Picton is a picturesque seaside town with a quiet sophistication. You can stroll along the waterfront and enjoy a coffee or Marlborough wine at one of the many cafés overlooking the harbour. Wander along the High Street and into the many shops and art galleries. Wine and art tours, cruises, fishing trips, sea kayaking, walking and mountain biking can all start in Picton.
Picton is located in Queen Charlotte Sound, the largest of the three Sounds that make up the Marlborough Sounds. It is the largest town (with around 5000 residents) in the Marlborough Sounds. Many people are familiar with its location as they pass through, between the North and South Island on the inter-island ferry. However, Picton has more to offer than just a stopover for a cup of coffee before getting on the ferry.
For people about to begin their hike on the Queen Charlotte Track, or an adventure in the Marlborough Sounds, there is a great array of accommodation options to choose from. These range from luxury B&B’s, hotels, motels, holiday parks and camping grounds. We have listed some local Picton links (below) that provide quality accommodation and additional experiences to enhance your stay in the Marlborough Sounds.
We are happy to organize pre and post-trip accommodation for you – just let us know what your preferred options are by checking through the links below.
The Marlborough wineries are only about 25 minutes away by road, and you can easily join a wine tour departing from Picton for the day to visit the wineries.
PICTON RECOMMENDED ACCOMMODATION
Mercure Marlborough Sounds is Picton’s premier hotel with thirty five well-appointed rooms, a top class restaurant, bar, conference room and stunning views over Picton harbour.
Beachcomber Inn The Beachcomber Inn enjoys a sunny cebtral location near the waters edge along the waterfront. The Marlborough Sounds is on our doorstep with over 1500km of sheltered coastline to discover….
Escape to Picton – Escape to Picton offers the discerning traveler luxury accommodation, together with a restaurant and wine bar.
Broadway Motel, in the heart of Picton, offers the latest in quality accommodation in our region.
Gateway Motel is located on the High Street, Picton, a 5 minute walk from our office
Jasmine Court – Travellers Inn Quality Accommodation – a 5 star motel complex
Harbour View Motel offers unique accommodation in the heart of Picton, with stunning views of the harbour and marina.
Bay Vista Waterfront Motel nestles beside the shoreline of Waikawa Bay, four kilometres northeast from the town centre of Picton.
Tourist Court Motel is centrally located in the High Street of Picton.
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Sennen House – Experience the gracious ambience of Picton’s finest colonial villa.
McCormick House- Enjoy luxury bed & breakfast in Picton (Marlborough Sounds).
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Marineland Heritage House Bed & Breakfast offers classic and convenient accommodation in Picton.
The Gables, a charming and historic residence situated close to all Picton’s attractions and amenities.
Grandvue – enjoy spectacular views of Picton harbour and town from within tranquil surroundings.
Echo Lodge – Lyn, Eddie and their little dog Osca welcome you to home-style comfort at Echo Lodge.
The Boat Room is a delightful studio unit benefiting from its natural surroundings with peacefulness and superb privacy – yet within a 15 minute walk from Picton foreshore. Wake up refreshed in a peaceful oasis near the centre of Picton.
Interisland ferry accommodation Select Picton and Marlborough Sounds B&B.
The Villa Backpackers Lodge – a 100 year old character home with all the facilities you can expect from a good hostel.
Tombstone Backpackers - located close to the Bluebride ferry terminal, overlooks the harbour area
Sequoia Lodge Backpackers – a refurbished villa situated just one kilometre from the Picton ferry terminal, offering picturesque views of the surrounding hills and valleys.
Picton Lodge Backpackers – a recently refurnished lodge providing a clean, warm, comfortable and friendly atmosphere.
Picton Top 10 Holiday Park offers a full range of accommodation options including: powered campervan sites; comfortable cabins; and spacious self-contained units.
Parklands Marina Holiday Park offer a wide range of accommodation options – from tent and powered sites, to standard and self-contained cabins.
Picton Campervan Park is one of the premium holiday parks in Picton and is the closest holiday park to the interisland ferry and town centre, set in beautiful landscaped grounds in the heart of Picton.
PICTON TOUR OPERATORS
The Cougar Line – specialists in combining water transportation and luxury cruising in Marlborough’s spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound.
Sounds Connection - specialist wine tour company, daily departures from Picton into the Marlborough wine region (25 minute drive) and fishing trips into Queen Charlotte Sound
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Le Café Restaurant and Live Music venue is situated on London Quay, overlooking the breathtaking Marlborough Sounds. A great place to read the paper, write a postcard, check your emails and enjoy the lively Picton ambience.
Cortado Picton Located on the sparkling waterfront promenade of Picton, in the Marlborough Sounds. Cortado Resturant, Bar and Cafe brings you fresh European inspired cuisine, award winning coffee and sumptuous surrounds.
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The Peppers Portage has 35 hotel rooms with spectacular views across gardens and the wide quiet bay of Kenepuru Sound.
Picturesque Furneaux Lodge is unique in the Marlborough Sounds, with expansive grounds running from the native bush down to the sea. Part of the beauty of this historic destination is the isolation, as no roads lead to Furneaux Lodge.
Punga Cove Resort Set amongst stunning scenery in the magnificent waterways of New Zealand’s Marlborough Sounds, Punga Cove is the perfect retreat for people wanting to relax in style.
Lochmara Lodge Escape, relax and play with views over the bay, a sandy beach and excellent facilities all surrounded by the beautiful bush clad hills of the Marlborough Sounds
Te Mahia Bay Resort Te Mahia Bay Resort is found in one of the most beautiful bays in the Marlborough Sounds,located overlooking the Kenepuru Sound.
Coles Bay Retreat : Self Catering Holiday Home Accommodation Marlborough Sounds NZ offers self-catering vacation accommodation in the Marlborough Sounds. An idyllic South Island holiday home.
Nestled on the slopes of Whatamango Bay, A Sea View enjoys an unimpeded, awe-inspiring view of the Marlborough Sounds and the Queen Charlotte Track.
Located in Portage Bay, Sounds Retreat‘s three-bedroom property is ideal for those wanting a weekend break – or for taking a week and really getting away from it all. Surrounded by native forest and only a short walk to the Portage Hotel, Portage Beach and the Queen Charlotte Track, Sounds Retreat is the perfect place to unwind.
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Discover the “Gourmet Province” on a personally escorted food tour – by bike, foot or vehicle.
Benmorven Estate Cottage is located in the heart of Marlborough’s renowned wine country, just minutes from Marlborough airport and the Blenheim township. Set in landscaped gardens, the cottage is surrounded by an olive grove and a vineyard, creating a sense of intimacy.
Unlimited New Zealand (in Christchurch) operate a guided walk in Arthurs Pass National Park, the TranzAlpine & Great Alpine Highway – all on the same day tour, and ending up back in Christchurch in time for dinner.