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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 the 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

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 -bifolding windows facing the sea.

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.

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.


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.

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

Booking Conditions

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

On-street parking with parking permit provided.

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

  • 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 (Montgomery Square)
  • Nelson Sunday Flea 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
  • 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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