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Information about us and Nelson

Nelson 'The Cut' - Harbour Entrance

About Your Hosts

Johnny is a born and bred Nelsonian and he imported Woodi from the UK around 25 years ago. They met in Paros, Greece in 1986 when Johnny was skippering charter yachts and Woodi was a regular summer visitor to the island.

They purchased Wakefield Quay House in 1990 and spent many years restoring and updating the 1905 heritage villa. They opened the house as a B&B in 1999 and they have a huge amount of fun with their guests – many of whom seem to return from one year to the next.

Johnny qualified as a deep sea skipper as a young lad and has enjoyed the nautical life ever since, he is a qualified nautical tutor and examiner and now teaches Royal Yachting Association sailing courses. Woodi has been involved in the Nelson art and wine scene over the years and knows everyone - she loves to be the hostess with the mostess and can guide you around the region’s artists and wineries. Peter and Pasty, two rescued tabby cats, also live the life of Riley at Wakefied Quay.

Fancy Going Sailing With Sail Nelson?

New Zealand RYA School Of The Year 2011

Johnny & Woodi are the proud owners of Sail Nelson and their yacht Manaia – a New Zealand designed Farr 1020 keeler. Manaia is 34ft, fully surveyed and available to our guests when she is in port. Skipper Johnny can take you out for anything from a sunset sail around the harbour with a few drinks, to joining a five day RYA accredited sailing course based around Tasman Bay and the stunning Abel Tasman National Park. If you think you might just feel like an evening sail - we’ll check availability and the weather forecast. I mean, who really wants to sail in the rain?

Harbour sailing rates start at $100 per hour and yacht charter day rates are by negotiation. For more info on the serious sailing stuff take a look at or get in touch with us.

"Experience and guiding way beyond my expectations." Don, Canada
"Worth my whole trip to NZ from the States." Emily, USA

Entrance Hall - Wakefield Quay House B&B Fireplace - Wakefield Quay House Accommodation Dining Area
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Directions to Wakefield Quay House, 385 Wakefield Quay, State Highway 6, Nelson
We are very easy to find… 3 minutes drive or 25 minutes walk between Nelson City centre and Tahunanui Beach.

GPS: 41° 16.13' South   173° 15.84' East or click here for Google Maps.

If you are coming from Blenheim or Picton you are already on State Highway 6 with the ocean on your right. As you reach Nelson City keep on SH6 going towards Richmond. You will go along Haven Road which then becomes Wakefield Quay and you will see the ocean on your right again, with The Boat Shed Café over the water. Keep going for about 200 metres and Wakefield Quay House is on your left at number 385. Our sign is white and is directly opposite the harbour entrance and Haulashore Island – pull in and park next to the sign – you’ve made it!

If you are coming from the West Coast and the Nelson Lakes, stay on State Highway 6 and follow the sign to 'City Centre via Tahunanui' (which is via the waterfront). After about 3kms go straight across at the traffic light intersection (still on SH6) and you will suddenly see the beach and the sea. After another 2kms you will see Haulashore Island on your left and you will go past a right turn uphill into Richardson Street – this is the first right turn you will see. 385 Wakefield Quay is 200 metres past the Richardson Street turn off on the right. You will know if you have missed us if you pass The Boat Shed Café which is 300 metres past us – go to the next roundabout and turn around!

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Click here to see our daily view from a webcam up the road at the Harbour Light Bistro, hopefully you will spot a big ship!

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Wakefield Quay House 385 Wakefield Quay Port Hills Nelson New Zealand
Phone +64 3 546 7275 Mobile 027 265 7547 Email
Find us on Google Maps Find us on Facebook GPS: S 41° 16.13'     E 173° 15.84'