Romantic Stays and Honeymoon Accommodations in Picton
The sunny side of the South Island makes the ideal setting for a romantic getaway. With the glorious scenery of Queen Charlotte Sound on one side and an array of vineyards and wineries on the other, Picton could well be argued as one of the South Island’s most romantic places. It’s an essential addition to the New Zealand honeymoon itinerary and helps its case with a delightful selection of couple-centric accommodations. We go through some of the top picks, from luxurious boutique hotels to irresistible bed and breakfasts in this list of the best romantic accommodations in Picton.
1. Escape to Picton Boutique Hotel
Hidden upstairs of a popular dining establishment on Picton’s waterfront are three luxurious suites. Escape to Picton Boutique Hotel offers three utterly charming and romantic suites, each with its own unique and exquisite handmade furniture. Choose a room to fit your style: “The Formal Suite” boasts elegance in its traditional decor, while “The Modern Suite” is sleek and sophisticated. Whatever room you decide to indulge in, you’ll receive a complimentary glass of Champagne and a fruit platter on arrival and wake up to a gourmet breakfast. If hotels are your style, then be sure to also check out the 20 Best Hotels & Places to Stay in Picton.
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2. Palmira Lodge
An affordable retreat in Waikawa, the next village from Picton, Palmira Lodge offers an endearing option for couples. Stay in one of the ensuite guest rooms, where you’ll either totally love or totally hate the characterful decor. With an outdoor pool and spa pool to unwind in, direct access to an undercover balcony or patio to watch the sunset, and only a two-minute walk to the beach, we’re hardly complaining. Palmira Lodge also makes getting there easy with ferry and train transfers available.
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3. Seaview Apartment
Some couples don’t want all the frills, they just want privacy and a special home-away-from-home experience. If this speaks to you, then consider the holiday home apartment, the Seaview Apartment. Located five minutes drive from the ferry terminal yet feels miles away from the hustle and bustle, Seaview Apartment provides a tranquil retreat and a private space for couples. The apartment with a spacious lounge, kitchen with a bar, stylishly-designed bathroom and comfortable bedroom has all you need for a quiet night in. You can make the most of the harbour views whatever the weather from the conservatory leading onto a patio with a barbecue. For more accommodations with private kitchens, head to the 10 Best Self-Catering Accommodations in Picton.
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4. Kippilaw House
For a real foodie experience for couples, set your sights on Kippilaw House. The bed and breakfast offers a complimentary “deluxe gourmet breakfast” with the optional extra of a four-course a la carte dinner. The breakfast is an impeccably-presented three-course event with an ever-changing menu to complement seasonal produce. As for accommodation, you have a choice of two beautifully-appointed rooms, the “Bowden Room” and the “Picton View Suite”, set in a Victorian villa. The villa radiates historical charm yet boasts modern features like solar-powered underfloor and water heating. See more recommendations like this in the 10 Best Luxury Accommodations in Picton.
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5. Sennen House Boutique Accommodation
Speaking of historical charm, an alternative option in Picton for couples is Sennen House Boutique Accommodation. Indulge in timeless elegance and Victorian charm at one of Picton’s finest historical villas. Built in 1886, this two-storey colonial villa features two self-contained apartments for ultimate privacy. You know you’ve arrived somewhere special when you wind down the paths of the beautifully manicured gardens beneath a protected native forest alive with birdsong. Yet, this luxury villa is a mere kilometre from Picton town centre along with its eateries. You won’t have to worry about breakfast, however, as a generous array of provisions is provided.
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6. The Gables B&B
An upscale B&B experience, The Gables B&B offers an endearing stay in Picton. There are three ensuite guest rooms at this quaint accommodation, as well as a self-contained cottage that’s also pet-friendly. Breakfast is an event here where you’ll be served a healthy continental breakfast each morning and/or you can go all out the speciality scrambled eggs with feta and smoked salmon.
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7. Harbour View Motel
Swap dusty and drab motel rooms for the stylish and contemporary Harbour View Motel. While the budget accommodation in Picton offers a range of rooms for couples, it’s the suites with a balcony that makes the Harbour View Motel a romantic choice. Enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sunset across the harbour, as well as the ultra-convenient location close to Picton’s eateries, the ferry terminal and where many activities depart. What’s more, many of the suites have kitchen facilities and free WiFi and come at an affordable price. See more like this in the 10 Best Budget Accommodations in Picton and the 10 Best Motels in Picton.
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8. Punga Cove Resort
You can hardly beat the location of this little piece of paradise in the Queen Charlotte Sound. After a water taxi ride from Picton, you could be lapping up the views, paddling using the free kayaks and enjoying Kiwi cuisine at one of the two on-site restaurants of the Punga Cove Resort. An indulgent stay along the Queen Charlotte Track, this resort offers the ultimate place to unwind in one of its studios and chalets nestled in the bush-clad hillside. There are plenty of ways to enjoy your stay here between the outdoor pool, mountain bikes to hire, spa pools and wine tours available to pick you up from the resort’s jetty.
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9. Tawa Cove Cabins
An alternative Marlborough Sounds retreat for couples, Tawa Cove Cabins consists of a small selection of self-contained cabins nestled in bush by the waterside. Each is nice and private, allowing you to enjoy an independent stay at the Endeavour Inlet, accessible by water taxi from Picton. Breakfast provisions are provided in your cabin, while there’s also the option to buy barbecue packs if you don’t want to bring your own supplies from town.
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10. A Sea View B&B
Finally, you don’t have to go too far off the beaten track to experience glorious views near Picton. A Sea View B&B is tucked away on the road between Picton and Waikawa, boasting an enviable position on the coastal hills of the Queen Charlotte Sound. There are many places to enjoy a romantic sunset drink together between the hidden gazebo seating area down a garden pathway or the deck just outside your room. Guests are also welcome to use the complimentary bicycles and kayaks to further explore the area.
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More About Romantic Accommodations in Picton
That’s it for our list of the most romantic accommodations 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:
- 8 Romantic Activities in Picton for Couples
- 15 Best Things to Do in Picton
- The Food Guide to Picton: Places to Eat & Food Tours
Finally, if there’s anything we’ve missed, you’re likely to find it in The Romantic Getaway & Honeymoon Guide to Picton.