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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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Book now to take advantage of this great incentive & enjoy your Nelson stay at this beautiful waterfront home! Our Winter Special runs until the end of September 2024. Discount automatically applied when booking.

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 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. 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.

Note on upstairs bathroom - The ceiling of this bathroom conforms to the heritage listed roof pitch and does not provide full height above the bath or toilet and it may be necessary for taller visitors to use this toilet while seated. The downstairs bathroom provides Shower, Toilet & Vanity with a full-height ceiling :-)

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 & Other App accessible TV
  • 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.


  • 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 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
  • Luxurious and spoilt Character, location, decor, quality linen and furnishings

    Angela P. - May, 2024

  • Loved watching the boats go past! Special place.

    Miranda G. - May, 2024

  • Great place to stay super clean and tidy the only thing I would mention is it’s a little noisy with the truck but great place to stay

    Nicci M. - Apr, 2024

    Thanks again for staying Nicci :-)
    Holiday Nelson
  • Nice classy House, well equipped, some noise despite a construction site next to it and the main road in front. Very clean, close to Airport,nice view of the bay and some nice Restaurant Boat Shed / Boat House across and very good Cafe Sublime not far away.

    Marc Philipp W. - Mar, 2024

  • Charming seaside cottage in Nelson! Great location with awesome views and easy access to local restaurants and the downtown area. Would definitely stay again!

    Mike G. - Mar, 2024

  • We really enjoyed our stay. The pilot house is a beautiful old home with some amazing views.

    Geoff W. - Mar, 2024

  • Beautiful views from this lovely character home and in a great location . Close to some wonderful restaurants across the road and a short walk down to Tahunanui and it is even walkable to town. A perfect place for our week-end stay-Thank you so much.

    Adrienne O. - Mar, 2024

  • Beautiful views and a great location. The road is a bit busy but the house is quiet and feels very private.

    Elan B. - Mar, 2024

  • The pilot house was really lovely and in a great spot. The kitchen was very well appointed and the bed linen gorgeous. Comfy beds and good shower pressure. We had a couple of small maintenance issues but the managers had someone around within half hr. Was very impressed with such good service. Would definitely stay again.

    Gayle C. - Feb, 2024

  • Beautiful home with great view to harbour.

    Harri G. - Feb, 2024

  • Awesome - great spot, lovely views, walking distance to some lovely bars/eateries. Thanks! Great stay, very much enjoyed.

    Stacey A. - Dec, 2023

  • A lovely character house beautifully decorated, comfortable and with all of the amenities you could want for your stay. We really enjoyed our stay

    Robyn D. - Dec, 2023

  • The house and location were amazing!

    Jamie - Nov, 2023

  • Such a great place to stay! Loved the living area with great view to the water. Very comfortable and modern! Thanks so much

    Catherine M. - Nov, 2023

  • Lovely house, great location. Very clean and tidy. 5 Stars!

    Alan - Oct, 2023

  • 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. - Oct, 2023

  • A stunning spot within walking distance to town.. but it was just a fab wee stay over so thank you for sharing your home

    Deb - Sep, 2023

  • Wonderful unique house, heating works well on cold nights!

    Maddie - Sep, 2023

  • Beautiful house, easy walk to The Boatshed for dinner! When we arrived it was lovely and warm inside so really welcoming Thank you so much for a wonderful visit Janet Perth WA

    Janet - Sep, 2023

  • We stayed here for a few nights while in Nelson. Was a comfortable, and relaxing place to stay while exploring the top of the South Island. Good communication, with easy, simple instructions to follow with accessing/leaving the property. Had a great time here.

    Krystina - Sep, 2023

  • My daughter became unwell and was unable to travel back to Australia. Ola was fantastic and even checked up on our health multiple times, which was very thoughtful. Thank you so much.

    Tamara M. - Aug, 2023

  • Loved the sunset views and how close it was to town without being too busy!

    Rachel - Aug, 2023

  • An absolutely charming house. We fell in love with all the quirky details, especially the upstairs bedrooms. One has the most incredible view, the other has a tiny balcony and roof windows for stargazing. And that view from the living room - amazing! The house was warm, comfortable and beautifully decorated. The beds were the comfiest of our whole trip.

    Nicola W. - Jul, 2023

  • Loved our stay in Nelson, the views were stunning. Easy walk into town centre.

    Holly B. - Jul, 2023

  • Really nice place to stay, comfy beds and good heating. Beautiful views.

    Janine H. - Jun, 2023

  • Really lovely well equipped little house and a beautiful location.

    Claire M. - May, 2023

  • Loved staying at this Airbnb had the most gorgeous view of the sea it was clean and felt very homey, we will definitely be coming back

    Janae G. - May, 2023

  • Great place to stay a few nights and explore Nelson.

    Ben T. - Apr, 2023

  • Lovely stay! The beds were so comfortable and the house was bright and clean. Gorgeous location right on the water. Very comfortable.

    Taylor D. - Apr, 2023

  • The Pilot house is a cute cottage in Nelson. It is walking distance to a few restaurants and a coffee house and the best Patisserie ( Le Posh) outside of Paris. There is some road noise and it can get busy at late afternoon. The house has comfortable beds and good heating. We enjoyed our stay there.

    Julie H. - Apr, 2023

  • Enjoyed the visit, premises and outlook with road noise the only downside

    Anthony G. - Mar, 2023

  • Loved the location and ambience of the pilot house - great responsive hosts. Sadly we had to rush off due to Ferry schedule change, would have loved another day there - will definitely be back

    Lisa T. - Mar, 2023

  • We loved the history of the house and that it felt spacious inside. We were affected by the noise of the road, staying there when a ship was unloading containers so truck noises during the evening and night. Otherwise we enjoyed our stay and its proximity to some good restaurants.

    Anna B. - Mar, 2023

  • We had a very enjoyable stay at Pilot House. The location was great, beds very comfortable and most importantly the house was spotless. In addition we appreciated Jarrod’s efforts in finding and supplying a fan. It greatly added to my sister’s comfort level at night. Thanks Jarrod. As mentioned, another fan for the other bedroom would also be good! Thanks and kind regards

    Julie J. - Feb, 2023

  • Clean and comfortable - just a shame about all the trucks on road. Front bedroom very noisy

    Kathy P. - Feb, 2023

  • A great house on the sea front over looking the harbour. Several restaurants nearby. The house was well equipped, spacious and clean. Near a busy road.

    Nick C. - Feb, 2023

  • Lovely accommodation

    Kirsty S. - Dec, 2022

  • Beautiful location. LOVED our stay. Most strongly recommend it! A couple of things to be aware of - *the driveway is limited to a normal car - if you bring a van, be prepared to park on the street or accross the street (totally manageable) *the front bedroom has a stunning view - but the road traffic with the window open is noticeable *getting into town will require a car (3 minutes) or a 30 minute walk *three superb restaurants withing 3 minute walking distance

    Tom G. - Dec, 2022

  • We had a wonderful time and loved the house! Was so perfect for us and loved the location and atmosphere! Thanks so much.

    Sarah N. - Nov, 2022

  • Excellent location. Great uniqueness to the accommodation, just out your head you're tall you go the stairs. Everything you could need is there. Very clean and well presented. Cute accommodation that was very clean and easy to access

    Ingrid H. - Nov, 2022

  • Great house and facilities . Very clean and comfortable . Great views of the harbour and only a short drive into Nelson. A very short walk across the road to the Boat Shed Restaurant was a plus! The road the house is situated on can be quite busy at times but we were fine with this . We would definitely recommend this place to others .

    Amanda T. - Nov, 2022

  • Beautiful place to stay right by the waterfront. Central to everything. We will definitely be back.

    Andrea L. - Nov, 2022

  • Lovely little spot. Walkable to town but easier w car/bike. Loved the Pilot house. Perfect little location.

    Matt T. - Oct, 2022

  • Great place to stay! Everything we needed, clean and comfortable.

    Robyn M. - Oct, 2022

  • This is our favorite house we’ve stayed at. It was clean, cozy, and immediately felt like home. I wish all airbnb experiences were as good as this one. Even our small children loved it and didn’t want to leave. We loved your house more than any we’ve stayed at during our New Zealand tour. Thank you so much for sharing it!

    Allan F. - Aug, 2022

  • Holiday Nelson were helpful and organised leading up to our stay. The house had everything we expected and was clean and comfortable.

    Selina F. - Aug, 2022

  • Great location & lovely view. Had everything we needed & very comfortable and clean. Would definitely stay here again. Thanks for a great stay!

    Mandy P. - Jul, 2022

  • Great spot, loved the location! Well appointed.

    Emma R. - Jul, 2022

  • 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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