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Members

It’s not just the timbers that makes The Boathouse historically significant,

it’s the people that tread these boards

The modern day Boathouse owes it’s sustainability to ‘A few good blokes in the pub’. A true testament to Kiwi community spirit. Built in 1906 the Nelson Rowing Club used the building as a boating club, dance hall and the Iron Duke Sea Scout hall up until 1986. The building was in disrepair and in need of considerable financial input and perhaps a little love. A bevy of friends banded together and formed The Iron Duke Boat Club Society, later changing the name to The Boathouse Society.

Ever thought about joining?

Currently member numbers stand at over 240. This includes founding members, families, couples and all walks of life from the Nelson community and abroad. The Boathouse sustains itself as a part time cafe, function venue, live music venue, performance space, community hall and clubhouse.

Membership boasts many benefits….

  • Key access to the building

  • Members only Sunday

  • Weekly entry to live music

  • Cafe and bar discounts

  • Use of the boats and paddle boards

  • Hire Discounts and benefits

The objectives of The Boathouse Society are to:

  • Provide recreational and social facilities for members

  • Restore The Boathouse

  • Involve children in activities

  • Provide for the storage of small craft

  • Provide a centre for theatre, music, dance and arts

  • Encourage recreational use of Nelson Harbour

  • Promote the conservation of the harbour

The Boathouse offers an unrivalled opportunity for families and individuals to invest in Nelson’s historic waterfront and take full advantage of the recreational attributes of the Nelson Haven. Our chair person, Annie Henry, invites you to inquire with management for more information  on becoming a member of The Boathouse.

An Invitation to Join The Boathouse

Please use this form to request more information or to apply to join The Boathouse as a shareholding member.

To purchase a shareholding membership as an individual, couple or family, or for more information on membership, please  fill in the form below and deposit the current share value of NZ$3,000 (GST not applicable) to The Boathouse Society, SBS Bank Nelson, 031355 0604377 00. Or alternatively request an invoice in the additional information box. 

Please use your surname as a reference.

Your share certificate will be forwarded to you on approval by the Management Committee of the Society.

We will invoice you for your annual subscription of $200 plus GST or pro rata.

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Members have access to two moorings: The Northern pink and white mooring is a two tonne block. The Southern white mooring is four tonne mooring.  The Boathouse invites non-members to make contact before making use of these. 

The Boathouse Society Ltd was incorporated in May 1987 under the Industrial and Provident Societies Act, 1908. This Act provides a legal structure for its members to own The Boathouse.