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Bay Vista Waterfront Motel Picton

12 BEST Motels in Picton 🏘️ [2024]

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Where to Find the Best 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 cheap 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.

While you’re here, don’t miss our 15 Best Things to Do in Picton, as well as alternative accommodations in our 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Picton.

1. Harbour View Motel – Cheap Central Motel in Picton

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 the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Picton.

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2. Bay Vista Waterfront Motel Picton – Upscale Motel on the Picton Waterfront

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. For more stays for discerning travellers, check out the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Picton.

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3. Broadway Motel – Motel in Picton Town Centre

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. Check out more hotel-style stays in the 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Picton.

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4. Jasmine Court Motel – Picton Motel with Spa Baths

The Jasmine Court Motel is a fine choice and rated 4.5-stars by Qualmark. The motel offers something for budget travellers with basic kitchenette facilities and an ensuite. However, there are 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 (a romantic option, perhaps? Check out the 10 Most Romantic Accommodations in Picton for alternatives). 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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5. High Street Living Motel – Centrally Located Motel in Picton

“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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6. Aldan Lodge – Pet-Friendly Motel in Picton

Aldan Lodge provides motel-style accommodation in central Picton. The cheap 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, note that others need to catch up. Either way, Aldan Lodge provides a great value stay in Picton. Plus, guests get free WiFi, free parking and access to a car wash station.

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7. Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel – The Nearest Motel to the Picton Ferry

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. For more excellent self-catering stays, take a look at the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Picton.

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8. Beachside Sunnyvale Motel – Waterfront Motel in Waikawa Bay

Just 5 km (3 miles) from Picton, Beachside Sunnyvale Motel offers a comfortable stay in Waikawa Bay. It’s the place to stay if you have a boat to plonk in the Marlborough Sounds or simply want to experience the coast with the motel being just metres away from a sandy beach. The no-frills accommodation offers three room types, all of which sleep up to four guests making this an easy option for families and groups. And yes, unlimited free WiFI is available.

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9. AAA Marlin Motel – Classic Motel on the Edge of Town

In a sunny garden setting a short walk from town, AAA Marlin Motel offers motel accommodation with a homely ambience in Picton. Some rooms even have an electric fireplace! It’s not your most up-to-date motel in Picton, but there’s certainly something for everyone with 11 room types available. Additional facilities include children’s playground equipment, laundry facilities, bike lockup, free WiFi and, erm, DVD players.

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10. Smiths Farm Holiday Park – Countryside Holiday Park with Motel Units

It’s always worth having a look at some of the holiday park accommodations in Picton too, which 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 to motel units with a kitchenette and a bathroom.

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11. Parklands Marina Holiday Park – Family-Friendly Holiday Park with Motel Units

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 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. This is a particularly good option for those travelling with kids thanks to the adventure playground, while a popular place for a family gathering is around the barbecue area. See the 12 Best Family Accommodations in Picton for more motels like this.

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12. Tasman Holiday Parks Picton – Alternative Motel Accommodation in Picton

Finally, if you’re looking for upscale motel units in Picton, don’t rule out 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.

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[CLOSED] 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.

More About Motels in Picton

That’s it for our list of the best motels 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.


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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