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Where to Find Self-Contained Accommodations and Stays with Cooking Facilities in Picton

Prepare local ingredients, take control of your diet and save some dough on food along the way by staying in one of the self-catering accommodations in Picton! In this list, we’ve compiled the best accommodations that are self-contained and/or have access to kitchen facilities.

While you’re here, you might also be interested in the 10 Amazing Things to Do in Picton and The Complete Travel Guide to Picton.

1. Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel

One of the best motels in Picton for self-catering, the Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel offers a range of self-contained units with cooking facilities. Located on High Street, this motel puts you in the centre of it all, yet you have your own space in one of the contemporary-style units or studios. Even your entry-level budget studio has a kitchenette, while you might also want to use the large grassy barbecue area in the centre. While not all the rooms bask in natural light, the decor is fresh and clean making it a pleasant place to relax after a ferry trip or excursion in the Marlborough Sounds.

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Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel© Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel

2. Seaview Apartment

For travellers seeking privacy and a special home-away-from-home experience, Seaview Apartment might just speak to you. Located five minutes drive from the ferry terminal yet feels miles away from anywhere, Seaview Apartment provides a tranquil retreat and a private space for couples and groups of four. The apartment boasts a spacious lounge, a full kitchen with a bar, a stylishly designed bathroom and comfortable bedrooms. You can make the most of the harbour views from the conservatory leading onto a patio with a barbecue.

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Seaview Apartment© Seaview Apartment

3. Picton Waterview Apartments

Providing the home-away-from-home experience with unbeatable views, choose the Picton Waterfront Apartments. Even the largest groups will find something to suit in one of their many contemporary self-contained apartments scattered across the Picton waterfront, with three-bedroom apartments sleeping up to six guests and a couple of holiday homes sleeping eight and 10 guests. The modern and stylish apartments are set in the heart of Picton with large balconies offering spectacular harbour and water views. You’ll also have the convenience of secure parking, free WiFi and Sky TV. For more stays for discerning travellers, check out the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Picton.

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Luxury Seaview Waterfront Apartments© Luxury Seaview Waterfront Apartments

4. Tombstone Backpackers

For travellers on a tight budget, you might want to consider one of the fabulous hostels in town with communal kitchens to prepare your own meals. One of the top choices in the Tombstone Backpackers, boasting well-appointed dorm rooms, private twin and queen rooms, triple and quad rooms with ensuites, and queen rooms with ensuites. What’s more, a self-contained apartment is available for those seeking more space with a private kitchen and bathroom. Whatever room you choose to stay in, don’t miss the freshly-baked scones for breakfast, free of charge! See more hostels like this in the 5 Best Backpacker Hostels in Picton.

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Tombstone Backpackers© Tombstone Backpackers

5. Bay Vista Waterfront Motel Picton

You’ll struggle to find something closer to the water’s edge than the units and apartments of the Bay Vista Waterfront Motel. All of their units have a glorious waterfront location and are set up like an apartment with one or two bedrooms. They come complete with a fully equipped kitchen, private patio, Sky TV and on-site parking. Continental breakfasts can be arranged if ordered the night before, and a courtesy shuttle is available to and from the ferry terminals. The motel also offers holiday apartments for larger groups, which are off-site in various locations around Picton. Check out alternative motel stays, most of which come with self-catering facilities, in the 12 BEST Motels in Picton.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Picton© Bay Vista Waterfront Motel

5. Boathouse Apartments

With the design factor that can’t help but “wow”, the Boathouse Apartments is certainly a worthy choice for discerning travellers who also seek self-catering facilities. The nautical boathouse theme is done tastefully throughout, from the architecture to the works of art on display. It’s all the more fitting knowing that your way into town from these one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments is along the shores of the Picton Marina. While there’s free on-site parking available, your hosts can arrange a complimentary ferry transfer if needed.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Picton© Boathouse Apartments

6. Tasman Holiday Parks Picton

Whether you’re looking for private kitchen facilities or a communal kitchen where you can save money on accommodation, it’s worth considering Tasman Holiday Parks Picton. Aside from making a splash in the outdoor pool, hiring some bikes and go-karts, booking a session in the spa pool and picking up an espresso coffee, you can relax in one of the modern self-contained units available. Should you want to make more of a saving, there are basic cabins where you can make use of shared facilities like a fully equipped communal kitchen, bathrooms, laundry and more. Thanks to its range of child-friendly facilities, we also list this holiday park in the 12 Best Family Accommodations in Picton.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Picton© Picton TOP 10 Holiday Park

7. Palmira Lodge

An affordable retreat in Waikawa, Palmira Lodge offers an endearing stay just 5 km (3 miles) from Picton. Stay in one of the ensuite guest rooms with characterful decor and access to a wealth of shared facilities for your convenience and enjoyment. The lodge features an outdoor pool and spa pool, direct access to an undercover balcony or patio ideal for watching the sunset, and a shared fully equipped kitchen to prepare your own meals. Palmira Lodge also makes getting there easy with ferry and train transfers available. Thanks to its couple-centric rooms, we also list this one in the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Picton.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Picton© Palmira Lodge

8. Unique Luxury Apartment & Private Spa Pool & Gym

Another idyllic self-catering holiday home/apartment in Picton, the “Unique Luxury Apartment & Private Spa Pool & Gym” is perched on a hillside overlooking the Picton Marina. The two-bedroom holiday home is modernly renovated with lavish places to relax, most notably a deck with a swimming pool and spa pool. You’ll also have all the mod-cons, including a TV with streaming services, high-speed WiFi and even complimentary transportation to and from the ferry terminal, train station or water taxi.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Picton© Unique Luxury Apartment & Private Spa Pool & Gym

9. Parklands Marina Holiday Park

An alternative holiday park in the peaceful Waikawa Bay, Parklands Marina Holiday Park offers budget cabins with access to a communal kitchen and self-contained units ideal for those seeking an affordable place to stay near Picton. While the one-bedroom units are your cheapest option, only some have a kitchen. Alternatively, you can upgrade to the self-contained units, which all have a kitchen and bathroom provided. See alternative cheap stays in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Picton.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Picton© Parklands Marina Holiday Park

10. Piwaka Lodge & Backpackers

Five minutes from the ferry terminal, train and water taxis, as well as sitting directly opposite a supermarket, Piwaka Lodge & Backpackers offers a convenient stay for all travellers – including families, pets, wheelchair users and more. Whether you’re staying in one of the three to five-bed dorm rooms, private rooms with king-sized beds or family rooms, you’ll be treated to a continental breakfast in the homely kitchen and dining area each morning. Of course, you’re free to make your own meals in the communal kitchen, while you can also relax at the hostel’s two comfortable lounges or outdoor seating area with a barbecue.

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10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Picton© Piwaka Lodge & Backpackers

More About Self-Catering Accommodations in Picton

That’s it for our list of the best self-catering accommodations in Picton, but it’s by no means the end of our advice! Check out these articles to make the most of your stay in Picton:

Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Complete Travel Guide to Picton.


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About The Author

Robin C.

This article has been reviewed and approved by Robin, who is the co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. With more than 15 years of experience in the New Zealand tourism industry, Robin has co-founded three influential tourism businesses and five additional travel guides for South Pacific nations. He is an expert in New Zealand travel and has tested over 600 activities and 300+ accommodations across the country.

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