Geography is the number one thing that has shaped Nelson, and frankly, made it what it is today.
Without that it simply would not be the sum total of what it is in 2010.
The beauty of living in Nelson today is that even if you don't have a millionaires budget you can still live like one. Huh - well I mean you can still occupy a site on the Port Hills that affords million dollar ocean views.
Anywhere else in the world, million dollars is exactly what you'd need to occupy this same spot of terra-firma.
And the views you get are there for day and night!