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The Pilot House

Nelson Waterfront

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About The Pilot house

  • Location 
  • Quality of the home  
  • Linens & Housekeeping Included

This is the original 1862 Pilot's house, now fully renovated to an impeccable standard with contemporary furnishings & all new facilities! 

Located in the prime waterfront position, directly in front of the 'Cut' - Nelson's beautiful harbour entrance & right next-door to top Nelson restaurant, The Harbour Light.

Beautiful by day or by night - you can just see yourself relaxing & enjoying the breathtaking vistas!

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Both Bedrooms are located upstairs and offer Queen Beds. 

The downstairs bathroom offers Shower, Toilet & Vanity. The upstairs bathroom offers Bath, Toilet & Vanity. 


Availability & Rates


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Minimum stay of 2 nights except 23 Dec ~ 10 Jan (7 nights) & Easter (3 nights). Shorter stays may be accepted by request.


The Pilot's House will be presented with beds made, ready for your stay.

All utilities, linens & towels, use of all listed property amenities, pantry & sanitary basics, departure linen service & standard housekeeping up to 3 hours.

Extra charges will apply where additional cleaning, oven cleaning or excessive rubbish disposal is required.

Booking Conditions

No party or venue use. No smoking inside. No pets. General Terms & Conditions apply. 

Single off-street parking & additional on-street parking available. 

The waterfront road is busy & all properties within this area are subject to some road & port noise. The property is largely double glazed, well insulated & noise isn’t a problem for most guests, but we have factored this into the pricing of this great property to ensure great value! 

  • 2+ Bathrooms
  • Air Conditioning
  • All day sun
  • Bath
  • Book collection
  • Coffee plunger
  • Coffee stove-top
  • Dishwasher
  • Dryer
  • DVD player
  • Fenced (partially)
  • Free WiFi
  • Freeview TV
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Gas heating
  • Guitar
  • Hair dryer
  • Heat pump
  • High Chair for Hire
  • Housekeeping upon departure
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Lightbox TV
  • Linens & towels
  • Microwave
  • Mobile phone coverage
  • Movie Collection
  • Music Player/Stereo
  • Off-street parking
  • On-street Parking
  • Pantry basics
  • Portacot for Hire
  • Sanitary basics
  • Sea Views
  • Smart TV/Internet TV
  • Tea, coffee, sugar
  • Telescope
  • Ultra Fast Fibre Broadband
  • Walk to Beach
  • Walk to City Centre
  • Walk to Restaurants
  • Washing machine
  • Water pressure - mains
  • Waterfront

This home is located on Wakefield Quay, Stepneyville on the Nelson Waterfront. This location offers World class views, fantastic dining & proximity to the beach & city centre.


  • Local Wineries
  • Motueka Sunday Market (Decks Reserve)
  • Great Taste Cycle Trail
  • Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Nelson Saturday Market (Montgomery Square)
  • Nelson Wednesday Farmers Market (Morrison Square)
  • Tahunanui Beach & Attractions
  • WoW Museum
  • Mount Arthur / Flora Saddle
  • Maitai Caves Walk
  • McCashins Brewery & Cafe
  • Kahurangi National Park
  • Nelson Lakes National Park
  • Boulder Bank
  • Cable Bay
  • Centre of New Zealand & Botanics
  • Codgers Mountain Bike Park
  • Founders Park
  • Founders Brewery Cafe
  • Golden Bay (day-trip)
  • Kaiteriteri Beach
  • Mapua Wharf
  • Hi The location of the Pilot house was great. The house was well resourced. Would happily recommend to others. The restaurant next door was divine. Regards

    Jo Alderton - Mar, 2017

  • Thoroughly enjoyed our stay thank you. Perfect location – only down side a bit of road noise but that can’t be helped. Very clean and comfortable and will definitely stay again for longer time next time. Thank you.

    J Hibbert - Mar, 2017

  • Great location close to restaurants and shops, very tastefully decorated.

    Justine Torrice - Feb, 2017

  • it was a gorgeous place, well set up and really comfortable. much nicer than a hotel! i often come to nelson for work and will definitely keep this in mind. cheers

    S Wheeler - Feb, 2017

  • Lovely place to stay, enjoyed the ever changing view of vessels ranging through flotillas of preteens in hobby cats, luxury yachts and ocean going boats to enormous container ships with tug escorts. Well set up for 1 or 2 couples with good food in easy reach. Decor very much in keeping with location. Downside? Very noisy and busy road out front. But the view!!!

    Holly and Theo McCausland - Feb, 2017

  • Thanks We loved our stay at the Pilot House. It's a beautiful place, well appointed and has an amazing outlook. The only downside is that it is on a busy road which can be noisy from the front bedroom, with trucks passing by through the night. Thanks

    S Renkema - Jan, 2017

    Once again, thank you for staying. Very glad you enjoyed your time at the Pilot House. It is a shame that trucks are allowed on our beautiful waterfront road! There is some hope that a new road will be built on the other-side of the hill and that this will remove some of the busyness and all of the trucks, allowing the waterfront to be redeveloped into the fantastic recreational asset that it should be. Fingers crossed it happens sooner rather than later :-)
    Holiday Nelson
  • It was great thanks. I think it is the nicest of yours that I have stayed in!

    J Matthews - Dec, 2016

  • Dear Jarrod and Peta-Jane, Our stay was lovely. Really only used the house to relax at night. Everything was covered. Thank you.

    D Morrison - Nov, 2016

  • Hi Jarrod, We had a lovely stay. It was fantastic to stay in such a new property but we did come across a few things that could improve the house. Some small bedside tables with lamps would be handy and as it was a wet weekend a coat hook/hooks in the laundry to hang coats would have been useful. Also we did find the bin situation confusing so thank you for sorting that out for us! Thanks for accommodating us and I hope you find those few suggestions useful. Holiday Nelson Response: Thank you for this great feedback &

    P Coombe - Sep, 2016

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