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Rutherford Hotel Nelson

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Premium Double or Twin Room | Desk, iron/ironing board, free cots/infant beds, free WiFi
Daily full breakfast (NZD 29.50 per person)

Overview of Rutherford Hotel Nelson

Rutherford Hotel Nelson

4.0 star property
4-star hotel in Nelson City Centre with outdoor pool and restaurant
8.6 out of 10 Fabulous
8.6/10 Fabulous

425 verified guest reviews

Property highlights

  • Pool
  • Parking available
  • Free WiFi
  • Restaurant
  • Connecting rooms available
  • Air conditioning
The price is AU$189
Price available on 3/6/2023
Trafalgar Square, Nelson, 7010
Main amenities
  • Daily housekeeping
  • Restaurants and bar/lounge
  • Outdoor pool
  • Breakfast available
  • Fitness centre
  • Sauna
  • Valet parking
  • Self parking
  • 24-hour room service
  • Coffee shop/cafe
  • 24-hour business centre
  • Business centre
For families
  • Children stay free
  • Free cots/infant beds
  • Fridge
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available
  • Private bathroom
  • Television

Room options

About this area

What's nearby

  • In Nelson City Centre

Getting around

  • Nelson (NSN) - 13 min drive


  • Broccoli Row - 6 min walk
  • McDonald's - 3 min walk
  • Robert Harris Cafe - 6 min walk
  • Subway - 7 min walk
  • Lambretta's Cafe Bar - 5 min walk

About this property

Rutherford Hotel Nelson

A great choice for a stay in Nelson, Rutherford Hotel Nelson is only 4.6 mi (7.4 km) from the airport. Guests can indulge in massages and enjoy seafood at Oceano, which is open for breakfast and dinner. Other features of this upmarket hotel include an outdoor pool, a bar/lounge and a fitness centre. Fellow travellers say good things about the helpful staff and location.


Afrikaans, Chinese (Mandarin), Dutch, English, Filipino, German, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Japanese

Cleaning and safety practices

Enhanced cleanliness measures

Disinfectant is used to clean the property
High-touch surfaces are cleaned and disinfected
Sheets and towels are washed at 60°C or hotter
Follows the industry cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC)

Social distancing

Contactless check-out
Cashless transactions are available for all charges at the property
Contactless room service is available.

Safety measures

Masks are required at the property
Hand sanitiser provided
At check-in, guests must provide a record of full COVID-19 vaccination
This information is provided by our partners.

At a glance

Hotel size

  • 113 rooms


  • Check-in time from 2:00 PM until midnight
  • Late check-in subject to availability
  • Minimum check-in age – 18
  • Check-out time is 10:00 AM

Restrictions related to your trip

  • Check COVID-19 restrictions
  • At check-in, guests must provide a record of full COVID-19 vaccination

Special check-in instructions

  • Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival
  • At check-in, guests must provide a record of full COVID-19 vaccination

Required at check-in

  • Credit card, debit card or cash deposit required for incidental charges
  • Government-issued photo ID may be required
  • Minimum check-in age is 18


  • One child (14 years old and younger) stays free when occupying the parent or guardian's room using existing bedding


  • Pets not allowed
  • Service animals welcome


  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in public areas
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet access in rooms


  • On-site self-parking (NZD 5.00 per night)
  • On-site valet parking (NZD 5.00 per night)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking on site

Other information

  • Designated smoking areas

Property amenities

Food and drink

  • Full breakfast (surcharge) each morning 7:00 AM–10 AM
  • Restaurant
  • Bar/lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • 24-hour room service

Travelling with children

  • Children stay for free (see details)

What to do

  • Winery tours nearby

Working away

  • 24-hour business centre
  • Meeting rooms


  • 24-hour front desk
  • Concierge services
  • Tour/ticket assistance
  • Laundry facilities
  • Luggage storage


  • Safe-deposit box at front desk
  • Fitness centre
  • An outdoor pool
  • Sauna
  • Banquet hall


  • Lift
  • Accessible bathroom (selected rooms)
  • In-room accessibility (selected rooms)
  • Roll-in shower (selected rooms)
  • Wheelchair-accessible parking
  • Wheelchair-accessible registration desk

Room amenities

Be entertained

  • 42-inch flat-screen TV
  • Cable TV channels

Home comfort

  • Air conditioning
  • Coffee/tea maker
  • Electric kettle
  • Dressing gowns
  • Iron/ironing board

Sleep well

  • Free cot/infant bed

Freshen up

  • Private bathroom
  • Shower/bath combination
  • Free toiletries
  • Hairdryer

Stay connected

  • Desk
  • Free WiFi and wired Internet

Food and drink

  • Fridge


  • Daily housekeeping
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms available

Special features


Oceano – This restaurant specialises in seafood and serves breakfast and dinner.
Atom Cafe – This café serves breakfast and lunch. Open selected days.
Port O Call Bar – On-site bar. Open daily.

Awards and affiliations

Green/Sustainable Property
This property participates in Qualmark Sustainable Tourism Business Award, a programme that measures the property's impact on one or more of the following: The Environment, the community, the cultural heritage and the local economy.

Fees & policies

Optional extras

  • Full breakfast is offered for an extra charge of approximately NZD 29.50 per person


  • Self-parking costs NZD 5.00 per night
  • Valet parking costs NZD 5.00 per night

Hygiene & cleanliness

This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place.

Disinfectant is used to clean the property; commonly touched surfaces are cleaned with disinfectant between stays; bed sheets and towels are laundered at a temperature of at least 60°C/140°F.

Guests are provided with hand sanitiser; cashless payment methods are available for all transactions; contactless room service is available; masks are required in public areas.

Contactless check-out is available.

At check-in, guests must provide a record of full COVID-19 vaccination.

This property affirms that it adheres to the cleaning and disinfection practices of COVID-19 Guidelines (CDC).


The property has connecting/adjoining rooms. These are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property using the number on the booking confirmation.
This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted.

Also known as

Rutherford Hotel Heritage Hotel
Rutherford Hotel Nelson Heritage Hotel
Rutherford Nelson
Rutherford Nelson Heritage
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Rutherford Hotel
Nelson Rutherford Hotel
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Frequently asked questions

Does Rutherford Hotel Nelson offer free cancellation for a full refund?
Yes, Rutherford Hotel Nelson does have fully refundable room rates available to book on our site. If you’ve booked a fully refundable room rate, this can be cancelled up to a few days before check-in, depending on the property's cancellation policy. Just make sure that you check this property's cancellation policy for the exact terms and conditions.
How much does it cost to stay at Rutherford Hotel Nelson?
As of 31 May 2023, prices found for a 1-night stay for 2 adults at Rutherford Hotel Nelson on 3 June 2023 start from AU$189, including taxes and fees. This price is based on the lowest nightly price found in the last 24 hours for stays in the next 30 days. Prices are subject to change. Choose your dates for more accurate prices.
What are the cleanliness and hygiene measures currently in place at Rutherford Hotel Nelson?
This property confirms that guests must provide documentation related to COVID-19 at check-in. Furthermore, disinfectant is used to clean the property and guests are provided with hand sanitiser. Please note that this information has been provided by our partners.
Is there a pool at Rutherford Hotel Nelson?
Yes, there's an outdoor pool.
Are pets allowed at Rutherford Hotel Nelson?
Sorry, pets aren't allowed, but service animals are welcome.
Is parking offered on site at Rutherford Hotel Nelson?
Yes. Self-parking costs NZD 5.00 per night. Valet parking costs NZD 5.00 per night.
What are the check-in and check-out times at Rutherford Hotel Nelson?
You can check in from 2:00 PM - midnight. Check-out time is 10:00 AM. Contactless check-out is available.
What is there to do at Rutherford Hotel Nelson and nearby?
Rutherford Hotel Nelson has an outdoor pool and a sauna, as well as a fitness centre.
Are there restaurants at or near Rutherford Hotel Nelson?
Yes, Oceano offers seafood.
What's the area around Rutherford Hotel Nelson like?
Rutherford Hotel Nelson is in Nelson City Centre, a short 3-minute walk from Christ Church Cathedral and 6 minutes' walk from Nelson Market. The local area is considered walkable, as well as being good for shopping.







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Property conditions & facilities




10/10 Exceptional

Charles, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Leiv, 1-night trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Very good hotel
Zvi, 3-night family trip
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6/10 Good

Enjoyed front of house staff as pleasant and freat service although seemed under some pressure. Room average clearness and lacking some basic maintenance. Disappointing to see no amenities that are available on the web, but closed cafe and restaurants were why i selected the Rutherford
Lauren, 2-night romance trip
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10/10 Exceptional

Great position in Nelson and quiet at night
David, 1-night family trip
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6/10 Good

Great location but very tired property. Staff not overly friendly abs when we stayed the bars and restaurant didn’t open… but no comma from the staff about it
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8/10 Very good

Lovely friendly staff. Would have liked a mini bar.
Alex, 1-night trip
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8/10 Very good

Great being so close to the city center , spacious rooms, friendly helpful staff
jane, 2-night family trip
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10/10 Exceptional

I understand that staff issues is a problem and was great of the person at check in letting me know of that. Keep up the good work
Nico, 1-night business trip
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8/10 Very good

Had a great stay in. Poor placement of door stop in toilet caused me to stub my toe and split it completely open. Other than that enjoyed my time here
Lexi, 1-night business trip
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