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The Pilot House

Nelson Waterfront

  • 4 Guests
  • 2 Bedrooms
  • 2 Beds
  • 2 Bathrooms
  • Free WiFi
  • 1 Parking
  • Aircon

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About The Pilot House

  • Location 
  • Quality of Holiday 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 for 23 Dec ~ 6 Jan (6 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 will be included in your booking.

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. 

This is a personal home, made available to guests on an occasional basis. This allows you access to a superb & well-equipped home with the trade-off that storage may be required for owner belongings. 

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!

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

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
  • Thanks so much for the Pilot House accomm. We had a fabulous time there. The house is so well organised and and provided everything we needed. Even though the wedding at the boathouse was shifted to moutere because of the storm, we really looked forward to coming home to this house knowing it was so nice. It was immaculately clean. Thank you again.

    Corrie Wilkinson - Feb, 2018

  • The property is well designed and is close to The beautiful Nelson town. You have a magnificent view to the ocean and couple of restaurants are nearby. The accommodation was well prepared for our stay and provided everything we needed.

    Ulrike Haas - Dec, 2017

  • We thoroughly enjoyed our stay at The Pilot House, it was an excellent location very central to everything and the decor and ambience was 'second-to-none'. We couldn't fault your awesome set-up with the Cottage, every detail and requirement was catered for. We build houses and we were impressed with your renovation and interior design. We will definitely be back! Thanks for having us and sharing your lovely piece of paradise!

    Yvie & Darren Garred - Nov, 2017

  • We thought the property was lovely, attractively decorated and furnished and well-maintained. The position was perfect and having such a first-rate restaurant next door was an unexpected bonus.

    Anne Ellis - Nov, 2017

  • Enjoyable stay in a great Nelson location. Well appointed, had everything we needed to make for a fun weekend away.

    Richard Ellis - Sep, 2017

  • Fantastic stay - a great place and great location. Thoroughly recommend to anyone looking for somewhere central and interesting. Awesome value!

    Cliff Shaw - Sep, 2017

  • The Pilot House is top quality accommodation with a stunning view. In a cold Winter, it was nice and warm. It is actually very central and easy to get to various activities as well as Nelson centre. Dealing with Nelson Holiday was awesome as they are professional and on to it. Yes the front bedroom can be a little noisy as it is on a busy road but the view makes up for it and it didn't affect our sleep. Lovely restaurants nearby and the walk along the promenade is wonderful. Definitely recommend.

    Corinne Morris - Jul, 2017

  • We had a great stay and we found the location perfect for what we were looking for. The restaurant next door was amazing… It will be good when the house gets its central heating sorted. One heat pump for the whole house in the middle of winter, meant that it needed to stay on at a high temp to keep the house warm. Many thanks for the clear directions and service

    Cherie Buchanan - Jun, 2017

    Hi Cherie, Thanks for your feedback. Usually the heat pump is enough to heat this tiny house. But the nights have been pretty cold last week :-) Sara - Holiday Nelson
    Holiday Nelson
  • 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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