Bay Vista Waterfront Motel Picton
Bay Vista Waterfront Motel Picton

10 Best Motels in Picton

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Motel Accommodation in Picton

Looking for a comfortable motel in Picton? We’ve got just the list for you with our top recommendations for motels in Picton! From budget motels to motels with large kitchens to motels with spa baths, it’s all available in the gateway town to the South Island. Whether you’re looking for a quick place to stay for the night in the centre of Picton or a scenic holiday retreat, there’s something to suit. So take a look at this list of motel accommodation in Picton.

Plus, find alternative accommodation in our 10 Best Hotels in Picton and 7 Best Backpacker Hostels in Picton.

1. Harbour View Motel

The affordable suites, convenient location and modern rooms are why many choose the Harbour View Motel as their motel in Picton. 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 and contemporarily-furnished. While not all rooms have kitchen facilities, you will have your own bathroom, free WiFi, communal laundry, on-site parking and possibly a balcony with wonderful harbour views. See more motels like this in 10 Best Budget Accommodation in Picton.

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Harbour View Motel Picton© Harbour View Motel Picton

2. Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel

Another popular motel with a central location and up-to-date furnishings is the Picton 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 self-contained units or studios. Even your entry-level budget studio has a kitchenette, while an attractive grassy barbecue area in the centre of the motel is also available for preparing food. While some rooms suffer from the lack of natural light, they are helped by the fresh and clean decor making the Gateway Motel a pleasant place to relax after a ferry trip or a day exploring Picton. What’s more, this motel has an excellent range of rooms for families. See 10 Best Family Accommodation in Picton for more motels like this.

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Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel© Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel

3. Aldan Lodge

Aldan Lodge provides motel-style accommodation in central Picton. 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. Drawcards to the motel include the split-level family units, private barbecue areas and some rooms being luxuriously-appointed with a spa bath. While some of the suites are modernly decorated, others need to catch up. Either way, Aldan Lodge provides a great value stay in Picton. Plus, guests get free WiFi, free parking and a free car wash station.

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Aldan Lodge© Aldan Lodge

4. High Street Living Motel

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

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High Street Living Motel© High Street Living Motel

5. Smiths Farm Holiday Park

It’s always worth having a look at some of the holiday park accommodation in Picton too, which some also include motel units. Smiths Farm Holiday Park, in particular, provides an alternative country setting outside of Picton. Get a real country experience in this holiday park with pet animals, walking trails, glowworms, a waterfall and unbelievable views of the night’s sky. The holiday park offers ultra-cheap cabins and motel units with a kitchenette and a bathroom, however, bedding needs to be hired or you need to bring your own. Alternatively, there are other motel rooms and a cottage that have all of the bedding provided and larger areas to relax, full kitchenettes and a shower room.

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Smiths Farm Holiday Park© Smiths Farm Holiday Park

6. Parklands Marina Holiday Park

An alternative holiday park in the peaceful Waikawa Bay, Parklands Marina Holiday Park offers budget cabins and self-contained units ideal for those seeking motel accommodation in Picton. While the one-bedroom units are your cheapest option, only some have a kitchen and bedding is not included but available for hire. The “self-contained units” all have a kitchen and bedding provided.

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Parklands Marina Holiday Park© Parklands Marina Holiday Park

7. Jasmine Court Motel

Back to more motels to consider, the Jasmine Court Motel is a fine choice and rated 4.5-stars from Qualmark. The motel offers something for budget travellers with basic kitchenette facilities and an ensuite. However, there’s plenty of opportunities to upgrade, perhaps to the Executive King Studio with more space and a multi-jet shower, or to one of the “Spa Studios” complete with a spa bath. Families will also find ample space here with multi-room apartments available, a full kitchen and an ensuite with or without a spa bath. What’s more, the motel offers electric vehicle charging, free WiFi and a free shuttle service to nearby attractions.

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 Jasmine Court Motel© Jasmine Court Motel

8. Broadway Motel

The Broadway Motel provides a motel/hotel hybrid stay with services like breakfast delivery and many rooms with basic kitchenette facilities where a hotplate is available from the office. The motel strives to have something for everyone, including families, couples, business travellers and even honeymooners in their Honeymoon Suite. Rooms are affordable, semi-contemporary and feature free WiFi, five Sky TV channels and air-conditioning.

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Broadway Motel© Broadway Motel

9. 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 in an apartment-style 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.

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Bay Vista Waterfront Motel Picton© Bay Vista Waterfront Motel Picton

10. Linkwater Motel & Backpackers

Last but certainly not least, Linkwater Motel & Backpackers has a collection of well-appointed self-contained rooms, as well as “flashpacker” rooms with communal kitchen and bathroom facilities. Choose from the queen and twin studios with a kitchenette or sleep your tribe in the Two-Bedroom Family Unit for up to five people. Some of the best features about this motel are its communal facilities, such as an outdoor pool, barbecue area and hammocks to lounge in the cherry orchard. Note that this accommodation is in a peaceful location 21km (13 miles) from Picton and 16km (10 miles) from Havelock.

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Linkwater Motel & Backpackers© Linkwater Motel & 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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