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On The Rocks

Nelson Waterfront

  • 6 Guests
  • 3 Bedrooms
  • 4 Beds
  • 2.5 Bathrooms
  • Bikes OK
  • Free WiFi
  • 2 Parking
  • Aircon
  • BBQ (gas)

About On The Rocks

  • Location 
  • Quality of Home 
  • Linens & Housekeeping Included

'On The Rocks' is a modern waterfront villa offering easy single-level living in a location that is close to Tahunanui Beach, a short drive from the city centre & an easy stroll to some of Nelson's best restaurants & cafes!

Outstanding views over Tasman Bay greet you through every window & you'll soon be well acquainted with Nelson's favourite sea-side landmarks: Haulashore Island, Fifeshire Rock & the Boulder Bank. 

This holiday home is contemporary & relaxing & well equipped for practicality & comfort. While proximity to local eateries makes eating out a cinch, with a great kitchen & readily available great local produce, cooking at home is also a great option!   

Head to the beach to enjoy a swim or fishing, walking, cycling, SUP boarding, kite surfing, or relax at home to take in an incredible sunset or two, or pass the day just watching the boats, ships & wildlife -  Nelson's harbour entrance is frequented by dolphins, orcas, schools of fish & many types of seabirds!

'On the Rocks' is an affordable, versatile accommodation that is well suited to a wide range of travellers - From couples or families seeking space & a relaxing break to corporate travellers seeking the perfect place to unwind after a busy day... Click Book Now to secure your Nelson stay at this great holiday home. 

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

3 Bedrooms (Sleeps up to 6)

1: Master Bedroom with Queen bed, ensuite bathroom & private balcony with close-up views over Fifeshire Rock.

2: Queen bed with intimate views over Haulashore Island.

3: Single bed + Single bed with views toward Tahunanui Beach.

Other: Office nook with a view of the bay.

2+ Bathrooms

1: Master ensuite bathroom with Shower, Toilet & Vanity.

2: Main bathroom with Shower, Bath & Vanity.

Separate Toilet.


On the Rocks 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 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. No pets. General Terms & Conditions apply.

Car parking - Two off-street car parks are provided for guests. The garage area is not accessible to guests.

Security Camera - There is a security camera outside the property. This camera surveils the driveway area.

Noise in the area - The waterfront road is busy & all properties within this area are subject to some road noise. This home is set-back & elevated & has been well insulated to provide comfort & quiet. The road will be busiest during weekday mornings & late-afternoon commute times.

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
  • Walk to Restaurants
  • Walk to Beach
  • Sea Views
  • BBQ (gas)
  • Hair dryer
  • Iron & Ironing board
  • Microwave
  • Dishwasher
  • DVD player
  • Dryer
  • Electric Blankets
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Fully-fenced courtyard
  • Bath
  • Boat parking
  • Board games
  • Clothes line
  • Coffee plunger
  • Food processor
  • Freeview TV
  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Garage
  • Heated towel rails
  • Underfloor heating
  • High Chair for Hire
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Off-street parking
  • Pantry basics
  • Portacot for Hire
  • Mobile phone coverage
  • Washing machine
  • Water pressure - mains
  • Music Player/Stereo
  • Tea, coffee, sugar
  • Smart TV/Internet TV
  • Central Heating - Heat pump ducted
  • Waterfront
  • 2+ Bathrooms
  • Movie Collection
  • Unlimited Internet
  • Bluetooth Music
  • Bikes OK
  • Cooling Fan(s)
  • Close to Great Taste Cycle Trail

Rocks Road is possibly the best location from which to see Nelson's spectacular water views. A place of truly remarkable natural beauty yet such a short distance from a city, popular beach & many amazing eateries!

Uber/Taxis are readily available (less than an 8min. ride from here to the city), there is a bus stop nearby, you could take advantage of Nelson's extensive cycleway network or make your way to/from the city or beach by foot :-)

Downtown (major shopping) is 2km away, Tahunanui Beach (including kayak and SUP rental, water park, go karting and mini golf) is 900M away on a scenic walking path, and the first of many high end restaurants is <600M away.


  • Local Wineries
  • Hoglund Art Glass Gallery
  • Jester House cafe & tame eels
  • Kereru Gallery, Mapua
  • Golden Bear Brewing, Mapua Wharf
  • Great Taste Cycle Trail
  • Rabbit Island Ferry
  • Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park
  • Kimi Ora Spa & Massage Treatments
  • Harwoods Hole, Takaka Hill
  • Pic's Peanut Butter World
  • 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
  • Fun Time On The Rocks We really enjoyed our stay at this vacation home while in Nelson--spacious place, well-appointed features, easy parking, convenience to dinner restaurants, beautiful view! It was our favorite property out of all our stops in New Zealand. Definitely would choose it again!

    Barbara H. - Jun, 2024

  • It was perfect for our girls reunion. Plenty of room for 5the pm drinks, close to the waterfront restaurants and had everything we needed for our short stay. Would use it again happily.

    Donna C. - May, 2024

  • We absolutely loved this venue. Beds were extremely comfortable. View was spectacular. We had everything we needed and were very close to delicious restaurants and walking tracks. Would highly recommend this property.

    Maralynn M. - May, 2024

  • Great place to stay. We would recommend and stay again.

    Andrew D. - Apr, 2024

  • Thank you for the use of this wonderful house. What amazing sunset views ;-)

    Teresa and Andrew D. - Apr, 2024

  • A great place to stay. Excellent facilities, wonderful views and close to central Nelson. Very good communication by the hosts made made for a hassle free stay.

    Lindsay S. - Mar, 2024

  • This unit had beautiful views and lots of space to spread out.

    Lauren H. - Mar, 2024

  • Great Holiday A great place to stay, with very good facilities and amazing views. Highly recommended.

    Lindsay S. - Mar, 2024

  • Great

    Irene W. - Mar, 2024

  • An awesome place to stay. Home away from home, but better. Total relaxation. Beautiful views of the ocean. Quiet location, yet central for awesome walks & coffee. Everything you need supplied, to make a chilled stay. Comfortable beds & lovely furnishings . This place is well worth putting on top of your Nelson stays list. It will be on mine, next time we come to visit. Your hosts are super. Quick to respond, & very pleasant to converse with.. Overall, our stay was wonderful.

    Debra N. - Mar, 2024

  • We had a delightful time at On the Rocks! The house was well equipped and the lay out was perfect for two couples. The location and views were great, we enjoyed the sunny deck and even did yoga out there. Early morning walks on the Quay for coffee and lovely restaurants just down the street. Played golf close into town and visited wineries near Maupua.

    Denise L. - Mar, 2024

  • Wonderful location and second to none views. Furnishings and decor were adequate. Really enjoyed our time there! Loved it! Thank you

    Megan C. - Feb, 2024

  • Thank you for allowing us to stay. Beautiful clean house in a great area to check out all Nelson has to offer. Views amazing better than pictures. Thank you, your home was amazing and bed bloody comfortable!!!!

    Belinda T. - Feb, 2024

  • Terrific stay just as advertised. Great views, loved the location (walking distance to great restaurants and longer walk to beach) and well-stocked kitchen. Overall we would recommend this property!

    Pam Z. - Jan, 2024

  • On The Rocks Really Rocks This property is absolutely amazing. From the location to the view it's a dream come true. We were in Nelson to celebrate the family Patriarch's 90th birthday. We had 2 adult children and a partner staying with us and the house and it's layout was superb. We cooked together, used the grill and read on the patio all the while enjoying the amazing view. If you're lucky enough to find this property available, grab it. You will not be disappointed.

    Cynthia Towne - Dec, 2023

  • We had a lovely time thank you! The weather really helped as we had the best ever day at the Abel Tasman. The accommodation was spacious and well equipped. We were able to cook a lovely meal and also went out to eat at the nearby Boat Shed which was divine. Thank you again. Gill, Caroline and Debbie xx

    Gill, Caroline and Debbie - Nov, 2023

  • Greetings, We had no issues with anything at your lovely home. All instructions were very clear and all our needs were well met. Even down to beautiful weather over the weekend. Holiday Nelson was very efficient in this overall process, and we loved our visit to the wider Nelson region for the 2023 Mini Nationals. Many thanks.

    Doug S. - Nov, 2023

  • Hi Rob and Co, We absolutely loved staying at your lovely property in Rocks Road. Many happy memories for my husband and family that were in town for his father's 90th birthday. Two small things, first we broke a pint glass but found 2 at an op shop in Nelson so have replaced it +1, and I believe one of the recessed lights in the kitchen is burned out. Thanks again for offering such a beautiful place for us to stay. Best regards, Cynthia

    Cynthia T. - Nov, 2023

    Hi Cynthia, Thank you so much for your lovely message! We're thrilled to hear that you and your family had a wonderful time at our property celebrating such a special occasion. Not to worry about the pint glass; we truly appreciate you replacing it. And thank you for letting us know about the light in the kitchen. We'll get that fixed right away. We hope to have the pleasure of hosting you again in the future. Wishing your husband's father a belated happy 90th birthday! Our regards, Mara
    Holiday Nelson
  • Hi there all Thank you so much for allowing us to stay at your beautiful house. We just loved it. Great position, comfy beds, stocked with essentials, amazing views. We could not be happier. Would have liked to have been able to leave the windows open a bit at night but there were no fly screens. Mozzies are huge! All jokes aside though we would definitely recommend others to stay there. Cheers Maralynn, Anna, Lindy and Jennifer

    Marlynn - Nov, 2023

    Thank you Maralynn, glad you enjoyed your stay! Giant mosquitos!! - These might have been Crane Flys... They look like giant versions of mosquitos, but they don't bite and aren't in the slightest bit interested in us humans :-)
    Holiday Nelson
  • Loved our time in Nelson, they were very responsive with a problem beyond their control and very helpful to deal with. Very glad we had booked with them, so many options, will definitely stay again when in Nelson Thansk alot for the way you handled the situation. We are glad it did not dampen our holiday.

    Amie M. - Nov, 2023

  • Beautiful spot, great place to wander about the beaches walkways. Views are stunning. A well laid out home - particularly for two couples or work colleagues sharing vs two room high elsewhere. Handy to Central town. Highly recommend.

    Rebecca H. - Nov, 2023

  • Nelson heaven Lovely location and views

    Gill S. - Nov, 2023

  • Very pleasant stay for our work group. Great restaurants nearby and location worked well with our clients. Would stay again.

    Christine - Sep, 2023

  • Nice and warm good size house private

    Adam F. - Jun, 2023

  • Very spacious and clean accommodation. Warm and extremely comfortable. The view was fabulous. Location central and easy to walk to eateries and beach etc. would definitely stay again.

    Carol F. - Apr, 2023

  • I was really impressed with this property. It's in the perfect location overlooking the water. The city centre is within walkable distance and the airport is just 5 minutes drive away. Best of all, it's just a few minutes walk to the beach. I would definitely stay there again and highly recommend it for a group of friends or a family. my family of 5 loved our stay.

    Brendan S. - Apr, 2023

  • When we arrived the trash in kitchen was not cleaned but immediately the property manager sent someone over to clean! And he stopped by to follow up. Great place to stay near the water. Nice walk along the road to beach. Great location

    Nancy K. - Mar, 2023

  • Beautiful views, good location

    Richard R. - Mar, 2023

  • Such a great location Comfortable and clean Everything that we needed

    Ann P. - Feb, 2023

  • Kia ora Holiday Nelson Just to say we had a wonderful time in Nelson and surrounding area. They accommodation was wonderful, the views made it really special, especially when we had the sunset and waking up to the sunshine. The accommodation was well equipped and very comfortable and suited all our needs. We really enjoyed having breakfast watching the activities on the waterfront across the road, paddle boarders, surfers, swimmers and boats. One day we saw the whale rescue training on the beach! We are now safely back in the UK after a very long journey. I am sure we will be back in Nelson visiting the family again in the years to follow and have said, we will book early to hopefully be able to book the same accommodation again. Best wishes

    Carolyn and Stephen C. - Feb, 2023

  • Nice house with an amazing view.

    Gary F. - Feb, 2023

  • Great place to stay. Close to beach with good safe swimming. Great kitchen and comfortable to sit outside. We made use of washing machine and dish washer and much appreciated the care and attention to look after it. Great restaurant walking distance. Thanks for the very good beds and showers.

    Lynda D. - Jan, 2023

  • We really enjoyed our stay here. The property was well appointed, tidy and in a great location. Communication was prompt and clear. We would definitely recommend this property to others.

    Maree M. - Jan, 2023

  • Very nice house. Clean n quiet.

    Louis L. - Dec, 2022

  • Wonderful location, clean, modern accommodation and comfy beds! two bathrooms were handy for the four sports team members who stayed. Details were accurate and communication was very quick and helpful. Loved it! Thank you so much, what a lovely stay we had. we had everything we needed and the location was great!

    Layla R. - Nov, 2022

  • Great house and location! Was a beautiful house. We thoroughly enjoyed the style layout, location, view, bbq and decking area! Comfy beds, awesome Bathrooms with good shower pressure. Was a luxury for us! Would definitely come back.

    Tiffany A. - Nov, 2022

  • Fabulous views, good location, a modern property with plenty of room. Door code was very easy to use

    Rod M. - Nov, 2022

  • Great location, very tidy and good house layout for two couples. Was also nice and close to the airport, town and eateries and gateway to all the other attractions around the area. Can highly recommend Harry Hawker House for Asian fusion food.

    Chris H. - Jul, 2022

  • Thanks for your email and thanks for having us stay we really enjoyed it it was an exceptional property and suited us really well.

    Rhys F. - Jul, 2022

  • Great place to stay , close to amenities

    Anna A. - Jul, 2022

  • Perfect location for ease to walk along the waterfront and to head back over the hill to the town centre. Plenty of parking for our two big vehicles. The views were pretty special. Really relaxing to sit and watch the paddle boarders pass by on the still water. Plenty of cooking utensils and pots etc in the kitchen. Heat Pump took the chill off the winter evenings and having bedrooms at opposite ends of the house gave us all the privacy we wanted. Plenty of blankets and towels.

    Helen C. - Jul, 2022

  • An excellent option in the jewel of the south. A terrific location with space and everything you need for a memorable stay. Highly recommended.!

    Jason M. - Jul, 2022

  • We certainly enjoyed your property and it’s location, your communication was great and we would certainly use your service again property had a great family break in a nice part of nelson location and lay out of property

    Jeff M. - Jun, 2022

  • Hi We’ve just returned having staying a couple of nights at “on the rocks”. If the opportunity comes around we’d definitely go back. Short or longer stay the site is generous in size and comfortable. A very relaxing stay. Good location close to town and beautiful outlook. Thanks for having us we enjoyed our break. Jo

    Jo G. - Apr, 2022

  • Pretty good place in Nelson Place was clean had a really amazing view. Good location

    Melvin T. - Apr, 2022

  • we'd go back and wished we had longer. kind of place it was easy to relax in. roomy, comfortable, great location. Good for a family.

    Mike and Jo G. - Apr, 2022

  • Hi Sara We stayed at The Rocks on 24th February to 28th it was only three of us not the four that were booked. Our stay was just lovely and we were all very happy with the accommodation and everything that was included. Some people before us had not put the correct rubbish/ recycling etc in the correct bins but we emptied and re-arranged the bins. If ever we are your way again we would love to stay. Many thanks Pauline, Janice and Catherine

    Pauline, Janice and Catherine - Mar, 2022

  • Very comfortable modern house. A great place to relax. Location was really good. Good views of haul ashore island and tasman bay.

    Jeremy K. - Feb, 2022

  • awesome location awesome spot- totally recommend

    Matt L. - Feb, 2022

  • Amazing location for the view and the distance to popular spots. Hosts are very well organised, and great communication through out. House is fully equipped with everything you might ever need. Thanks!

    Jason H. - Feb, 2022

  • Lovely comfortable stay with everything we needed. Very spacious house and great communication. Beautiful outlook over the sea and walking distance to beach. On bus route to town which was handy. Host kindly let us leave bags for the day after checkout.

    Rachel M. - Jan, 2022

  • Great Location Very handy to everything.

    Sheree N. - Dec, 2021

  • Hi Holiday Nelson Team, We really enjoyed our stay in your accommodation, we wish we stayed longer. The house is clean and tidy, and perfectly located close to the beach. We loved our view from the bedroom! It’s also not that noisy as located behind another property, making it helpful for our little one to have a good sleep at night. We’d love to stay here again, hopefully on our next visit. Many Thanks, Charmine and Jamie

    Charmine and Jamie M - Nov, 2021

  • Lovely accommodation with great views. Very clean and tidy. Would stay here again

    Debbie W. - Nov, 2021

  • Lovely place the cabinet under the sink was broken. I let the host know and they were onto it within hours! Great host and place to stay thank you so much

    Nicholas H. - Oct, 2021

  • Awesome house in great location Would highly recommend this house

    Gerald T. - Jul, 2021

  • Just words really. Accomodating Warm Great views Comfortable Easy Central Spotless We loved our time, we would recommend you And if we go back / wed stay there again .

    Kerri H. - Jul, 2021

  • We were pleasantly surprised at how great the location was, easy to get around. everything was awesome

    Glenn H. - Jul, 2021

  • Clean, tidy, nice view Two friends and two children - master is far from the children’s room, but there is a double room next door which worked for us.

    Carla W. - Jul, 2021

  • I loved the house! Great place to stay, relaxing & cozy atmosphere . Great location 5 mins from everything. The house has everything you need to enjoy a home away from home. A++ Lovely Accommodation, we would defiantly stay here again.

    Martina N. - Jun, 2021

  • Great holiday Nice property. Awesome location. Really comfortable.

    Stacey F. - Jun, 2021

  • Great little find if you are after something cozy and spacious in the winter or want a relaxing getaway with incredible views. Perfectly located being only a 5 minute drive from Nelson town centre. Would thoroughly recommend and will definitely look to come back in the future.

    Deborah W. - Jun, 2021

  • Most beautiful house. Amazing views and close to everything. Everything you would want. Perfect. Hosts were wonderful - great communication. Five stars! Thank you so much. Your house is amazing. Such an beautiful view.

    Geraldine O'B. - Jun, 2021

  • Hi Sara, Mara, Jarrod and Rob - all, We absolutely loved your house and we were sorry that we could not stay longer to enjoy the house, wonderful deck and view. We appreciated the finishing touches to make our stay very comfortable. I must say it was also a very warm house with great beds. We were all appreciative of these assets especially when we arrived much later than intended. Too much to stop and experience on the way! This was our only wish list point - an outside sensory light to access the gate and see the steps to the door. We will certainly book again! Kind regards Dorothy

    Dorothy C. - May, 2021

  • Hi Team We really enjoyed our stay in this lovely home. Great location and well equipped House. We would certainly like to come back here sometime in the future. Regards Peter

    Peter O'S. - May, 2021

  • Great outlook with amazing views and a great position. Thank you for having us regards Luke

    Luke P. - May, 2021

  • Spacious house with beautiful views out to the water! Great spot :) Thanks for an enjoyable stay!

    Georgina G. - Apr, 2021

  • Yes, we had a great time at this property.

    Sean M. - Apr, 2021

  • Hi Myles and Mara Thanks very much for a fabulous stay - we loved your house , and the gorgeous view.

    Julia W. - Apr, 2021

  • Everything as advertised, warm, dry, comfortable in a great location with exceptional views Thanks for a great stay in an awesome location

    Glenn F - Apr, 2021

  • Lovely house with great sea views from every room, comfortable beds and everything you could wish for. Lovely and warm, clean and tidy. Highly recommend the boat shed cafe just down the road for a beautiful meal. Thanks Myles we really enjoyed staying at your house. Loved having a sea view from every room and lying in bed looking at the ocean .

    Julia W. - Apr, 2021

  • This newly listed property offers spectacular sea views & a modern villa feel in Nelson's most sought after area - the waterfront! This home is bookable now & already booking fast for stays commencing 12 March 2021. We look forward to sharing our first guest reviews here soon!

    Holiday Nelson - Mar, 2021

  • Fantastic house on a great location. Ocean view is amazing. Well equipped kitchen, spacious room and comfy living room. Walking distance to restaurants. Highly recommended

    Justine M. - Mar, 2021

  • Your rocks accommodation was perfect for our time in Nelson hope to be back in august many thanks

    Sue A. - Mar, 2021

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