10 Best Bookabach Holiday Homes In Nelson, New Zealand - Updated 2022

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Say hello to the oldest city in New Zealand’s South Island. There’s much to enjoy during a visit to Nelson on the island’s north coast. Fans of cultural activities will likely delight at its thriving art scene, which is perhaps best exemplified by the city’s eponymous arts festival, while those who crave natural marvels will find the city a useful hopping off point for Abel Tasman National Park with its beautiful sandy beaches and coastal hiking trail. Elsewhere, wine fans will almost certainly wish to visit some of the local vineyards. And, if you enjoy a memorable selfie, then you’ll likely be unable to resist posing beneath the monument which allegedly marks the geographical centre of the entire country. Whatever brings you to this part of New Zealand, Nelson’s location and status as the 12th largest city in the country means there are plenty of accommodation options from which to choose. Read on for just some of the top Bookabach holiday homes in Nelson, New Zealand.

1. A humble cottage close to parkland (from USD 185)

Another three-bedroom option, this house is located in a peaceful cul-de-sac in the east of the city, and a stone’s throw from the river and Botanic Reserve park, the latter of which will be perfect for a little family fun. Those who can’t resist a good selfie in front of a landmark will also find the monument marking the centre of New Zealand close by. The city centre is also within walking distance, although there is also a secure garage with off-street parking at the house, should you plan on using a car to explore. Amenities also include laundry facilities, full kitchen, free wi-fi, and a TV.

Lemon Tree Cottage, ideal for families or couples
19 reviews
House 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 3
Refund Policy :

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The only thing is the height of the microwave as it is on top of the fridge
impressive Xmas lights display one street over too
some tasty local provisions provided
I loved the big comfy bed
kitchen Would benefit from a upgrade of the living room furniture and the outside table could do with a sun parasol and also garden loungers would be good
The house was clean and spacious and we all slept well
The beds were comfortable and the place was very clean and tidy
Kids loved the garden & games
The family had a great time and especially loved Charlie the cat from next door
Well appointed with some lovely touches i e
So handy to town the botanical gardens and the lovely Matai valley
Excellent location and very well equipped
Great place in a great location
Great location near a lovely park Easy walk to town
it's an easy walk into the city close to lovely walks along the river and to the Centre of NZ
Fantastic location walking distance to town
Lemon Tree Cottage was very well located in a quiet street near parks and CBD and also routes in and out of Nelson
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2. A two-bedroom nook for four (from USD 124)

Located close to the river on the city’s Nile Street, this two-bedroom house enjoys an excellent reputation among past guests and would appeal to couples and families alike. It’s leafy gardens and outdoor patio will make for a pleasant spot to unwind with loved ones, while its pet-friendliness and position close to local walks will make for plenty of options if you have a dog. There are also plenty of amenities, including free wi-fi access, a full kitchen and TV. There’s also a cosy fireplace and air conditioning for a comfortable vacation whatever the weather.

Nile Court on Nile Street
113 reviews  Wifi Available
House 4 Guests 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 4
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

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A lovely space that is very walkable to town
comfortable clean equipped with everything you need
Do you have everything you need in the kitchen and bath for a lovely stay
The house was well presented and equipped
The property was clean tidy with all the necessities and suitable for our 2 yr old toddler
The house was very clean and tidy and fitted out with everything we could've possibly needed
very clean and tidy and very well equipped
Great property with everything you need and very centrally located to Nelson CBD
It was lovely and warm
Garden was great for the kids and dog
Home is clean and welcoming with many nice features
(was happy to water the garden during some very hot days and to enjoy some of the garden's produce - at the invitation of the owner )
We loved all aspects of our stay
This property is brilliant centrally located pet friendly
The centre of Nelson is 5 - 10 minutes walk away and a large number of good walks around Nelson are directly accessible from the property
Well equipped house in lovely garden setting
Very spacious 2 bedroom in a great location easy walk to park and Suter gallery and then on into town centre
the Tasman District is a great place to holiday
We visited in winter but the outdoor space would be awesome in summer months
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3. A marvellous split-level house with stunning views (from USD 249)

Stunning beach views await those who opt for this highly-rated three-bedroom house. Set amid the slopes of Britannia Heights, this seven-person property enjoys a lofty vantage from which to enjoy the rich blues of the sea. And it makes the very most of this vista, with large windows enabling easy viewpoints from inside, and a spacious outside patio that also enjoys an unrivalled vista. This smartly decorated split-level property also comes with a spacious full kitchen, living and dining area as well as a number of mod-cons. These include a large satellite TV, air conditioning, internet access and laundry facilities. There’s also on-site parking, which will come in handy for those looking to make the 2.5 km (1.5 miles) drive to Nelson city centre, although you’ll also find the beach and waterfront eateries within walking distance.

'BeachViews' - Stunning Waterfront Home!
38 reviews  Wifi Available
House 7 Guests 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 7
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy :

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was the step stairs to the mezzanine view which restricted options of who could sleep up there
the layout was very open and comfortable Our adult family of 5 had plenty of space and the kitchen/laundry/bathrooms had everything we needed
Such a wonderful view from every room and
The majestic views are stunning and the house is equipped with all home comforts
my kids didn't want to leave
Great property very clean and tidy Really enjoyed the view and facilities were excellent
The property was very clean and tidy and has stunning views of the bay Would definitely recommend
amazing layout a deck to die for
Fabulous clean home to base a long or short stay in Nelson
BEAUTIFUL views day and night
A great place with fantastic ocean views Very quiet and spacious Location was a perfect home base for us as we toured Nelson and Abel Tasman park
It's a 10-15 minute walk to the nearest restaurants
(and Nelson has great restaurants) but the views and scenery on the walk make it seem shorter
Everything you could need is within a 10 minute drive Perfect location
Very quiet A few minor things but easily overlooked
we stayed in 4 different bachs during a 2 week tour of the South Island and this home was BY FAR the best Great location
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4. A well-appointed house close to the city centre (from USD 168)

Another option that is sure to prove appealing to families, this three-bedroom holiday home enjoys wonderful word-of-mouth among delighted past guests. This modern, self-contained property boasts smart decor throughout, as well as large access windows/doors that open onto the garden from the living/dining and kitchen area - to really bring the outdoors inside. Amenities include the fully equipped kitchen, laundry facilities, high-speed wi-fi access and a garage with space for up to two cars - should you plan on using your own transport to get about. It is also well-placed within easy walking distance of a range of local attractions, from Nelson Provincial Museum to art galleries and Melrose House. Naturally, this also places it within easy reach of local shops and restaurants, should you wish to dine out.

Wharekaretu Holiday Home
55 reviews  Wifi Available
House 6 Guests 3 Bedrooms 3 Bathrooms

Accommodates: 6
Minimum Nights: 1
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
beds were super comfy and the home was very close to town
it is lovely clean well-cared for and very central
close to facilities clean and high quality facilities
wonderful hosts and a beautiful well equipped house
the shaw's are great hosts and location is great
great location and only a 15 minute drive to the nelson airport
a lovely house perfectly located possible to walk to town and bike to mountain bike trails
easy to walk everywhere
great location handy to city and walks
good location for walking into the main town area
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5. Studio flat with a splendid bay view (from USD 84)

Looking for a beautiful sea view? This studio apartment will make for a memorable location for a romantic couple’s retreat. It comes with large sliding doors/windows to really maximise the enjoyment of the view when sitting inside. On sunny days the outside patio also provides a great vantage of the bay. The property, which sits a short distance to the north of Nelson and close to a number of small reserves, is nevertheless just a few kilometres from the city centre. A modern property, it comes equipped with plenty of mod-cons, including internet access, kitchenette and TV. There’s also on-site parking, which will come in handy for the short drive into town. Those seeking to whip up some food will also find a barbecue on the patio, for a little impromptu al fresco dining, all while enjoying that view.

Studio on Bay View...
84 reviews  Wifi Available
condo 2 Guests 0 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 2
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 30 days before check-in.

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Amenities & Room:
Good shower and comfortable bed
If you have a car the private car park in front of the studio is another luxurious asset
Beautiful view of the bay from the room
Well appointed apartment with beautiful garden and view of the bay
convenient comfortable easy to find
Everything we needed Clean and tidy
The owners were quite friendly and helpful
Lovely host and cozy studio
Short drive to Nelson and all amenities
Carolyn has done the studio up beautifully and was very friendly obliging and helpful on our arrival
Perfect studio in Nelson for the discerning traveller who appreciates the little touches waking up to birds chirping gorgeous Bay views & garden setting Short drive to city centre & studio is sp...
The studio room was well appointed and Carolyn & Alan were very helpful hosts
(approx 45 minutes)
quiet near many places we wished to see great view of bay and outstanding Sunsets
Perfect for our weekend away Close to the Nelson Market and the Cycle Trails Wonderful view over to the Kaharangi Mountains and Nelson Bay
however there is a bus running into the city (approx 10 minutes ride) and back for a reasonable $2 50 with the busstop conveniently situated right at the bottom of Bay View Road
From Atawhai it's a pleasant walk to Nelson
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6. A fine hillside cottage for a family (from USD 106)

If you can’t wait to escape the rat race for a romantic getaway with your loved one then this property may well be your cup of tea. This one-bedroom cottage is located on the hills north-east of the city and boasts fine views of the tree-lined slopes and sea. It also comes with a large-roofed deck area in which to soak up the vista while enjoying the open air and listening to the calls of the birds and other local wildlife. Despite its countryside setting, it is still just a 10-minute drive outside of Nelson’s downtown area, perfect for the short hop to enjoy the city’s varied cultural attractions, shops and restaurant options. The property also comes with plenty of amenities, including a hot tub, air conditioning, TV and internet access.

A magical, private and intimate couple’s hideaway
64 reviews  Wifi Available
cottage 3 Guests 1 Bedroom 1 Bathroom

Accommodates: 3
Minimum Nights: 2
Refund Policy : 100% refund if you cancel at least 14 days before check-in.

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Fern Cottage is cozy and modern with stunning views of the bay
The chalet is fully equipped with everything that you might need for a comfortable stay and was exceptionally clean
Really cute cottage very comfortable and with a lovely view of the water
which in our view is unrealistic
Has all the essentials tea and coffee etc and The Four square down the road
It was very clean and fresh and everything you need is there
Great location with lovely facilities
Love love love the outdoors bath :D
Great spaces with fern cottage to spread out and enjoy Loved the friendly morning visits from the sheep as well as the plentiful native birds Didn't want to leave Fantastic communications from B...
Beryl was a great host
The welcome committee of sheep was also an added bonus
So peaceful and quiet with lots of native birds
A great property in a beautiful location
The property is located up a gravel track and is in a very quiet location
Loved the location and property
Many interesting and scenic places to visit near-by
This is a great location and a dear little cottage
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7. Restored three-bedroom bungalow for six

This fully restored bungalow may prove appealing to those who like a little touch of luxury in their stay. Interior decor includes everything from leather sofas next to a cosy log-burning fire to classy green, white and wood clad kitchen in which to prepare dinner. Capable of sleeping up to six people between its three bedrooms, it would suit families and small groups. Amenities include a wide-screen satellite TV, wi-fi internet access and laundry facilities. It is also close to a popular community park for taking the little ones to, and if you’d prefer to save the cooking for when you’re back home, the property is also not far from local take-out options. The downtown area, with restaurants and shops, is also within walking distance, although there is also a bus stop outside the house should you prefer to save your feet.

Luxury Historic Bungalow (Fully Restored)
160 St Vincent Street
33 reviews
House 3 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

8. Lovely apartment with sea views

Boasting sea views and located just a short walk from the beach, this two-bedroom apartment would suit couples or small families who simply cannot wait to hit the sands. Situated within the Stepneyville area, it is also convenient to access the waterfront restaurants, although the apartment’s fully equipped kitchen also opens up options for those who wish to prepare their own food, possibly for a romantic night in. The apartment also boasts an outdoor deck area on which to enjoy the coastal view and, despite being attached to the main house, guests remarked that the apartment was still nice and private. The property also comes with its own parking, which should make getting to and from the door easy.

Fifeshire Apartment with Sea-Views
52 Fifeshire Crescent
Apartment 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom

9. Stylish and spacious hill-top home

Boasting wonderful word-of-mouth among past guests, this impressively stylish hill-top house enjoys beautiful views of the sea from its lofty vantage point. Its roomy interior houses no fewer than four bedrooms, providing sleeping space for up to eight people. This makes the property suitable for families or groups of friends seeking a memorable base from which to explore this corner of New Zealand. Numerous rooms enjoy fantastic views of the coast, and there are outdoor balconies and decking areas which make the most of the vista. The property is also close to the beach and its array of eateries, while the very heart of Nelson lies just 2 km (1.3 miles) away. Mod-cons include a full kitchen, air conditioning, laundry facilities and TV. The property is also pet-friendly.

Sea Views Holiday House
84 Queens Rd Stepneyville
House 5 Bedrooms 2 Bathrooms

10. Three-bedroom house set on the hillside

A property that is likely to appeal to families, this three-bedroom hillside home can sleep up to six people. Speaking of the hillside, the spacious outside sun decks will make for a great vantage spot in which to unwind and enjoy the view or simply socialise with loved ones in the sun. Indeed, past guests were big fans of the view. What’s more, it is conveniently placed just eight minutes away from the central business district on foot, so you won’t have to walk far to enjoy local shops and eateries. And those looking to venture to the beach will find it just half-an-hour away on foot. The spacious property’s amenities include unlimited wi-fi internet for staying connected on the go, TV, kitchen facilities and a large-screen TV with Netflix access.

Hillside Holiday Home
39 reviews
House 3 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom
Top guest reviews
Amenities & Room:
Kate has done everything to make it feel like home
We enjoyed the comfortable master bed furniture and artworksNice to have good internet and music
It had everything we needed - comfortable beds places to sit in the sun and out of it
The drive is steep but excellent parking and turn around at the top
Close to town nice view across the valley
Really clean and tidy and well presented
Great location had everything you need and was very clean and tidy Clear instructions on how to use everything in the house Would certainly stay here again
Kate was very quick to respond and a great hostess
warm sunny and great road trips around
Kate was very friendly and accomdated our questions and needs b when she was able
The property was spectacular extremely well cared for superb location
Hosts were very accomidating and very organized
Karen and I enjoyed our stay and really liked the location
The house and location were excellent
Warm cosy walking distance to town and a great sound system which we loved
Spacious clean and tranquil yet located within a short walk of the towns amenities
A great place from which to visit Nelson
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So many great choices

From rural idylls offering tremendous hillside views of the ocean, to centrally located options that put you close to the heart of the city, there’s a Bookabach holiday home to suit your needs in Nelson. Will you opt for one of these options or plump for one of the other great choices that are just waiting to be discovered?

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