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Riverside Villa - In the City by the River!

Nelson City Centre

  • 9 Guests
  • 4 Bedrooms
  • 6 Beds
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Bikes OK
  • Free WiFi
  • 2 Parking
  • Aircon
  • Disabled Access
  • Pets OK
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About Riverside Villa

  • Location 
  • Quality of Holiday Home 
  • Linens & Housekeeping Included

Riverside Villa is a city-fringe getaway overlooking the banks of the beautiful Maitai River, just footsteps from Nelson City’s main shopping district, cafes, restaurants, Trafalgar Park & more!

This property is ideal for families & friends that would enjoy proximity to the city & its walking trails – very few properties can offer this level of convenience and this could be one of the only properties in the city that can combine this with a peaceful & private location.

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

4 Bedrooms (Sleeps up to 9)

1 (Master): Queen, 2) Queen, 3) Queen + Single, 4 (upstairs): Single + Single. 

2 Bathrooms 

1 (Master Ensuite): Tiled with Shower, Toilet & Hand-basin
2 (Main bathroom): Tiled with walk-in Shower, separate Bath, Toilet & Hand-basin


Riverside Villa is pre-cleaned 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 will be included in your booking.

Extra charges will apply where excess cleaningm oven cleaning or excessive rubbish disposal is required.


Professional Housekeeping & Linen Laundering

At Holiday Nelson we take a thorough approach toward cleanliness and hygiene practices for your and our families peace of mind... because nothing less will do. 

All high contact, food preparation and hard wet surfaces are hygienically cleaned and sanitised and our linens are professionally laundered at 80ºC, with bed linens further ironed at 120ºC by one of New Zealand's leading laundry experts, leaving them crisp, clean & superbly comfortable! 

Availability & Rates


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Minimum stay of 2 nights except for the Christmas~New Year peak period (6 nights ) & Easter (3 nights). Shorter stays may be accepted by request.

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Booking Conditions & Notes

No party or venue use. No Smoking inside. By special written permission pets may be allowed - please contact us with details of your pet. Special terms and a $50 pet fee will apply. Please see our General Terms & Conditions for full details.

Car parking - Off-street parking is provided for up to 3 vehicles. The garage is a storage area for the property owner and cannot be used for parking cars. You are however welcome to park bicycles etc inside.

Max. guest numbers - While sleeping capacity is for up to 9 guests, dining & other amenities are best suited for up to 7 guests. 

Check-in & Check-out

Check-in is possible anytime after 2pm or from noon where the option of early check-in has been purchased. 

Early check-in (12pm/noon and in some cases earlier) can usually be offered for an additional charge. Please request this at the time of booking or at least 24 hours prior to your arrival.

Check-out is to be completed by 10am on your day of departure unless ‘Late check-out’ has been purchased.

Late check-out (by 12pm/noon or as agreed in writing) can usually be offered for an additional charge. This request should be made at the time of booking or at least 24 hours prior to your departure.

  • Free WiFi
  • Aircon
  • Disabled Access
  • Pets OK
  • Walk to City Centre
  • BBQ (gas)
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Clothes line
  • Coffee plunger
  • Freeview TV
  • Free Local calling
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Garage
  • Garden area
  • Heat pump
  • Linens & towels
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Off-street parking
  • Pantry basics
  • Sanitary basics
  • Mobile phone coverage
  • Washing machine
  • All day sun
  • Housekeeping upon departure
  • Tea, coffee, sugar
  • 2+ Bathrooms
  • Bikes OK

14 Ajax Avenue, Nelson - Located between Collingwood and Trafalgar Streets on the city-side bank of the Maitai River. Walk to Everything! Inner-city convenience does not get better than this. Supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, shopping, movies, museum, galleries, parks, walking trails & riding trails are all virtually at your doorstep!


  • Local Wineries
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Nelson Provincial Museum
  • Nelson Saturday Market (Montgomery Square, Nelson CBD)
  • Nelson Sunday Flea Market (Montgomery Square, Nelson CBD)
  • Nelson Wednesday Farmers Market (23 Halifax St, Nelson CBD)
  • Tahunanui Beach & Attractions
  • Nelson Classic Car 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 Cafe
  • Golden Bay (day-trip)
  • Kaiteriteri Beach
  • Mapua Wharf
  • Close to town

    Andrew F. - Jun, 2024

  • Great location easy access into town on foot Its location was brilliant 1 block from town next to the river with no traffic noise

    Loren C. - Apr, 2024

  • Our family really enjoyed our stay at this lovely home. It had ample space, beautiful and sunny, the location was fantastic, pretty much all things were considered and thought of in this home for the stay. We would 100% stay here again.

    Ayla J. - Apr, 2024

  • Nelson City Centre on the River is a splendid bach accommodation. There's lots of room for a large family or two families on holiday together. The bach is very comfortable, with all the amenities one would want to have in a holiday home. And the location is fabulous. The river walk is just outside the front door, and the city centre is a short walk away. We highly recommend this accommodation.

    Richard G. - Apr, 2024

  • Location - perfect! Relaxing place for a group after a hike- also perfect. Right by the river and a really close walk to town. Great for us with no car.

    Kat E. - Mar, 2024

  • Wonderful stay. Great place to rest and have enjoyable walks into shopping district.

    Cinead K. - Mar, 2024

  • This was a great location for our weekend in Nelson. We were cycling the Taste Trail and it was the perfect location for our group. Beautiful spot alongside the river - and convenient walking distance to restaurants and cafes. River Kitchen cafe was a 5min walk down the street and right next door to our cycle hire place. Very clean and tidy accomodation, and easy to find. It was perfect.

    Becky C. - Feb, 2024

  • We were all very pleased with Riverside on the whole. It was clean and comfortable There were a few things that I thought were below par. The dining table was very wobbly and rickety. A good solid table would be a great improvement. In the room I occupied there was no little table or chair, or decent chest of draws. Or a proper place to put a suit case. I know there was a small room included but the top of the old chest of draws had a piece of glass sitting on top. This glass was an accident waiting to happen as it nearly slid off. It would be better taken away altogether. The room itself would not stand muster in a down market motel. However the bed it self was very comfortable and I had a good sleep

    Vicki V. - Jan, 2024

    Thanks for this great feedback Vicki :-) I'll attend to the dining table - must just be coming loose. Shouldn't be rickety! We'll remove the glass from that shelf! And look at something to place a suitcase on in here :-) Best regards and we would love to host you again. Here or at one of our other central city or waterfront facing properties :-() Best regards, Jarrod
    Holiday Nelson
  • Thank you for accommodating me and my family as we thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Nelson.

    Pamela - Oct, 2023

  • This was a great place for five of us who were visiting for a work conference. The rooms were easily arranged to suit our needs. The location can't be beat with supermarkets and a great little cafe (Little Dove - Amazing cheese scones!) a short walk either side. The place itself was in great condition and perfect for us to come home to in the evening to unwind in the common spaces.

    Craig J. - Jul, 2023

  • This is a spacious, well appointed house in a phenomenal spot. Lovely river views but so close to town centre. Highly recommend.

    Ann P. - Mar, 2023

  • Very nice place which is well appointed and perfect for a small group of people to share while having their own space. Great location by the river and town - the cafe near by was awesome and check in nice and easy. Thank you!

    Kylie T. - Dec, 2022

  • It was very good for our extended family of 7 to be able to spend time together in one place. We enjoyed the location because there was a river with a path the children could ride their bikes on.

    Edwin T. - Dec, 2022

  • Perfect place for us. Comfortable, clean, right by the centre of town and with a great view of the river.

    Terence T. - Nov, 2022

  • Great location next to the city center!

    William M. - Jul, 2022

  • Great location, plenty of space This was a lovely clean, tidy and spacious property. Well heated and very well equipped. Wanted for nothing expect a bit more water pressure in the showers and a heater (or underfloor heating) in the ensuite (which was also on the tiny side but fine for a short stay). Lots of space for everyone and the kitchen was really well equipped. Location wise, could not have asked for better! Would love to come back and explore more in summer time.

    Leonie B. - Jul, 2022

  • Great place Excellent location, hadceverything we needed

    Jess W. - Mar, 2022

  • Great spot handy to town and has heaps of room for a relaxing break

    Gerard K. - Nov, 2021

  • Great place for a family to stay. We had a picnic across the road by the river and only a short walk to town.

    Michelle S. - Oct, 2021

  • Great stay for mtb trip Very nice property with great location. Good communication from the property manager

    Daniel S. - Sep, 2021

  • Great location and very tidy house . Plenty of room for two families and an idyllic spot to stay just a short walk into the CBD . Also very short stroll to Trafalgar Park where w went to watch the Tasman Mako !

    Peter B. - Aug, 2021

  • Awesome house, great location Great house for 8 people.

    Natalie N. - Jul, 2021

  • Thank you for having us. We had a wet and wild adventure weekend. The house was perfect for all 5 of us, bike storage in the garage and warm hot showers after our adventures. Everything clean and well equipped. Thanks Jarrod for taking our call on Sunday afternoon. The cleaners could have easily started. All bikes were packed up and luggage outside, just 5-10mins away from our shuttle arriving. I dont think they appreciated that 5 bikes broken down into bike boxes and 5 bags just can't go into town for a coffee to wait for our flight. Wanted to let you know that we very much appreciated the ability to pay for an extra late checkout. It's an essential part of mtb and trail adventures that Nelson has to offer. Best, Catherine

    Catherine B. - Jun, 2021

  • 4 friends, we used this property for our annual girls weekend. Excellent location, within walking distance of shopping and cafes and restaurants. Plenty of room and well equipped.

    Tracey W. - Jun, 2021

  • Hi Team, Thanks again, another great weekend away. The property was excellent, no issues. Look forward to staying for MarchFest 2022

    Jaron B. - Mar, 2021

  • Great place clean and close to everything. Thank you very much for allowing us a late checkout

    Mohammed I. - Jan, 2021

  • Hello, Thank you for providing my family & I with fantastic accommodation on our visit to Nelson. The house was very clean & inviting. Superb location & comfortable. Your team were brilliant in communication around booking & super considerate when we needed to rebook due C-19. I’ll definitely be in touch should we need your help with accommodation in the future. Warm regards, Mary Jane

    M Spring - Nov, 2020

  • Thank you. We absolutely lived the house, prime location and a great size for two families. Will definitely be back. Very helpful team and easy to deal with. Thanks again it made our stay in Nelson a very memorable one. We will definitely be back.

    Heather Pease - Oct, 2020

  • It is such a great location the house was perfect.

    Chelsey Green - Oct, 2020

  • Hi all, Thanks for the opportunity to stay at your property. The venue was excellent for our needs. All in all a great place to spread out with the extended family. I found the amenities provided clean and tidy and they met most requirements.

    Denise Fowlie - Sep, 2020

  • Beautiful, idyllic location, so close to everything. The house is nicely appointed for a comfortable stay: fully equipped kitchen, lots of books, large living space to hang out in. The master bedroom is spacious and light-filled, in contrast the master bathroom is quite small. The bedroom on the upper level is small but serene with a lovely view of the river. There is another very quiet bedroom on the ground floor overlooking the driveway. The 4th bedroom doesn’t offer much more than a place to stretch out at night, it is quite cramped. While the outdoor space is more concrete and stone than flower beds, it does get a lot of sun all day, and hanging out on the front steps will give you some excellent people watching. The property is professionally managed, and the agency does a great job. Communication is easy, responses are fast. Overall, the Riverside property is highly recommended for larger groups and family gatherings. Hi - we just wanted to say thank you again for hosting us in the beautiful riverside house. Having such perfectly located accommodation made the lockdown almost a breeze. We hope that tourism will come back to New Zealand soon (without jeopardizing the success in keeping Covid-19 under control) and that your business will thrive once more. All the best, and hopefully we will be able to rent from you again when we continue our trip that was cut short. Andrea, with Marc, Alfred, Dora and Leon

    Andrea Sarasin - May, 2020

  • Great location! Nice property in a good location. Clean, convenient and great for three couples.

    Richard Back - Feb, 2020

  • Thankyou we were very happy with our visit both the before arrival booking and info, the quality of the accommodation and promptness with which any questions were answered. Thanks again, lisa

    Lisa Winn - Jan, 2020

  • Very happy with our holiday accommodation and bookabatch Everything was as Bookabach had on there site and couldn’t have suited our family better will happily use them again

    Robert S. - Jan, 2020

  • Great location in the heart of Nelson. Lovely and spacious home with all the comforts of home.

    Donna Harlow - Nov, 2019

  • Lovely clean home in a superb central setting close to both town and local walks and gardens.

    Debbie Bill - Oct, 2019

  • stay comfortably. The view from the second floor room and main room was good. It takes about 10 minutes to get to the sea along the river and 5 minutes to countdown

    HyoungKwon Kim - Oct, 2019

  • Fantastic location The hosts were most accommodating to our requests and responded quickly and efficiently. They were very kind to our needs and even went the extra mile to ensure we were comfortable throughout our stay. Will definitely stay here again!

    Eva Koh - Sep, 2019

  • Great location, very easy to walk into town and access everything in Central Nelson. Tonnes of space for lots of guests. A short taxi ride from the airport. Great place to stay.

    Lisa Kavanagh - Sep, 2019

  • Fanrtastic quite cenrtral location with a well stock set of amenities. Quality wine glasses. Excellent

    Mike Denford - Aug, 2019

  • Great place in centre of Nelson Great property. Close to everything, but still peaceful

    James M. - Aug, 2019

  • Hi Team, Thank you for the lovely house. Also appreciate your help while we were there. It was certainly a great place in a fantastic location. Kind regards James

    James Moore - Aug, 2019

  • A lovely spot by the river with gorgeous walking, also really handy to everything in town, can walk anywhere.

    Penny Reynders - Jul, 2019

  • Thank you we very much enjoyed our stay in Nelson, the house was lovely and large for all of us and warm and toasty on those cooler mornings. We had no complaints, apart from there were a number of bulbs out in the lounge, and for some reason we couldn't get any hot water in the sink in the main downstairs bathroom. But none of that detracted from the lovely stay we had. Thank you

    Lisa Fawcett - May, 2019

    Hi Lisa, So glad you enjoyed your stay. Apologies for these inconveniences. The lights in the lounge are all LED and are controlled from a switch that sits behind the curtain on the RHS of the sliding doors near the dining table. You are not the first guests that have not been able to find this, and you would not be the last!, so we are going to take this as our cue to have an electrician come in and move that switch to the right where it will be visible. This shall be done today :-) We'll also check and fix the hot water in the main bathroom sink - that's something we can't explain without investigation. Thanks again for staying and we wish you all the best of the remainder of your journey. Kind regards, Jarrod
    Holiday Nelson
  • Hi Team Our stay at Riverside Villa (14 Ajax Ave, Nelson) was magical. It’s position beside the river was peaceful and healing. It was quiet and close to all the facilities you require in central Nelson. The house was lovely to stay in - fully appointed with all we needed and warm with the gas water heating system. We absolutely loved our stay there and highly recommend it to others.

    Dave & Tina Richards - May, 2019

  • The house is in a wonderful location. So close to everything yet on a quiet street right by the river. It has everything you could need for a relaxing break. Very well set up with 4 bedrooms and plenty of space for a group. We will definitely be back.

    Kate Jenkins - Apr, 2019

  • Hi team. We had a fantastic week stay at Riverside Villa thanks. The layout of this home was perfect for all 9 members of our family who appreciated all being able to stay in same accommodation. The house is very well equipped and comfortable beds. Location of course is premier and our Aussie family highly rated the coffee next door ...a real bonus!!. As I mentioned in the card I left you which I hope you received, your prompt communication throughout was appreciated and good wishes to you all. Regards

    Maree Davidson - Apr, 2019

  • Beautiful house in the best location in Nelson. We are three women in our sixties who spent a wonderful week at the Riverside Villa in March, 2019. We did a tour of the wineries in Marlborough Sound, we spent a day at Abel Tasman National Park, we rented bikes, we walked, we visited parks, gardens, the markets, the provincial museum, and we ate many wonderful meals at the excellent local restaurants. The location of the house couldn’t be better. It’s in the middle of everything; a couple of minutes walk to coffee shops, restaurants, the visitors’ center, bike rentals, the movie theater. The house is comfortable, well-equipped, safe and quiet, even though it’s centrally located. When we had a small problem with the front door key, the staff were there within minutes to solve the problem. I highly recommend this property.

    Patricia Rothman - Mar, 2019

  • Thank you for letting the Riverside Villa to us My family from Perth stayed in the House which is conveniently located to us The Villa is presented in top shape and I would like to rent it on future visits All the best for 2019 Happy New Year to you Cheers Murray G Sturgeon

    Murray Sturgeon - Jan, 2019

  • Great location, excellent privacy, lovely atmosphere, great communication. Will definitely come back :)

    Chelsea Price - Dec, 2018

  • Hi Robert, Sara and Jarrod. We had a great stay in the villa! Perfect location and really well set up house. Only disappointment was the mattress in the double bedroom opposite the bathroom. It needs upgrading! Super service thank you! We’ll certainly recommend you to others. Wishing you all a very merry Christmas! Rebecca Sorrell

    Rebecca Sorrell - Dec, 2018

  • Jarrod and Peta-Jane were incredibly efficient and the information and instructions given were spot on Superb location in the heart of Nelson. The house had everything you need for a stay away

    Rebecca Sorrell - Dec, 2018

  • We enjoyed our stay at Riverside, the setting is very central with lovely walks along the river. Nearby cafes are very nice. Riverside was very comfortable with everything we needed.

    Ken and Carol Shelley - Nov, 2018

  • Lovely place and great position.

    H Morrison - Oct, 2018

  • Hi, We had a great time in Nelson and we were all very impressed with the accomodation. The only thing we thought would be great was some more outdoor furniture as there was 8 of us but only 2 chairs Thanks

    S Foster - Sep, 2018

    Hi Stacey, Glad you enjoyed your stay. Extra outdoor chairs are in the back courtyard and garage - we don't normally bring them out until the weather warms up properly. We will be looking at the courtyard space and working with our homeowner to upgrade this and the furniture there too :-) Thanks again for staying and we'll hope to host you again some day soon :-)
    Holiday Nelson
  • Thanks Robert Jarrod and Sara, We really enjoyed our stay. I hope we left it tidy enough. :) It was a wonderful weekend and the house was perfect. Enough room for us all and very comfortable. The location is outstanding. Funny enough my partner and I when we first moved to NZ in 2009, lived briefly at 7 Ajax, the little apartment out back. It was like coming home. All the best, Cheers, Jason

    J Bathgate - Sep, 2018

  • This is a wonderful house and location - great in every way. Highly recommended. So quiet to sleep in, despite the central location, so really the best of both worlds. Thankyou.

    J Severn - Sep, 2018

  • ReviDear Holiday Nelson, Our stay at 14 Ajax Av on Sept 24th and 25th was excellent,and enjoyed by all. The location and position was perfect, so much so my friends all want to repeat the experience. It was clean and well appointed, 2 suggestions would be to increase the number of dessert size plates and dessert spoons. Easily done and would be appreciated by all. Sorry about the mirror { I phoned you about}.

    Barb Harwood - Sep, 2018

    Thanks Barb and John, So glad that you enjoyed your time at Riverside Villa and thank you for the suggestion - we'll have extra dessert size plates and spoons added! Not to worry about the mirror and sorry that happened during your stay. We very much appreciated you letting us know about this and for cleaning up the glass. It would be a pleasure to host you all again :-)
    Holiday Nelson
  • Hi, Holiday Nelson as our accommodation provider provided excellent service thank you. The location of Riverside Villa along the Maitai River was perfectly suited for our stay. Regards, Bill and Caroline

    C & B Burke - Jul, 2018

  • A perfect place for my family to base out of for exploring Abel Tasman and Marlborough. Centrally located within walking distance of Nelson’s best restaurants yet also on a quiet street by the river. I would definitely stay here again.

    Grant Van Horn - Jan, 2018

  • Quick and professional responses everytime. Perfect location walking distance to everything. Would rethink hiring a car if we stayed here again :-)

    Glen Debreceny - Dec, 2017

  • Thanks, Riverside Villa was beautiful, comfortable and ideally located for us. We had a great time!

    Kara Dawson - Jun, 2017

  • Perfect place to stay for an extended period with co-workers. Good size, stylish and comfortable. Walking distance to all that you require.

    Callum McDonald - Jun, 2017

  • Lovely location on the river - easy to get to and fro all the things we wanted to do. you can easily get by without a car.

    Jenny Carr - Mar, 2017

  • Thanks again for the property, we had another great time in Nelson and at MarchFest, and thanks for the later checkout. Will be in touch to book again for next year

    J Burbidge - Mar, 2017

  • We stayed here for a conference in September 2015. Great place, perfect for 4-5 people and close to all of the restaurants and bars. Would recommend to all.

    L McNeill - Sep, 2016

  • Hi there We totally loved our stay at Riverside. Much nicer place than the photos show. The outside design was deceiving. Inside was suitable for a summer or winter stay. Perfect layout for our 'girls' weekend away. Walking distance to shopping, market and pubs. Really surprised about the central location - local coffee shop two doors away and a super yummy cafe 90 seconds walk in the other direction. Beautiful scenery right outside the door, can't wait to bring the kids back. It was also great that the road was a cul-der-sac and the only 'traffic' was people walking by. Will totally recommend to others. Thanks for making our stay really easy.

    J Steel - Mar, 2016

  • Yes thank you we had a great stay, just what we needed. The only remark would be the hot water boiler was switched off so we spent a fair time trying to figure out why and track down the boiler, it was turned off behind the cover. Oh and the cleaners turned up at 10:30am and didnt know we had agreed with Fern to a 12pm departure ... but other than that was great ... will try and lock it in for next years trip down 😊 Cheers

    J Burbidge - Mar, 2016

  • Yes we had a lovely stay in Nelson and very much enjoyed Riverside Villa. I hope the front door lock was not too much of a problem. The house was extremely comfortable and well set up: our only queries were how one could get a proper flow of hot water into the basin in the main bathroom, and how to make the curtain in the back bedroom stay on its rail. Otherwise, perfect! Cheers, Vicky

    V Ellis - Feb, 2016

  • We really had a good time in Nelson staying in the Riverside villa. It's just the perfect location. Thanks. We would live to stay there again.

    E Igot - Jan, 2016

  • Thank you for hiring us use of the beautiful house, it was very well furnished and supplied. We appreciated the full consignment of cleaning products and tea/coffee.

    C Stocker - Nov, 2015

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