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The Pilot House Nelson 1862

Nelson Waterfront

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

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The Pilot House Nelson 1862

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

Blessed with a prime waterfront position, directly in front of Nelson's iconic harbour entrance with incredible views across the water, the island and the boulder bank.

This is Nelson's original 1862 Pilot House - Now architecturally renovated to an impeccable standard with contemporary furnishings & amenities to provide maximum comfort & relaxation during your stay here!

Right next-door is the Harbour Light Bistro restaurant and just across the road is the Boat Shed Cafe Restaurant - two of Nelson's very best food, wine & coffee spots at your beck & call with many more options within an easy walk or short drive.

This very special accommodation is just 10minutes drive from Nelson Airport, and less than 5minutes drive from Tahunanui Beach or the Nelson city centre. This is an ideal location from which to base yourself to enjoy the best Nelson city & the Nelson-Tasman region have to offer!

The Pilot House - Nelson: Beautiful by day or by night - a fantastic Nelson waterfront accommodation that you're going to love to make your home away from home!

Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Both bedrooms are located upstairs and offer superbly comfortable Queen Beds with views over the water from the front Bedroom. 

The downstairs bathroom offers Shower, Toilet & Vanity and the upstairs bathroom offers Bath, Toilet & Vanity. 

A full laundry is provided.


The Pilot 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 2.5 hours will be included in your booking.

Extra charges will apply where additional cleaning, 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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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, No pets. See our General Terms & Conditions for full details.

Car parking - Single off-street parking & additional on-street parking available. 

Noise in the area - 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.

Check-in & Check out

Check-in is possible anytime after 3pm 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
  • 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
  • High Chair for Hire
  • Linens & towels
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Off-street parking
  • Pantry basics
  • Portacot for Hire
  • Sanitary basics
  • SkyTV Sports
  • Mobile phone coverage
  • Washing machine
  • Water pressure - mains
  • Music Player/Stereo
  • All day sun
  • Housekeeping upon departure
  • Tea, coffee, sugar
  • Smart TV/Internet TV
  • Second TV
  • Netflix
  • Central Heating - Gas Radiators
  • Ultra Fast Fibre Broadband
  • Waterfront
  • 2+ Bathrooms
  • Telescope
  • Movie Collection
  • Lightbox TV
  • Guitar
  • Refrigerator

Located on Nelson's Wakefield Quay, Stepneyville right on the Nelson Waterfront! This location offers World class views, fantastic dining & proximity to the beach & city centre.


  • Motueka Sunday Market (Decks Reserve)
  • Great Taste Cycle Trail
  • Kaiteriteri Mountain Bike Park
  • Local Wineries
  • Abel Tasman National Park
  • Nelson Saturday Market (Kirby Lane)
  • 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
  • Fantastic place to stay - very stylish and charming cottage in a wonderful location . Highly recommended Fantastic location and extremely charming cottage- highly recommend

    Paul D. - Jun, 2022

  • Amazing place to stay, beautiful view and great location, close to town and boat shed across the road for delicious dining! Thank you for a lovely stay, everything was great x

    Elsie B. - Jun, 2022

  • Hi guys, just letting you know we will definitely be using your service if we come to Nelson again. The pilot house was gorgeous, the owners have done a wonderful job renovating it to such a great standard, I especially loved how the beds looked and were so very comfortable. It was great to be by such good restaurants also, we went to three of them while there! I wouldn't stay there again though as it was way too noisy for me as we live on a farm and are used to silence, but that is no fault of yours or the owners I am just a fussy sleeper! So I'm thinking maybe Britannia Heights might be a good option for us next time. Thanks again Kind regards Tania

    Tania M. - May, 2022

  • great location and fabulous views

    Julia W. - May, 2022

  • We enjoyed this comfy house .Great views & close to everything. Beautifully styled I can highly recommend this stylish cute property . It was well equipped & very comfy . Well situated & fab view . Thank you to Jarrod at Holiday Nelson for his prompt expert friendly assistance . Great stay

    Jan B. - May, 2022

  • New availability at The Pilot House - Nelson commencing April 1 2022!

    John D. & Eleanor J. - Mar, 2022

    It's been 4 years since we were last able to offer The Pilot House and it is with great pleasure that we offer this very special waterfront property again! Reinvigorated & refreshed with the love of new owners & with a higher level of furnishing & finishing. We very much look forward to hosting guests here from April onwards :-)
    Holiday Nelson
  • 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 W. - 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 H. - 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 G. - 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 E. - Nov, 2017

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

    Richard E. - Sep, 2017

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

    Cliff S. - 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 M. - 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 B. - 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 A. - 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 H. - Mar, 2017

  • Great location close to restaurants and shops, very tastefully decorated.

    Justine T. - 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 W. - 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 M. - 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

    Sarah & Ron R. - 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!

    Julie M. - 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.

    David M. - 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.

    Peter C. - Sep, 2016

    Holiday Nelson Response: Thank you for this great feedback - we'll be actioning these changes right away :-)
    Holiday Nelson
  • Hi Yes we enjoyed the Pilot House & the only issue was the heating system. Thankfully Jarrod was able to help & we managed to sort it out with his help (& the manual located in laundry ) It was quite tricky though . Regards Jan & Nigel

    Jan B. - Nov, -0001

    Thank you Jan, Glad you enjoyed your stay and that you were able to get the heating working with a little help. We're running some trouble-shooting tests on the system now to ensure we can provide clear advice on what to do if the settings do go astray again :-) All the best :-) The Team at Holiday Nelson
    Holiday Nelson

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