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Captain's Cottage

Nelson Waterfront

  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 4 Beds
  • 1.5 Bathrooms
  • Free WiFi
  • Aircon
  • Disabled Access
  • BBQ (gas)

About Captain's Cottage

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

One of our most popular waterfront properties - Captain’s Cottage is a beautifully restored, charming & historic character cottage situated on what must be one of the most beautiful city waterfronts in the World! 

The cottage is perfectly presented, offers comfortable beds & of course, unforgettable views over the harbour entrance & Tasman Bay! 

It's the perfect place to watch the boats go by & it's just a short walk to many of Nelson's best waterfront or beachside eateries or the city's main swimming beach. The city centre is less than a 5min. drive away. 

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

3 Bedrooms (Sleeps up to 6)

Downstairs Master Bedroom with Queen Bed, Sea Views & Ensuite Toilet with Basin.

Bedrooms 2 & 3 are accessed via steep nautical style stairway offering Queen bed & Single + Single beds, both with bi-folding windows facing the sea.

1 Bathroom

The main bathroom is downstairs & offers gorgeous tile & frameless glass shower, Toilet & Vanity. As mentioned above there is a separate ensuite toilet for the master bedroom.


Captain's Cottage 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 will be included in your booking.

Extra charges will apply where additional cleaning, BBQ or 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 23 Dec ~ 6 Jan (6 nights) & Easter (3 nights). Shorter stays may be accepted by request.

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This is where you'll find the best pricing & terms for booking this property and this is where we, your hosts, can ensure the smoothest booking process, communication & support for your stay. 

Covid-19 Travel Restrictions - Credit Offer

Where government restrictions prevent travel to the booked property for your intended stay dates, we will provide a full and flexible credit towards rebooking. See our T&C's for full details.

Refundable Bookings - Refund Protect Cover

Upgrade to a Refundable Booking and receive a 100% refund of monies paid if you cannot attend your booking for a broad range of reasons - See the Refund Protect T&C's for full details or to lodge your claim.

Booking Conditions & Notes

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

Car parking - A displayable parking permit will be provided for the the permit-only car park immediately in front of the property. The surrounding parking does not require a permit and is also free of charge.

Noise in the area - All properties within this area are subject to some road & port noise. The property is set-back from the main road & noise isn’t a problem for most guests, but we have factored-in the potential for noise to ensure great value!

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
  • On-street Parking
  • Aircon
  • Disabled Access
  • Walk to Restaurants
  • Walk to Beach
  • Sea Views
  • BBQ (gas)
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Microwave
  • DVD player
  • Dryer
  • Electric Blankets
  • Coffee espresso machine
  • Board games
  • Clothes line
  • Coffee plunger
  • Fenced (partially)
  • Freeview TV
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Garden area
  • Heated towel rails
  • Heat pump
  • Electric heating
  • High Chair for Hire
  • Linens & towels
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Pantry basics
  • Portacot for Hire
  • Sanitary basics
  • Mobile phone coverage
  • Washing machine
  • iPod connector
  • TV
  • Music Player/Stereo
  • All day sun
  • Housekeeping upon departure
  • Tea, coffee, sugar
  • Waterfront
  • Double-glazed Windows

Located right on the waterfront in the exclusive Nelson seaside suburb of ‘Stepneyville’. A fantastic walk to dine, walk to beach & convenient to city location! Bring a fishing rod and cast off from right across the road!


  • Local Wineries
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Nelson Provincial Museum
  • Nelson Saturday Market (Kirby Lane)
  • Nelson Sunday Flea Market (Montgomery Square)
  • Nelson Wednesday Farmers Market (Morrison Square)
  • 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
  • Great position with beautiful view. Beds comfy. Close to my favourite restaurant the Boatshed Cafe! Great to have use of parking permit for on street park.

    Julia M. - Jan, 2022

  • Many thanks -- found Captains Cabin great .will recommend it to others. Kind regards Quentin

    Quentin M. - Feb, 2021

  • Great as always. Thank you guys, especially the SA guy who I called a couple of times for help

    Julien E - Jan, 2021

  • What a fantastic location across from the harbour entrance. Wakefield Quay is a very busy road, but what great location for walks to nearby waterside cafes and watching the ships come in to the wharf. Cottage is gorgeous, clean and cosy. Thanks for the wonderful stay.

    Wendy J - Jan, 2021

  • Good morning So sorry for the delay in responding. We all really enjoyed our stay, I was really impressed with the communication before our arrival, especially in our new Covid-19 world it was reassuring how seriously you were taking the new restrictions. My thanks, especially to Mara. I was very impressed with the cleanliness of the property, this has never been more important so please pass on my appreciation to the cleaning team. Thanks again for a great holiday, I have already recommend the house and your company to friends. Have a great day Phil

    Philipa Stevenson - Jun, 2020


    Efrain Vega de Varona - May, 2020

  • We had a very nice time at the cottage. The weather was great and we loved the location, not so far from downtown (car is probably required) and close to the beach for sunbathing or paddle boarding and close to several very good restaurants. The accommodation was very comfortable and the kitchen had everything we needed, bathroom was great and the expresso machine was a very nice added bonus. Parking was easy and we only had to use the residents parking pass once. The only other negative comment is, as previous guests have noted, that the road noise can be bad, so earplugs are recommended.

    Keith Bragg - Feb, 2020

  • Good Morning Holiday Nelson team, We had a great time in Nelson, while staying at Captain’s Cottage, we loved everything about it – the location, the views from the front rooms and its character. We had everything we needed for a perfect home stay and the service provided by the team was always prompt and professional – thank you! I will definitely recommend Captain’s Cottage to all my friends. Kind Regards, Sorina Dan

    Sorina Dan - Jan, 2020

  • Loved the property. Well equipped for a great stay. Convenient to everything. Not a fan of the stairs to the second floor, might suggest replacing the carpet with something that made them less slick. Would definitely stay again.

    James Mckeon - Jan, 2020

  • Review

    Mike and Karen Hodge - May, 2018

    Thanks for helping make our Nelson stay enjoyable. Captains Cottage had lots of old world charm and good modern amenities, and great outlook.
    Holiday Nelson
  • Captain's Cottage was delightful, well appointed and in a beautiful location. We enjoyed our stay very much.

    Bridie Balderstone - Feb, 2018

  • The Captain’s Cottage is a wonderfully restored historic cottage. It is in a great location, with great views and an easy walk along the waterfront to cafes and restaurants. The cottage itself is very spacious and well equipped. We would definitely want to stay there again and will recommend it to our friends.

    Davis Kersey - Feb, 2018

  • Wonderful setting looking out on Nelson Cut and Tasman Bay. Great living quarters and main bedroom on the ground floor.

    Liz Hirst - Feb, 2018

  • Beautiful property, stunning view from the balcony. We really enjoyed our stay here. Jarrod and Peta-Jane were easy to deal with and the property was well presented when we arrived, the instruction were easy to follow

    Sarah Jolly - Feb, 2018

  • Hi, We were very enjoy the time in Nelson, the cottage was nice comfortable. The view from the house was beautiful and unforgettable. The noise from the road made us worry on the first day and then we got used to it. We felt it was too short stay and will be back sometime in the future. Kind regards

    Huika Li - Jan, 2018

  • Lovely unique cottage. Nice to stay somewhere with heritage.

    Kelly Rowell - Jan, 2018

  • Clear correspondence with host. Lovely accommodation, great location, enjoyable time in Nelson. Recommended.

    Laures Park - Dec, 2017

  • Great house in a perfect location!

    Bryn Murphy - Oct, 2017

  • Thanks, We had a lovely time. It is a cute little cottage and nice and warm. We couldn't find the wine glasses until the last morning! Felt a bit silly about that! Wine tastes good in any vessel... Thanks again

    Jo Rodwell - Jun, 2017

  • Hi Jarrod, Sara & Peta-Jane, We absolutely loved our stay!! Thank you so much for being so accomodating to us, everything was lovely. Our kids loved the cottage and we spent every afternoon at the beach. We will definitely be coming back! Warmest regards, Rick & Hadassah

    Rick & Hadassah Kennett - Apr, 2017

  • “Awesome place right on the Nelson Harbour, close to the DELICIOUS Boatshed restaurant! There are some steep stair to get to second floor, but the rooms are spacious and comfy. Bring earplugs if you're coming during the week as the traffic starts early but the views are unbeatable”

    Sally Tanner - Mar, 2017

  • The number of photos we took from the front porch and the upstairs windows is testimony of the sights and views from this beautiful cottage; sunsets, activity out on the water, ships coming and going, and stunning vistas. The cottage is charming and spacious. The back deck is intimate and comfortable for morning coffee or evening dining. The road is close to the cottage and the vehicle noise is fairly constant. I only say this so that you are prepared. Every moment of our 5 nights were magical. Communications were prompt, informative, and friendly. We found everything just as their communications conveyed.

    Tracy and Grant Baynes - Feb, 2017

  • The cottage was wonderful and I be recommending it to anyone who is coming to New Zealand and going to Nelson or using Nelson as a base as we did. It had everything we needed and was so quirky. Thanks again.

    T Gaunt - Jan, 2017

  • Hello Peta-Jane and Sara We loved staying in the cottage. It had lots of character and very most welcoming and the views we're outstanding. However the road is the only thing that lets it down. Apart from that we very much enjoyed our stay. Thank you. Regards Jo

    J Tinsley - Jan, 2017

    Hi Jo, Thanks so much for your feedback and it's great to hear that you enjoyed your stay! We'd all love to see the volume of traffic on Rocks Road - Wakefield Quay decreased. There is hope that a new highway will be added to the Nelson road network & that this will remove trucks & some of the cars, also allowing for the redevelopment of this beautiful waterfront into the World class recreation area that it so deserves to be :-)
    Holiday Nelson
  • Hi Jarrod and Peta-Jane. Just want to say a big thank you to you for sorting out the lovely little cottage for us to stay in. The Captains cottage was delightful and provided us with a very pleasant stay. Thank you also for letting us leave our belongings there while we were on our walk. And what an interesting walk it was!! The first night we had the earthquake, and then torrential rain which caused flooding on the track. All made for a few extra challenges, but the walk was certainly worth it and enjoyable. We really enjoyed the last two days when we came back to Nelson also. Would love to come back and stay again, and just experience more of the Nelson region. I will certainly be recommending your services to others who are looking for accommodation and would not hesitate to use your services again when we come back.

    A Rutledge - Nov, 2016

  • t was great. Everything was good, wifi etc. Only issue was the traffic but that's to be expected being on a main road and we'll know for next time. Location was handy with restaurants within a close walking distance.

    S Hartill - Oct, 2016

  • Thanks for your email. We had a lovely stay at the cottage. It was warm , well set up and the beds were very comfortable.

    S Gunn - Sep, 2016

  • Hi Peta-Jane We had a great stay in Nelson after a delayed start. Thanks again,

    R Bereton - Sep, 2016

  • We LOVED your charming home--all amenities we needed!! Great location, beds VERY comfortable and wonderful shower. As we booked from the United States, we were very pleased and would highly recommend your property!

    K Alsbach - Jul, 2016

  • Thanks so much. We enjoyed our stay at captains cottage. We would recommend to other Nelson visitors.

    L Steiner - Jul, 2016

  • Hi We found Captains Cottage a perfect spot for our shortstay in Nelson. It was great to be able to walk on long the quay to local restaurants. The cottage was comfortable and inviting and the view from the rooms was stunning. Thanks

    S Takerei - May, 2016

  • Dear Jarrod and Peta-Jane, Thank you for your email. We very much enjoyed Captain's Cottage - it was a good choice for us. We were surprised at the heavy traffic just outside the front door. We rather thought that WQuay would be more like a seafront promenade rather than a super highway. This did not spoil our stay. The cottage was well equipped, generously stocked with the necessaries, and I spent some time watering daily, which revived the garden. Our family wedding was across the road at the Boathouse - perfect! (60+ family members flew into Nelson from all over Australia), and on our last evening we had the best dinner in years at the Harbour Light? Bistro a few doors down. My husband and I are coming back - it's an amazing place and we loved it.

    M Holloway - Mar, 2016

  • Thanks for a lovely stay in your Captain's Cottage. We had a great few days in Nelson. Extra thanks for dropping in the coffee pods - they were much appreciated.

    J Lambert-Smith - Mar, 2016

  • Thank you, we really enjoyed the accommodation, a little busy with the traffic but great location. Accommodations were great. Aside from the tragic noise which was easily overcome with ear plugs. Thank you. We would recommend this property to others!

    P Krawchenko - Feb, 2016

  • Afternoon, We really enjoyed our stay thank you. Everything was as described and we were impressed by how clean and tidy the whole house was. The extras such as coffee machine, car parking ticket and wifi were great benefits.

    A Harrid - Jan, 2016

  • We will keep returning to this little house on Wakefield Quay every time we're in Nelson. It just has the best vibe, an awesome view, and all the comforts you need. Holiday Nelson is super-friendly, professional, and prompt. A 10 out of 10!!

    N Harper - Jan, 2016

  • The property managers were extremely responsive and friendly always. The house has the greatest vibe - 175 years of stories! The view is fabulous, as is the location. Absolutely wonderful. Would highly recommend.

    N Harper - Nov, 2015

  • Loved the heritage and character of the cottage! Really great that there was games there and magazines. When we weren't making the most of the proximity to great local restaurants we made excellent use of the BBQ & cosy kitchen ;-) Thanks again!

    C & S Townsley - Feb, 2015

  • Beautiful property, well positioned and has comfortable beds. Secure patio out the back is ideal for children to play in. Captain's Cottage helped make our stay in Nelson really enjoyable. We would definitely go back!

    T MacDonald - Mar, 2014

  • Was even more amazing than than the photos online. The views from the upstairs windows are fantastic and the furnishing of the cottage is totally in keeping with it's history. Loved it!

    M Whyte - Feb, 2014

  • Fantastic holiday home, lots of character touches but still has mod cons like heat pump, big TV and fully kitted out for a short or long stay. The stairs are steep but a door at the bottom means you can keep the little ones contained downstairs! The road outside is quite busy but only took one night for us to get used to the noise and it's a small price to pay for the view and the location. We'll be back again :)

    R O'Keefe - Feb, 2013

  • beautiful cottage with stunning views. It can be noisey for those sensitive to traffic noise but we all loved our stay.

    C Young - Jan, 2013

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