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The Wheelhouse Inn and Captain's Quarters
Ranked #8 of 55 Nelson B&B and Inns
Certificate of Excellence
Maroochydore, Australia
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“One of my favourite places in NZ”
Reviewed 8 July 2014

On a month tour of NZ, we were lucky enough to stay here.
As a couple, we travelled with our toddler and would highly recommend this accommodation.
As the name suggests, the place has a nautical feel.
In the evening, we would enjoy a glass of local wine and watch the sunsets across the Tasman bay, spectacular.
The property was well clean and the facilities more than adequate.

  • Stayed August 2013, travelled with family
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Reviewed 23 June 2014

My husband and I recently stayed in this lovely accommodation for 8 nights, in the Crows Nest holiday home. Everything was better than we thought it would be (and we had high expectations for it to start with!) ... sensational views, peaceful location, warm & stylish accommodation, comfortable bed, good quality linen, plenty of crockery etc. I miss it all already and would love to stay again. Have no hesitation in recommending it.

  • Stayed June 2014, travelled as a couple
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Hobart, Australia
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Reviewed 17 May 2014

We stayed in the Crows Nest and our friends stayed in the Main Deck for two nights and only wish we could have stayed longer. The views over Nelson are amazing. The personnel touches and the very high standards that Ralph, Sally and Kim maintain with the property make staying in these magnificent apartments just heaven. This really is an exceptional property at very reasonable rates.

  • Stayed May 2014, travelled with friends
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Monroe Center, Illinois
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Reviewed 8 March 2014

The view from the Wheelhouse Inn cabin is absolutely spectacular. We only stayed one night unfortunately, but didn't leave early for Abel Tasman as planned just becuase we wanted to enjoy the view a while longer. Ralph provided some fantastic tips for our upcoming days activities which we enjoyed as well. Also enjoyed all of the cabin's amentities (laundry, music, DVD, coffee). Great job making this one of the highlights of our NZ vacation!

  • Stayed March 2014, travelled as a couple
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Wellington, New Zealand
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Reviewed 4 January 2014

We booked Wheelhouse and Charter House Upper Deck for the New Year period, for our party of 8 including 2 children. It wasn't easy to book Wheelhouse Inn for the most sought after period - we had to do this back in March, after I failed to book for the same period 3 years ago even when I inquired in May. So there was certainly high expectation that this would be an awesome stay. Expectation was fully met - the four adults shared Charter House Upper Deck and loved the place. It was spacious, all on one level, and for 2 meals that all 8 of us had there, it was still not crowded. Both houses have everything you would need for a short stay. There were also nice extra touches such as some cookies and chocolate treats.

Wheelhouse is on 3 levels, so while we think it is funky and cool for a couple, with young children it was a little tricky. The stairs are steep. The living room is more suitable for a couple, probably with one child.

Both houses have lovely, probably the best views in Nelson. We loved the location being so close to the beach yet super private and quiet. While it is in fly path, we didn't find airplane noise too much - in fact it provided some entertainment for the kids. The driveway was slightly tricky, but we got used to it.

We stayed here for 6 days, and unfortunately weather hadn't been the best with only 2 days fine and the rest wet. We were so glad that we stayed at Wheelhouse Inn as we at least had a lovely view and nice surroundings when we couldn't go out. The free wifi worked well and was much appreciated.

All in all we enjoyed this lovely place. We've been to Nelson 3 times now and stayed at quite a few places, including the Century Park Motel which was also very good. However I would pick this place for a return visit in a heart beat - if we could book it that is!

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  • Stayed January 2014, travelled with family
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Montreal
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Reviewed 10 December 2013

We stayed 2 nights in the Captain's Quarters and it was amazing! The view was breathtaking. It's really like on the pictures, or maybe even better. All the rooms were very spacious and clean, the bed was comfortable, the kitchen and the accessories were complete, it was awesome. I liked that nautical theme in the decoration (the owners are nuts about boats!). Speaking about the owners, we were met by Ralph who made us feel very welcomed and gave us great advice on which street to take so we don't get stuck at trying to cross a very busy street!

Highly recommended!!

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Lyndhurst
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Reviewed 6 December 2013

Set on the side of quite a steep hill with wonderful views over Nelson Harbour to the Abel Tasman National Park in the distance across the bay. A spacious very well equipped apartment with a separate bedroom designed so that whenever you are not in the bathroom you can enjoy the wonderful views. Very friendly helpful service. I would certainly stay here again and would thoroughly recommend unless you have mobility difficulties. As cities go Nelson is very pleasant.

  • Stayed November 2013, travelled as a couple
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Property: The Wheelhouse Inn and Captain's Quarters
Address: 41 Whitby Road, Nelson 7010, New Zealand
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Region: New Zealand > South Island > Nelson-Tasman Region > Nelson
Amenities:
Free Parking Kitchenette
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Ranked #8 of 55 B&Bs / Inns in Nelson
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): ££
Hotel Class:3.5 star — The Wheelhouse Inn and Captain's Quarters 3.5*
Number of rooms: 5
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Spectacular sea views, private, quiet bush setting. All day sun. Only minutes to Nelson city and the beach. Fully self-contained, fantastic outdoor area or deck with outdoor furniture and bbq. Spacious lounge/dining areas with TV,DVD,CD,stereo,FREE WIFI, washing machine and dryer and off-street parking. Within 1 1/2 hours to Abel Tasman National Park. ... more   less 
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