Separated from Marlborough by a mountain range, the tiny region of Nelson sits at the northern tip of South Island and is fringed by Tasman Bay. Indeed, the historic town of Nelson sits on the edge of the bay. Further mountain ranges on the other sides make it a distinct, self-contained area with its own particular micro-climate. This means it’s well-suited to growing aromatic grapes such as Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewurztraminer. Our pick of the best wine hotels in Nelson range from luxury guesthouses to a great value option in the centre of town. Indeed most of Nelson's wine hotels also enjoy lovely views over Tasman Bay.
The region may be small, but the wine hotels in Nelson offer plenty of variety. But if there's nothing here that ticks all your boxes, you can expand your search and take a look at our pick of wine hotels in Marlborough or our Ultimate guide to the best wine hotels in New Zealand.
Luxury suites and villas set on Nelson's Bronte Peninsula with views across Waimea Estuary. Chic, modern and elegant rooms with private terraces and verandas. With a swimming pool, massage facilities and free use of bikes. Lovely rose gardens. Family owned for generations.
Luxury B&B in 1905 historic villa on Nelson's waterfront with glorious views over Tasman Bay. Two tasteful, elegant and spacious ensuite rooms with antiques and original artworks. Close to Abel Tasman National Park, wineries and within walking distance of restaurants. Great for a weekend break.
19th century mansion turned B&B in the centre of Nelson. Rooms are individually decorated in traditional style. Large tree-filled garden with outdoor seating areas. Within walking distance of cathedral, restaurants and galleries. Close to Abel Tasman National Park for great walks and birdwatching.
Boutique B&B outside Nelson with two large, light and luxurious suites adorned with original art. Hot tub, private wine cellar, private verandas and large garden to relax in. Gourmet breakfast, cooking classes and wine tours available. Close to beaches and great walks in Abel Tasman National Park.