HOSTS: Janine and Peter Dowding

Welcome to Ambleside Bed & Breakfast Nelson, New Zealand

- home to the beautiful Abel Tasman National Park

We, at Ambleside Luxury Bed and Breakfast endeavour to provide you, the discerning traveller, a wonderful, memorable, truly "Kiwi", Nelson, New Zealand, accommodation experience. We understand "value for money" is very important to you, so we endeavour to do our very best to ensure this is exactly what you will receive.

​"What can we say! You can't improve on perfection... Kiwi hospitality at its very, very best" Pam & Geoff - Rochester, UK - October 2013

​Centrally located off State Highway 6 in Nelson, NZ, Ambleside Bed and Breakfast is a beautifully restored character villa with purpose-built, single storey guest facilities built on, in keeping with the character, at the rear of the property. The B&B features a quiet and peaceful guest accommodation set in a beautiful, peaceful and sunny garden and offers four luxuriously appointed bedroom suites - all with own en suite bathrooms, a separate guest lounge and separate guest entrance. FREE FAST WIRELESS INTERNET ACCESSED EVERYWHERE ON THE PROPERTY...

OPENING HOURS: 7.30AM - 10.30AM AND 4.00PM - 10.30PM

CHECK-IN: Preferably after 4.00pm (although flexible for aiport arrivals)

Tariffs & Availability

TARIFFS: (incl. GST)​ Peak/Summer - NZ$160.00 - NZ$250.00 per night.
Special rates for shoulder and winter seasons as well as group bookings and multi-night stays.

Click above to check your required dates.


Guest & Hosted hospitality includes:

Four spacious guest rooms - all with own ensuite bathrooms.

King, Superking - with disabled facilities, Queen and twin king single beds.

Breakfast - gourmet cooked and continental (click for menu) served when and where you choose.

GLUTEN-FREE and dairy-free breakfasts and baked goodies.

Complimentary refreshments including home baking, nibbles and local wine and port.
Tea/Coffee making facilities in the guest lounge.

Separate Guest Lounge with Freeview TV/DVD, free WIFI wireless broadband internet, extensive brochure display, maps, guide books, music, books and games.

Easy access with secure off-street parking.

Private guest entrance.

Spa Pool and beach equipment.

Laundry facilities available.

A few minutes drive to the city centre; restaurants; Tahunanui - our safe swimming beach; Nelson Golf Course; airport and a 45 minute drive to the must-see/do Abel Tasman National Park.

World famous and must-see/do World of Wearable Art and Classic Car Exhibition Centre.

This Nelson bed and breakfast accommodation is an oasis of hospitality, relaxation and calm, where your hosts, Peter and Janine, provide you with quality accommodation and "good old fashioned kiwi hospitality" and according to our guests "five star service!"

Ambleside B&B is where you will enjoy the privacy of the guest lounge, relaxing in the sunny courtyard, or maybe enjoy a relaxing soak in the secluded spa pool in the garden. The ambient stream at the bottom of the garden will surprise you with its wildlife, the baby ducklings,"kaura" scuttling under the rocks, a visiting shag fishing for breakfast and other wild-life native to New Zealand.

​Meet new friends over a delicious gourmet breakfast, enjoy a wonderful afternoon tea with yummy  gluten-free baking and local wineor fine port in the evening. We try to provide every home comfort and we will always look for ways to make your experience more memorable. You will leave feeling cared for.


Feel at home straight from arrival

Pete and Janine know how to make guests feel at home straight from arrival. Thanks for another great stay at Ambleside.

Paul and Janet, the Netherlands, January 2017

An awesome B&B

An awesome B&B, really a luxury one. Thank you for your warm hospitality.

Bernd, Miriam and Marion, Germany, January 2017

Beautiful moments

Thanks a lot for the beautiful moments with you, your breakfasts are awesome!

Camille and Quentin, France, January 2017

A place to enjoy

A place to enjoy and remember very dearly.

Fulco and Yolanda, Amsterdam, December 2016

What a breakfast spread

Well appointed and cosy home with accommodating hosts. What a breakfast spread!

Antonia and Dee, USA, December 2016

Gorgeous place

Thank you for the amazing hospitality and wonderful service. A gorgeous place.

Burgess family

” generous, gracious…there aren’t enough adjectives to describe the overflowing of hospitality you will receive at Ambleside B&B.”

Krissie and Mark, Miami USA

We spent 3 fantastic nights at Ambleside, and would highly recommend it. Easily the best b&b we have stayed at in NZ.

The B&B itself is comfortable and well set up, but it is the service and hospitality from the hosts, Pete and Janine, that make the stay so memorable and enjoyable.

Ed and Yindi, UK

Great location, just a quick drive in to the city and easy access to the many sight seeing adventures that await you!
Secondly, Pete and Janine were fabulous hosts….We will definitely be staying at Ambleside again on our return next year!

Sarah and Allen, Adelaide Australia

Peter and Janine were fantastic hosts. We were warmly received and made to feel very comfortable from the moment we arrived. Peter has an extensive knowledge of the local area and is the go-to-guy for advice on where to go and what to see. The real jewel in the crown are the breakfasts

Rick and Connie, Australia

We thoroughly enjoyed our three nights in Nelson at this lovely B&B. Pete made the yummiest breakfasts of all the places we stayed at during our four weeks on the South Island.

Ron and Brenda, Texas USA

“…the highlight of my trip was being enveloped by your hospitality for four days… as soon as Kees sent me off the first night with his bike helmet light I relaxed knowing my adoptive family would be waiting up for my safe return. Then when Robyn found and booked my bus trip to the Marlborough wine country, I knew I was in Paradise (having my tee shirts ironed didn’t hurt either!! I will never be able to express my complete gratitude, satisfaction, and appreciation to the both of you for making a once in a life time trip so memorable.”

Hunt Collins - San Francisco, USA

“A wonderful stay, very comfortable and extraordinary. Breakfasts were out of this world! Both Kees and Robyn made us so welcome and did everything possible to make our stay a great experience. Thank you.”

Bob & Pat King - Canada

“Thank you for the warm welcome, the lovely room and delicious breakfasts!! Could have done with a week here!”

Oliver & Stephanie Whitehead - UK

“Thank you for a wonderful 4 night stay – best yet! Sorry to go, everything perfect!”

Barry & Kate Gale - UK

“Superb accommodation! Beautiful home and garden. Unbelievable breakfast! Wish we could stay longer.”

Sherrill & Ross MacBride - Canada

“Best hospitality and breakfasts in NZ! Our stay felt like a refreshing stop at home to rejuvenate during our travels. Thanks for the special “honeymoon” treatment and all the lovely extras!”

Brad & Abby Kube

“Great hosts, beautiful bedrooms and a fabulous breakfast that could feed an army! Feeding the eels was very interesting too.”

Kevin & Kerry Hurley - NZ

“Absolutely first class in every way. A very warm welcome and a very comfortable stay.”

Fred & Val Taylor - UK

“Best B&B in New Zealand!”

Ann & Rod Martin - UK

“See what you mean about 6-star service! Shame our visit had to be so short.”

Bob & Liz Burlumis - Bahrain/UK

“Many thanks for all your kindness, help and attention to detail. Your hospitality could not be surpassed.”

Cambell & Sheila Coutts - UK

“You set the bar very high. Thank you for making our 1st bed & breakfast experience an amazing one! Enjoyed our conversations, your kindness, tips and great food.”

Wayne & Marilyn Johannson - USA

“The very best B&B we’ve ever stayed in! We feel like we could be good friends. Thanks for all the many things you did for us.”

Bob & Lucy - USA

“Thank you so much. We have had a wonderful stay in your lovely home. Your hospitality is outstanding.”

Chris & Anne Leese - Australia

“Thank you so much for making us feel incredibly spoilt. You are both the lovliest couple.”

Sheryl & Pamela - NZ/Australia

“Hate to leave. Outstanding!”

Hunt Collins - USA

“What a shame we could only stay one night. We got such a nice welcome, slept fantastic and had a lovely breakfast. Thank you.”

Gisela & Mike O'Neill - Germany

“Ambleside, Robyn & Kees are exceptional, the accommodation is so comfortable, the breakfasts are second to none, not forgetting the wine and nibbles. We have had a great couple of days and don’t want to leave. Each day our trip keeps getting better, we don’t think anything else can top this stay.”

John & Marion Needham - England

“Thank you so much Robyn & Kees for a delightful stay. You are definitely the masters of “6 star” service. We are so grateful for your NZ hospitality!”

Brian & Debbie Berg - Canada

“Thank you so much for a wonderful stay. Your B&B is 5 stars in our book!!”

Jon & Kelly Felton - USA

“A beautiful home and fantastic hosts, really go the extra mile.”

Jane Dempsey - NZ

“Thank you so much for a wonderful stay in Nelson. Your hospitality is terrific – the breakfast brilliant. Thank you for everything.”

Laurie & Bronwyn Scott - NZ

“A fantastic stay with great hospitality & delicious breakfasts. Nelson has many attractions & Ambleside B&B is at the top of them”

Liz & Lance May - Australia

“I don’t know if the hospitality could be any better than what I experienced here. In three words: wonderful, wonderful, WONDERFUL!”

Robert Stalker - Canada

“Best B&B – better service than any 5,6 star hotel ever stayed. Would recommend it to anyone as the best in Nelson and probably NZ!”

Heather & Garry - Australia

“Many other B&Bs could learn a thing or two from the truly exceptional standard given here. You certainly know how to treat people – and many thanks for the delicious savoury pancakes you spontaneously cooked up for us the other evening when we returned home late, half starved!!”

Fiona & Richard - England

“Gorgeous home, beautiful hosts. 6 stars achieved! Our honeymoon stay was fantastic and the best in NZ!

Francis & Sue Frame - Australia

“The hospitality is 2nd to none! Lovely people and lovely place. Thank you very much.”

Reagen & Andrea - NZ

“…a short note to let you know how much we appreciated Ambleside, and how we now understand even more just how much you spoiled us for our NZ holiday and just how good your B&B really is. We have now seen most standards and prices, and price and standard are not always synonymous. From the moment we arrived at Ambleside we knew we had struck gold with the most delightful accommodation and welcoming hosts. Only after a further 4 weeks enjoying the high standards of accommodation throughout the South Island in all styles and types of holiday accommodation were we able to really understand just how good Kees and Robyn are. Ambleside sets standards that others must strive to achieve, a jewel in the crown. Thank you both for a fantastic stay, we will be back.”

David & Kay Ewing - England

“The nicest B&B we have ever stayed in! Everything so beautifully done.”

Philip & Ethne Rhodes-Robinson - NZ

“Susie and I had a wonderful time. You have a lovely house, eclectic garden and great ambience. Together with your unstinting attention to detail, your absolute commitment to ensuring we were happy and having a good time ranks you in our eyes as the best! We have travelled the world, stayed in fine establishments but we can honestly say we have not been better looked after. The really special thing was – it was genuine. It was a lovely experience and we really appreciate it. We would be honoured to recommend you.”

Susie (Dr) & Vince - Christchurch NZ

“We loved New Zealand and we loved everything about Ambleside B&B! Wonderful hospitality, everything was just perfect! We booked for 1 night and stayed for 3 – still not long enough.”

Phil & Pat, Warkworth, England

“We are so glad that we found this treasure. Magnificent breakfasts and afternoon teas! What a warm and welcoming couple Robyn and Kees are…”

Anne & John, Waverley, Australia

“Such a special treat! We loved your B&B – wonderful retreat. The breakfast was outstanding…”

Dick & Jane, Winchester, USA

“What can we say! You can’t improve on perfection.. we can’t thank you enough for your help regarding our change of plans via Haast Pass. We will never forget you. Kiwi hospitality at its very, very best.”

Pam & Geoff, Rochester, UK