© Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel

10 Best Hotels in Picton

© Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel

Where to Stay in Picton

Picton is not just a gateway to the South Island. It’s the hub of the gorgeous Marlborough Sounds, a great base for Marlborough wine tours and a harbour town steeped in history. With so many reasons to stick around for a while, we’ve put this list of the best hotels in Picton together so you can start planning a place to stay. From hotels on the shores of the Queen Charlotte Sound to central boutique hotels, there are plenty of options for most types of traveller in Picton.

Alternatively, find more accommodation in the 10 Best Motels in Picton and 7 Best Backpacker Hostels in Picton.

1. Picton Yacht Club Hotel

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

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Picton Yacht Club Hotel© Picton Yacht Club Hotel

2. Beachcomber Inn

Picton’s alternative town centre hotel option is the Beachcomber Inn. The hotel offers 35 rooms, including apartments and ensuites. Couples or a couple of friends have a choice of rooms with a shower, spa bath or jet bath, most of which offer excellent views of the harbour. For families, the two-bedroom apartment ensures everyone gets their own space, as well as space to relax in the lounge and balcony. Amenities at the resort include on-site parking, an outdoor swimming pool and a restaurant & bar. A continental breakfast is available for delivery to your room.

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Beachcomber Inn© Beachcomber Inn

3. The Portage

The Portage, based on the spectacular Marlborough Sounds, might be a bit of a journey from Picton but that’s the whole point. After a scenic trip by boat or by road, you’ll stay in one of the airy rooms with timber interiors and sea views with options for couples, friendship groups and families. Enjoy fresh and contemporary cuisine with a glass of Marlborough wine at The Portage Restaurant & Bar, as well as casual drinks and food at The Snapper Bar & Eatery or the Cafe & Lounge Bar. Other ways to enjoy your time here are by the pool, hiking the Queen Charlotte Track, and disconnecting from the rest of the world as the hotel rooms do not have WiFi or a TV. See more recommendations like this in 10 Best Accommodation in Picton for Foodies.

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The Portage© The Portage

4. Bay of Many Coves

Escape to one of the most prestigious resorts on the Marlborough Sounds, the Bay of Many Coves. This luxury boutique resort is immersed in a pristine native forest, offering suites and one, two and three-bedroom apartments. While each accommodation offers something different, some features you may encounter include private decks, spa pools, a complimentary minibar, contemporary furnishings and nature as far as the eye can see. The resort offers a wealth of things to keep you busy, or not so busy, from day spas to paddleboarding on the vibrant waters, 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. See more options like this in 6 Best Luxury Accommodation in Picton.

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Bay of Many Coves© Bay of Many Coves

5. Escape to Picton Boutique Hotel

This popular dining venue on Picton’s waterfront just happens to hide three luxurious suites upstairs. Each suite is unique with exquisite handmade furniture, including The Formal Suite boasting romantic and traditional decor, while The Modern Suite is sleek and sophisticated. Whatever room couples decide to indulge in, your stay will include a gourmet breakfast, as well as a complimentary glass of Champagne and a fruit platter on arrival. See more recommendations like this in 5 Best Romantic Accommodation in Picton.

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Escape to Picton Boutique Hotel© Escape to Picton Boutique Hotel

6. Harbour View Motel

While we might have exhausted the list of hotels in Picton, there are still some well-appointed hotel-style motels to take advantage of. The Harbour View Motel presents modern budget accommodation on the harbourfront. There’s a room for most traveller groups, from couples in the Budget Studios up to families in the Seaview Two-Bedroom Apartments, all of which are well-priced. While not all rooms have kitchen facilities, you will have your own bathroom, free WiFi, communal laundry, on-site parking and possibly a balcony. See more hotels and motels like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Picton.

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Harbour View Motel Picton© Harbour View Motel Picton

7. Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel

Another 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 units or studios. Even your entry-level budget studio has a kitchenette, while you might also want to make use of the attractive grassy barbecue area in the centre of the motel. While most rooms need to be helped by artificial lighting, the decor is fresh and clean making it a pleasant place to relax after a ferry trip or excursion in the Marlborough Sounds. What’s more, this motel is a convenient choice for families. See 10 Best Family Accommodation in Picton for more recommendations like this.

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Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel© Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel

8. Aldan Lodge

Aldan Lodge provides private motel-style accommodation in a central location. The budget motel offers a few different options for couples and families/groups, from the basic Petite Studio to the Two-Bedroom Spa Suite for up to six guests. The split-level family units, private barbecue area and some rooms with a spa bath are all drawcards for the motel. Some of the suites are modernly decorated, while others need to catch up. Either way, they provide a great value stay in Picton. What’s more, guests get free WiFi, free parking and a free car wash station.

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Aldan Lodge© Aldan Lodge

9. High Street Living Motel

High Street Living means you have one of the most central locations in Picton, where you can enjoy town views of from the motel’s communal deck. This budget motel offers 10 units, four studios and six two-bedroom units including accessible units to suit the elderly and disabled. All rooms have very basic kitchenette facilities, but guests get a discount from the motel’s partner restaurant across the road.

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High Street Living Motel© High Street Living Motel

10. Lochmara Lodge

One last accommodation in the stunning Marlborough Sounds, Lochmara Lodge not only provides affordable accommodation but an experience. After a scenic boat trip to the lodge, which Lochmara provides, you’ll have time to explore the lodges network of trails, have a go on the flying fox, hire kayaks, dine at the restaurant and check out the underwater observatory. There is a range of units available, including twin rooms, double rooms and larger chalets ideal for families. 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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