Parklands Marina Holiday Park
Parklands Marina Holiday Park

10 Best Family Accommodation in Picton

© Parklands Marina Holiday Park

Kid-friendly Accommodation in Picton

All great New Zealand road trips bring you to Picton, the gateway to the South Island. However, it’s well worth sticking around with some amazing water and wildlife activities to experience in the Marlborough Sounds. With that in mind, families are going to need to find some family-friendly lodging for your stay in the bay. In this list of the best family accommodation in Picton, we go through budget family rooms, hotel rooms, self-catering motel rooms, hostels, holiday parks and more!

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

1. Admirals Lodge B&B

For small families on a budget, a popular option is Admirals Lodge B&B in Picton town centre. The budget lodge features 10 rooms, one of which is a queen room with a sofa bed and a triple room. Both of these family options have ensuite bathrooms, a TV to keep the little ones entertained, and a fridge. A free continental breakfast is served daily in the communal dining room. While the decor is nothing flash, the price doesn’t give you too much room to complain.

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Admirals Lodge B&B© Admirals Lodge B&B

2. Harbour View Motel

Forget drab motel rooms. Harbour View Motel is your modern family accommodation offering in Picton, boasting superbly-appointed rooms, many of which come with a balcony. Situated on the harbourfront, the motel has an ultra-convenient location close to eateries, the ferry terminal and where many of the Marlborough Sounds activities depart. As for your accommodation, families will find the cheapest stay in the Seaview Twin Studio with two queen beds, while more space can be found in the two-bedroom apartment sleeping up to six people. Both options have kitchen facilities, free WiFi and Sky TV. See more like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Picton.

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Harbour View Motel Picton© Harbour View Motel Picton

3. Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel

Another motel worth considering for a family stay in Picton is the Picton Gateway Motel. Located on High Street, the motel is in the centre of it all, yet have your own space for family time in one of the contemporary-style units or apartments. Even your entry-level Studio Queen Unit sleeping three has kitchenette facilities, while you might also want to have dinner in the large grassy barbecue area at the centre of the motel. Family Units and the Two Bedroom Units increase your space and allow mum and dad to have their private room, while the Two Bedroom Deluxe Apartment gives the little ones a separate bedroom too. While not all of the rooms exactly bask in natural light, the decor is fresh and clean, making it a pleasant place to relax after a ferry trip or exciting excursion in the Marlborough Sounds.

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Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel© Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel

4. Tombstone Backpackers

While families sometimes shy away from backpacker accommodation, the hostel offering in Picton is particularly great for families on a budget. One of the top choices in the Tombstone Backpackers, boasting well-appointed private triple and quad rooms with an ensuite bathroom. 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 at breakfast, free of charge! See more recommendations like this in 7 Best Backpacker Hostels in Picton.

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Tombstone Backpackers© Tombstone Backpackers

5. Smiths Farm Holiday Park

Ah yes, you can always rely on a holiday park for an entertaining family holiday. In Picton, you have plenty of great options, including Smiths Farm Holiday Park. Set away from the town, yet still a 30-minute drive to the ferry terminals, Smiths Farm Holiday Park provides a real country experience with pet animals, family-friendly walking trails, glowworms, a waterfall and unbelievable views of the stars. As well as tent and campervan sites, the holiday park offers basic cabins and motel units with a kitchenette and a bathroom, where bedding needs to be hired or bring your own. Additionally, the motel rooms and the cottage have all of the bedding provided and larger areas to relax, make food and shower.

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Smiths Farm Holiday Park© Smiths Farm Holiday Park

6. High Street Living Motel

“High Street Living” means you have one of the most central locations in Picton, where you can enjoy views of the town from the motel’s communal deck. The budget motel offers 10 units, four studios and six two-bedroom units with the two-bedroom apartment being the best option for families sleeping up to five people. All rooms have very basic kitchenette facilities, but at least guests can enjoy discounted family meals at the motel’s partner restaurant across the road. Each unit has its own designated parking space for easy parking, while a town car can also be hired for your stay.

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High Street Living Motel© High Street Living Motel

7. Luxury Seaview Waterfront Apartments

For something special, yet providing the home-away-from-home conveniences of self-catering facilities, choose the Luxury Seaview Waterfront Apartments. The apartment houses even some of the largest families, with three-bedroom apartments sleeping up to six people 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 views. Guests also enjoy the convenience of secure parking, free WiFi and Sky TV. See more accommodation like this in our 5 Best Luxury Accommodation in Picton.

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Luxury Seaview Waterfront Apartments© Luxury Seaview Waterfront Apartments

8. Parklands Marina Holiday Park

This peaceful holiday park set in Waikawa Bay offers tent and powered sites for campervans, as well as budget cabins and self-contained units ideal for families on a budget. The one-bedroom units sleep up to four people. However, only some have a kitchen and bedding is not included but available for hire. Alternatively, you can upgrade to the self-contained units, which all have a kitchen and bedding provided. During your stay, kids have the joy of the adventure playground, while a popular place for a family gathering is around the barbecue area.

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Parklands Marina Holiday Park© Parklands Marina Holiday Park

9. Picton Yacht Club Hotel

If you’re seeking the luxury of a hotel, then set your sights on the four-star Picton Yacht Club. The hotel overlooking the Picton Marina offers contemporary and relaxed family rooms. The Budget Family Room with a double bed and two single beds is your value option, while the Superior Twin Room has a private balcony and a little more space. Do one step further by indulging in either the Penthouse Apartment with three separate bedrooms and a full kitchen. Wherever you decide to unwind after a day of exploring Picton and the Marlborough Sounds, you’ll still have access to the hotel’s large outdoor pool and relaxed dining at The Chartroom Restaurant.

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Picton Yacht Club Hotel© Picton Yacht Club Hotel

10. Lochmara Lodge

Located in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, Lochmara Lodge not only provides family accommodation but an experience. Although you will need to take water transport to get there from Picton, of which the lodge provides their own, it’s worth it once you get there with the lodge’s natural playground of forest trails, flying fox, kayaks, a restaurant and underwater observatory. The family unit makes an affordable stay in the Marlborough Sounds, sleeping five people across two rooms with a kitchenette and shower room. Alternatively, get more space in the chalets. You’ll need to get in quick as it books up fast, but note that the lodge is closed in winter.

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Lochmara Lodge© Lochmara Lodge


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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