How well-equipped is this city for those raising infants/toddlers? Specifically, are there public places to change diapers, maintained playgrounds, etc?
All major shopping malls are equipped with parent and baby rooms with adequate facilities for feeding and changing. Most large restaurants have highchairs for babies to use while parents are dining.
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Where can I get a list of reliable childcare providers/nannies?
The local Plunket group (a free advisory group for young mothers, with qualified Plunket nurses), Citizens Advice Bureau or the local telephone book
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Discuss any safety issues for children in this city.
Nelson is close to many beaches, safe for swimming and surfing. Parents need to be aware of the dangers of swimming outside patrolled areas at surf beaches. If in doubt and a beach is not patrolled, ask at the local store as to the safety of any beach.
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What are the most popular kid-friendly attractions in the area?
Some of the most popular kid-friendly attractions in Nelson are:

  • Able Tasman National Park - New Zealand's smallest national park and great way to spend the day tramping, kayaking or having a lazy day at the beach. For more information, go to the web site listed below.
  • Queens Gardens - A beautiful scenic park with lots of unusual trees and a great place to feed the ducks.
  • Natureland Zoological Park - At Tahunanui Beach, Natureland is a zoological park where you can get close to many of the animals. Some animals are wallabies, monkeys, meerkats, llamas and alpacas, Kune Kune pigs, otters and peacocks. There are also turtles, tropical fish and a walk-through aviary. For more information, call 548-6166 or go to the web site listed below.
  • Nelson Funpark Hydroslide - Close to the beach and park lands, with a safe environment and many attractions, entertainment and other activities for the whole family. For more information, please call 548- 6267.
  • State Cinema - A very nice and comfortable theatre with many movies to choose from. To get movie times, call 548-3885 or go to the web site listed below.
  • Enjoying a day at the beach or the rivers is fun for the whole family. A great way to spend time together outdoors.

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What are the most popular activities for kids after school or on weekends?
Sports play a huge part in the lives of most New Zealanders and most children are involved in some sporting activity, either with their school or individual clubs. Games and practices often take place after school hours. Rugby is the most popular sport in New Zealand followed by netball, soccer and cricket.

During the summer, going to the beach with a friends and family is the most popular pastime.

Brownies, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts and Boys' Brigade are also fun clubs for children. Kids also enjoy going to the movies, game arcades and shopping with friends. And, they like to just hang out with their friends at each other's homes.

There is a wide range of cultural opportunities, such as music and dance lessons available for children and teenagers.
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What's it like to be a teenager in this city? Are there any particular challenges I should be aware of as a parent?
Being a teenager in Nelson is similar to other places. They love to spend time with their friends and do fun things. Adjusting to any new place takes time, but once they get settled in and meet new friends, they are going to love it here!

Teenagers with access to vehicles have the freedom of the city to enjoy the outdoor lifestyle. Sports play a big part in young people's lives and most are on a team. There are several skateboarding parks and many school-related activities and clubs to keep them busy.

Please note: the legal drinking age is 18 years old. Teenagers are able obtain a learners driver's permit at 15 years of age, which they need to have for 6 months before they can obtain a restricted license. After 18 months as a restricted driver, they will be granted a full driver's license.
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Are there any organizations/social groups in the area that cater exclusively to young people ages 12-17?
There are many clubs for teenagers to join, including a variety of sporting clubs, Girl Guides, Boy Scouts, Church groups, and theatrical and dance organizations, to name a few. Complete lists are available from the local Citizens Advice bureau, your school or your local telephone book. For further assistance, contact Crown Nelson.
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I want my child to get the most out of our stay in this country. Are there any specific opportunities to teach young people about the local culture?
The local culture is taught in the school system; children will also find that their public library is a good resource. The Nelson Visitor and Information Center is a great place to obtain a list of things to do and to find current events in Nelson and surrounding areas.
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