Picton, New Zealand is most famous for being a lot of visitor's first glimpse of the South Island, as it is the stomping grounds for further journeys into the South Island and across the Cook Straight by ferry or plane . That being said, a lot of people only pass through Picton, or stay for a quick night. But Picton is more than just being a transportation hub. It's also an inviting town with miles of activities along the scenic Marlborough sounds.
Because Picton can be a busy place, there are a lot of hostels to accommodate that. The most popular is The Villa, with its white wash appearance, cozy spa and free apple crumble, while Bayview Backpackers is great for those looking for something more quiet and secluded. Of course, the only problem with seclusion is that it's aways out of town but there is a wonderful walking route that will grace you with some of the best views of the sound.
If you would actually like to stay on the sound, there are plenty of unique backpackers and guesthouses that take the word "secluded" to a new level.
Accesible only by water taxi, The Lochmara Lodge is an eco-lover's paradise and gorgeous. Equally private, The Nikau Cottages offer an even more personable stay, while the acclaimed Mahana Homestead earns nothing but relaxing smiles and rave reviews.
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