning that either side of high tide this part of the road is inaccessible.

Many residents here have a passion for water sports or water based activities.

In most cases that means that to launch your kayak all you need do is walk across the road and drop the boat in.

Also known as the location of a famous watering hole called the “Honest Lawyer.” And in recent times the award winning Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco Apartments / resort village has opened.

Bit more info on Monaco here.


This is generally accepted as the “family” part of Stoke. Aided by the Public Swimming Complex, its also home to at least 3 x Pre-Schools, 2 x Primary Schools ~ Birchwood and Nayland, 1 x co-ed Intermediate ~ Broadgreen and 1 x co-ed college ~ obviously that’s Nayland College.


Nayland Rd is the main thoroughfare through here and has 1 x pre-school, Nayland Primary, Broadgreen Intermediate and Nayland College all situated on its flanks. Nayland Rd pretty much divides the area in a general north / south direction.

Also on Nayland Rd, very close to the main Nayland Schools is a 7 day dairy, a local fish & chip shop and a hairdresser. The famous Broadgreen House, its park-like grounds and Rose Gardens are about 200m further along Nayland Rd in a southerly direction.

Nayland is also home to a very popular local style – in the 70’s dozens and dozens if not in the hundreds of split level 3-4 bedroom homes were built. In fact, in part these homes are actually a very good litmus test of current dwelling values in Stoke, and are used as such.

Closer to central Stoke but bordering on Naylands south eastern boundary is another favoured area of Stoke fondly known locally as “Poets Corner.”

The name is derived from the make up of the local street names, all reflecting past English Poets with street names like Kipling, Shelley, Marlowe, Keats, Browning, Dickens, Tennyson, etc.

Overall we have found this area the best at representing the prices of homes in Stoke. Pretty fair to say that a standard 3 bedroom stucco/weatherboard home on 600m2 was $35k in the mid 70’s, rising to $70k by the mid 80’s, then onto $140k during the quieter times of the mid 90’s, but then catching up again in the mid noughties to $280k……..and tracking about $320-340K today.

Some government Quickstats about Nayland here.

Quite a large chunk of Nayland and all of Monaco are also shown in government data under the catchment name Langbein, so you may also want to view the Langbein Quickstats here and boundary map (as above) here.

Little bit more info on Nayland here.


Maitlands is the area to Stokes north east, east of the Main Road.

Popular because of its short distance to the shops and easy access to public transport, many of the homes here are elevated with views and outlooks. Its where I live currently and where I grew up in my Nayland College years. Isel Park along with Isel House and the Isel Museum borders on its southern flank.

Living in Maitlands probably offers some of the best options for accessing other parts of Nelson and Richmond swiftly, with good inter-connecting roads. Although bear in mind here I’m talking about differences of “minutes” to your traveling time. Some QuickStats about Maitland here.

More on Maitlands here


This is the general name for the area contained within the Ngawhatu Valley, Ngawhatu Recreation Grounds and its access roads off Suffolk Rd. This area has been redeveloped in recent years and now features predominately newer homes built over the last decade or so.

Sections, including lifestyle blocks like those in the latest KingFisher release, are powering even more new home builders here, and thats mainly for the larger over 1/4 acre blocks plus elevated views towards the sea.

Quick Stats about Ngawhatu here.

More here….


Although not a defined suburb exactly by “the map” Saxton is generally taken to meant being close to the new multimillion dollar Saxton Fields sporting grounds and stadium development.

Some late 80’s builds are here, then many more in the 90’s and even more in the 2000’s, right through to a large crop in the mid 2000’s in areas like Covent Drive, Best Place, Cambelldon Cres, Thames Way, Kebal Place.

Quick stats about Saxton here.

Also bordering on Stoke’s northern outskirts are Enner Glynn, Wakatu, and Annesbrook.

Quickstats here too on Enner Glynn,


From the family perspective we are fortunate to have a large selection of schools, and its fair to say that the “family unit” is one of the most popular new to town buyer groups that I see in Stoke.

On account of its central location, the suburb is popular with families who want to be in a midway location.

Over this mid millennium busy time I saw many families locate here, especially to get the kids organised and in to regular school while the parents worked on their dilemma.

The dilemma was just about always the same, do they buy that expanse – lifestyle block that they promised themselves before they left their home country (and the one to which they promised their daughter would be able to have a pony in) or do they settle in suburbia.

Oftentimes families opted for the country lifestyle, however that was tempered and made easier if they had high school aged children.

If the family unit was predominantly comprised of youngsters then the daily “school run” trips in the am and pm started to wear folks out after about 12-24months and surprisingly I saw many return to suburbia.

When originally asked about a 30-40 round trip morning and afternoon, the answer was always like this “Oh….thats nothing where I came from it took 45 minutes just to get to work / school.”

Perhaps though in the end it wasn’t just this driving time that got to them, it was the constant bumping into of local folk, the new local friends made, etc who kept telling them, but it takes me 3 1/2 minutes to get the kids to school…..and that’s in traffic! that finally got to them.

That said their dream buy was usually 1/4 acre or just above located just on the outskirts of town.

One of the main reasons for Stokes popularity is the ease of access and great collection of all age learning institutions located here.

Sports Facilities – we are genuinely spoilt here; Rugby, Tennis, Cricket, Netball, Basketball, Softball, Hockey, all manner of activities at Saxtons Fields, tennis clubs, bowling clubs, the list just goes on and on…..

Use these links to gain a better perspective on the makeup of our local region;

Statistics NZ Snapshot by Region – Nelson

Statistics by Region – Nelson

2006 Census Boundary Map – Nelson


I will cover this in a separate post coming up soon.


NZ’s Second Oldest Public School is in Stoke, Stoke Primary.

There is a co-ed college, Nayland College, a co-ed intermediate, Broadgreen Intermediate, 4 x Primaries, Nayland Primary, Stoke Primary, Birchwood Primary and skirting the north eastern suburb boundaries Enner Glynn Primary.

Pre-Schoolers are catered for just as adequately with Birchwood Free Kindergarten, Enner Glynn Playcentre, Nayland Free Kindergarten, Stoke Free Kindergarten just to name a few.

There a bit more further info on STOKE – HERE

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