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4.5 out of 5

"Awesome stay. Nice large room, very comfortable and quiet. Great facilities and a short walk to town. Would like some more options on the room service ... " More

By a verified traveller on Mon 04 Jan 2021

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Hotel Description

A luxury stay in Nelson awaits you at Rutherford Hotel Nelson. Within steps you'll find Christ Church Cathedral and Nelson Provincial Museum within a short 5-minute stroll. Highlights at this hotel include a restaurant, an outdoor swimming pool, and a bar/lounge.

You can enjoy flat-screen TVs with cable channels, and all 113 rooms feature free WiFi, free wired Internet, and coffee/tea makers. In-room dining is easy with amenities like refrigerators and round-the-clock room service. Nice touches include bathrobes and free toiletries. Additionally, hair dryers, irons/ironing boards, and desks are available.

The restaurant, Oceano, serves seafood and is open for breakfast and dinner. Port O Call Bar is the hotel's own bar. Additionally, you'll find free WiFi in public areas, a fitness center, and a 24-hour business center. Each morning full breakfast is served between 7:00 AM and 10 AM. There's also the convenience of valet parking.

Sights within a 10-minute walk of this 4-star Nelson City Centre hotel include Nelson Market and Montgomery Square.

Premium Double or Twin Room

Bed Count 1 Full Bed Maximum Occupancy 3 Max
NZ$159* Per night/room 5 Feb. - 6 Feb.

Rutherford Hotel Nelson ratings based on 161 Verified Reviews

Review Summary
4.5 out of 5 4.5 out of 5.0
Room cleanliness 4.5 out of 5.0
Service & staff 4.0 out of 5.0
Room comfort 4.0 out of 5.0
Hotel condition 4.0 out of 5.0

Guest reviews for Rutherford Hotel Nelson

Everyone (72) Couples (57) Business (1) Family (30)
5 out of 5
Awesome stay. Nice large room, very comfortable and quiet. Great facilities and a short walk to town. Would like some more options on the room service menu. Friendly staff.

Posted by on 4 Jan. 2021

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4 out of 5
Location was excellent and the room was very tidy Bed was old and mattress was quite worn, sagged

Posted by , from Auckland on 29 Nov. 2020

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5 out of 5

Posted by on 23 Nov. 2020

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3 out of 5

Posted by on 25 Oct. 2020

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5 out of 5
We were given a beautiful room on the top floor, the view was amazing. The bed was really comfy also. The staff were very accommodating and kind. We really enjoyed our stay at the Rutherford.

Posted by , from Hamilton Nz on 2 Oct. 2020

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5 out of 5

Posted by on 24 Sep. 2020

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4 out of 5

Posted by on 2 Jun. 2020

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4 out of 5
Great location. Excellent staff, especially at reception. So very helpful and friendly. The hotel needs a make over . Our room was looking pretty tired . The pool wasn't too inviting , had bugs and leaves present.

Posted by on 23 Feb. 2020

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4 out of 5

Posted by on 27 Dec. 2019

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2 out of 5
The room service food was inedible, on check in they forgot to ask for my credit card so called my room a number of times to ask me to go back to reception and give it to them Then they called at 9.30 at night to say they spoke to the chef re the food and would credit half the meal back as it was my fault I didn’t like it dos I asked for it not too spicy

Posted by on 12 Dec. 2019

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About the Rutherford Hotel Nelson

Location Trafalgar Square, Nelson, 7010

Property Features

Rutherford Hotel Nelson offers its guests an outdoor pool and a fitness center. There's a restaurant on site, as well as a coffee shop/café. You can enjoy a drink at the bar/lounge. WiFi and wired Internet are free in public spaces. There's an onsite 24-hour business center. The luxury Rutherford Hotel Nelson also features tour/ticket assistance, concierge services, and laundry facilities. For a fee, parking is available. Smoking is allowed in designated areas at this 4-star Nelson hotel.

  • 113 guestrooms or units
  • Dining venue
  • Bar or lounge
  • Coffee shop
  • Business center (24 hours)
  • Breakfast available (surcharge)
  • Self-service laundry
  • Front desk (24 hours)
  • Storage area for luggage
  • Front-desk safe
  • Tour and ticket information
  • Concierge
  • Elevator
  • Smoking in designated areas

Family Friendly Amenities

  • Family property
  • Outdoor pool
  • Free WiFi
  • Laundry facilities
  • Refrigerator
  • Free cribs/infant beds


Available in all rooms: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet

Available in some public areas: Free WiFi , Free wired Internet


Self parking (surcharge) , Valet parking (surcharge)


  • Airport: Nelson (NSN) (7.4 km / 4.6 mi)
  • Parking: Valet parking and self parking available for a surcharge

Room Amenities

Rutherford Hotel Nelson offers 113 accommodations with coffee/tea makers and bathrobes. 42-inch flat-screen televisions come with cable channels. Bathrooms include shower/tub combinations, complimentary toiletries, and hair dryers. This Nelson hotel provides complimentary wired and wireless Internet access. Housekeeping is provided daily.

  • In-room dining (24 hours)
  • Flat-screen television
  • Cable channels
  • Refrigerator
  • Coffee maker
  • Shower and tub combination
  • Cribs (free)
  • Housekeeping (daily)
  • Hair dryer
  • Bathrobes
  • Toiletries (free)
  • Iron and ironing board
  • Desk
  • Ensuite bathroom
  • Connecting rooms available

Food & Drink

For a fee, guests can enjoy full breakfast daily from 7:00 AM to 10 AM.

Oceano - This restaurant specializes in seafood and serves breakfast and dinner.

Atom Cafe - This café serves breakfast and lunch. Open select days.

Port O Call Bar - Onsite bar. Open daily.

24-hour room service is available.

Nearby Activities

Recreational amenities at the hotel include an outdoor pool and a fitness center.

Hotel Policies


  • Check-in time starts at 2:00 PM
  • Minimum check-in age is: 18
  • Check-in time ends at midnight

Special check-in instructions:

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.

Front desk staff will greet guests on arrival.


  • Check-out by 10:00 AM

Payment types

Children and extra beds

  • Children are welcome.
  • Kids stay free! One child 14 years old or younger stays free when using existing bedding.
  • Rollaway/extra beds are not available.
  • Free cribs (infant beds)!

Pet Policy

  • No pets allowed, but service animals are welcome


Charges for extra guests may apply and vary according to property policy.

A cash deposit, credit card, or debit card for incidental charges and government-issued photo identification may be required upon check-in.

Special requests are subject to availability at the time of check-in. Special requests can't be guaranteed and may incur additional charges.

This property accepts credit cards. Cash is not accepted. This property advises that enhanced cleaning and guest safety measures are currently in place. Disinfectant is used to clean the property. Guests are provided with hand sanitizer. Contactless check-out is available.

  • No rollaway/extra beds available
  • Service animals are allowed
  • Service animals are exempt from fees/restrictions
  • One child stays free
  • Debit cards not accepted
  • Staffed front desk
  • Property is cleaned with disinfectant
  • Staff do not wear personal protective equipment
  • Protective clothing is not available for guests
  • No shield between guests and staff in main contact areas
  • Guests are provided with free hand sanitiser
  • Social distancing measures are not in place
  • Contactless check-in is not available
  • Property confirms they are implementing enhanced cleaning measures
  • Individually wrapped food options are not available
  • No gap period between guests' stays
  • Property confirms they are implementing guest safety measures
  • Contactless check-out is available


Optional extras

The fees and deposits listed below will be charged at the time of service, check-in, or check-out.

  • Fee for full breakfast: NZD 29.50 per person (approximately)
  • Self parking fee: NZD 5.00 per night
  • Valet parking fee: NZD 5.00 per night

This may not be a comprehensive list. Fees and deposits are subject to change and might not include tax.

Hotel Names

  • Rutherford Hotel Heritage Hotel
  • Rutherford Hotel Nelson Heritage Hotel
  • Rutherford Nelson
  • Rutherford Nelson Heritage
  • Rutherford Hotel Nelson
  • Rutherford Hotel
  • Nelson Rutherford Hotel
  • Rutherford Hotel Nelson Hotel
  • Rutherford Hotel Nelson Nelson
  • Rutherford Hotel Nelson Hotel Nelson

You should know

  • One child 14 years old or younger stays free in the same room as the parent or guardian when using existing bedding.
  • Connecting/adjoining rooms are subject to availability and can be requested by contacting the property at the number on your booking confirmation.

National Rating

This Hotel property is rated 4 stars.

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*Price based on the lowest price found within past 24 hours and based upon one night stay for two adults over the next thirty days. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.