Monaco is Nelson’s special little seaside village. It juts out from the main coastline on its own peninsula.
There is only one road in and out, and that’s the road in the photo above. in this photo you can see the foothills behind Stoke centre left of shot. Just across the water middle right is the Honest Lawyer and middle/middle left those terracotta roofs are from the recently opened Grand Mecure Monaco Resort. (Higher Res version of photo here.)
Pretty much any home here has either sea or estuarine views. In the early days of Nelson this was where town folk had their holiday bach’s. Long treasured as a desirable place, consequently home prices are usually above the average for Nelson.
Reflecting its laid back atmosphere you can often bump into local residents out on their morning walks around here, or dropping a rowboat or kayak into the sea for a relaxing journey.
Really there’s no shopping to speak of in the general sense locally. On the peninsula there are currently a few galleries / arts / craft sites.
If its more general shopping like the neigbourhood dairy, butcher, fast food or supermarket, then you would need to drive 2-3 minutes in an easterly direction to Stoke for your main shopping needs.
There is currently no scheduled public transport for Monaco. After a 5-10 minute walk you’d reach Nayland Rd or further to the Stoke shops and regular scheduled buses depart from here.
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Options for eating out are at the two main establishments here, firstly the oldest in the suburb would be the Honest Lawyer, a great seaside pub that serves up local faire too.
Another choice would be The Orangerie (pictured above) at the newly opened Grand Mecure Monaco Resort.
A short 10 minute drive to either Nelson, Tahunanui or Richmond would further offer you dozens of choices.