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10 Best Accommodation in Picton for Foodies

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Hotels with Restaurants and/or Self-catering Accommodation in Picton

Marlborough is a place foodies want to be. The region is New Zealand’s largest wine-making region and produces some of New Zealand’s specialities, such as salmon and greenshell mussels. Sample how the locals prepare these ingredients by staying in one of the hotels or resorts with a restaurant. Even the B&Bs get in on the action offering gourmet foodie experiences. Alternatively, prepare local ingredients yourself by staying in one of the self-catering accommodations in Picton. Either way, we list the best accommodation in Picton for foodies.

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

1. The Portage

Dining in paradise: that’s a huge part of The Portage experience. The hotel based in the spectacular Marlborough Sounds might be miles away from the eateries of Picton but it boasts three eateries of its own. Enjoy fresh and contemporary cuisine with a glass of Marlborough wine from The Portage Restaurant & Bar, enjoy classics that the locals love like fish & chips at The Snapper Bar & Eatery, or try light eats and pre-dinner drinks at the Cafe & Lounge Bar. As for accommodation, The Portage offers airy rooms with timber interiors and sea views with options for couples, groups and families. Get to The Portage by boat from Picton or by road.

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The Portage© The Portage

2. Seaview Apartment

For foodies 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 families of four. The apartment boasts a spacious lounge, a full kitchen with a bar, stylishly-designed bathroom and a comfortable bedroom. 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. Kippilaw House

Picton has quite a few luxury bed and breakfast offerings, one of which is Kippilaw House. The B&B offers a complimentary deluxe gourmet breakfast made by a New Zealand food judge and experienced caterer. The breakfast is an impeccably-presented three-course event with an ever-changing menu to complement seasonal produce. A fine dining la carte dinner is also an option, as well as a cooking class. As for accommodation, it’s the ideal retreat for couples with the choice of two beautifully-appointed rooms, the Bowden Room and the Picton View Suite. The Victorian villa evokes historical charm yet boasts modern features like solar-powered underfloor and water heating. All in all, its a fabulous choice for those wanting to celebrate a special occasion. See more like this in 5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Picton.

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Kippilaw House© Kippilaw House

4. Harbour View Motel

Harbour View Motel is your modern budget accommodation offering in Picton, boasting well-appointed rooms, but most importantly, self-catering facilities. Situated on the harbourfront, the Harbour View Motel has an ultra-convenient location close to Picton’s eateries, the ferry terminal and where many activities depart. As for your accommodation, there’s room for most traveller groups from couples in the Budget Studios up to families in the Seaview Two-Bedroom Apartments, all of which are extremely well-priced. Note that not all rooms have kitchen facilities, but you will have your own bathroom, free WiFi, communal laundry, on-site parking and possibly a balcony. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Picton.

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Harbour View Motel Picton© Harbour View Motel Picton

5. Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel

Another self-catering motel worth considering in Picton is the Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel. Located on High Street, the Gateway 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 make use of the large grassy barbecue area in the centre. While not all of 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

6. Picton Yacht Club Hotel

The four-star Picton Yacht Club Hotel is an excellent choice of hotel in Picton with a restaurant. The hotel set on the waterfront of the Picton Marina offers contemporary rooms for couples, families, business travellers and small groups. While there are entry-level rooms available, there’s the option to treat yourself and indulge in the Penthouse Apartment with three separate bedrooms and a full kitchen. But whichever room you decide to stay, you’ll still have access to the hotel’s large outdoor pool and relaxed dining room at The Chartroom Restaurant.

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Picton Yacht Club Hotel© Picton Yacht Club Hotel

7. Escape to Picton Boutique Hotel

This popular dining venue on Picton’s waterfront hides three luxurious suites upstairs for couples. Each suite is unique with exquisite handmade furniture. The Formal Suite boasts romantic and traditional decor, while The Modern Suite is sleek and sophisticated. Whatever room you decide to indulge in, your stay includes an exquisite gourmet breakfast, as well as a complimentary glass of Champagne and a fruit platter on arrival. See more like this in our 6 Best Luxury Accommodation in Picton.

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Escape to Picton Boutique Hotel© Escape to Picton Boutique Hotel

8. Luxury Seaview Waterfront Apartments

For a homely stay in a stylishly-appointed apartment with unbeatable views, choose the Luxury Seaview Waterfront Apartments. Even the largest groups will find something to suit here, with three-bedroom apartments sleeping up to six people and two holiday homes sleeping eight and 10 guests. The modern apartments are set in the heart of Picton with large balconies offering spectacular harbour views. Not only will you have your own spacious kitchen, but you’ll be a short walk away from Picton’s restaurants. The apartments also have the convenience of secure parking, free WiFi and Sky TV.

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Luxury Seaview Waterfront Apartments© Luxury Seaview Waterfront Apartments

9. Bay of Many Coves

Get ready for one of the most prestigious resorts in the Marlborough Sounds. The Bay of Many Coves is immersed in a pristine native forest, providing luxury suites and one, two and three-bedroom apartments. While all the accommodation is different, some features you may encounter include private decks, spa pools, a complimentary minibar, contemporary furnishings and nature all around. The resort might offer a wealth of things to keep you busy, or not so busy, from day spas to paddleboards, but foodies will also love the range of eateries available. Treat yourself to fine dining on The Foredeck or a casual affair on the jetty at the Bight Cafe where locals and yachties meet. Finally, The Kumatage Guest Lounge is exclusively for guests where chefs are on hand to make a gourmet breakfast, brunch or a long lunch as you take in the views.

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Bay of Many Coves© Bay of Many Coves

10. Tombstone Backpackers

For foodies on a tight budget, you might want to consider one of the fabulous hostels in town. 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, 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, don’t miss the freshly-baked scones for breakfast, free of charge! See more hostels like this in 7 Best Backpacker Hostels in Picton.

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Tombstone Backpackers© Tombstone Backpackers


Laura S.

This article was reviewed and published by Laura, editor in chief and co-founder of NZ Pocket Guide. Since arriving solo in New Zealand over 10 years ago and with a background in journalism, her mission has been to show the world how easy (and awesome) it is to travel New Zealand. She knows Aotearoa inside-out and loves sharing tips on how best to experience New Zealand’s must-dos and hidden gems. Laura is also editor of several other South Pacific travel guides and is the co-host of NZ Pocket Guide’s live New Zealand travel Q&As on YouTube.

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