Top 10 Hotels Marlborough, NZ

Top 10 Hotels Marlborough, NZ

Accommodation in the Marlborough region is generally separated into three main categories: those in or near urban areas such as Picton or Blenheim, those nestled amongst the greenery of its wine regions, and those that provide an overnight respite for those exploring the region’s Queen Charlotte Track great walk. As a result, one type of hotel may be completely ideal or unsuitable for one type of traveller, and vice-versa; making any list of top accommodation options in the region a matter of finding the proper balance.

In this section, we highlight our cross-section of the best hotels and other places to stay in Marlborough, New Zealand based on a variety of factors including location, sleep quality, service, added extras and – of course – price.

Here are our recommendations for 10 of Marlborough’s best places to stay.



10. Furneaux Lodge

Location: Endeavour Inlet, Queen Charlotte Sound, NZ

Accommodation type: Varied

Furneaux Lodge
Image: Furneaux Lodge

This old-fashioned, charming and thoroughly historic accommodation situated right on the water of Queen Charlotte Sound is often the first port of call for those hiking the Queen Charlotte Track, and offers a lovely setting in which to lay one’s head. With an array of accommodation choices that range from luxury down to backpacker-friendly options, Furneaux Lodge is tranquil, with well-maintained gardens and grounds that make for a pleasant overall environment.

The lodge is peaceful, with its rooms surrounded by the sounds of nature and wonderful views overlooking the water including its own pier which makes for a great launchpad for enjoying some swimming on sunnier days. There are also a number of lovely short walks available around the lodge, and staff are always willing to point these out to guests staying overnight or for multiple days.

The lodge is peaceful, with its rooms surrounded by the sounds of nature and wonderful views overlooking the water, including its own pier.

Furneaux lodge’s accommodations offer a mixture of comfortable beds as well as plenty of room to move around, with its indidivual cabins coming with clean and well-equipped facilities including a balcony and seperate living area – everything one could want in such a standalone option. The lodge also has an outstanding restaurant given its relatively isolated location, one which offers both quality meals and an extensive wine list, while its bar makes for a great spot to enjoy in the afternoons and evenings as well as a cheaper dining alternative.

Price-wise it sits towards the higher end of the scale, however the blend of relaxation and comfort – as well as activities such as kayaking, walking, fishing and swimming – it offers make the investment well worth it.


9. AAA Marlin Motel

Location: Devon Street, Picton, NZ

Accommodation type: Motel

Image: AAA Marlin Motel
Image: AAA Marlin Motel

A great, budget-conscious option that’s centrally located for those staying in Picton, the AAA Marlin Motel and its hosts are designed to make the visitor feel at “home away from home”, with a hospitable overall atmosphere and a great price to boot. This is perhaps the best of the entry-level accommodation options for those looking for a stay within easy reach of Picton’s Interislander ferry service, and as a result it’s both a great choice for families and backpackers who are looking for convenience without torturing the wallet.

The hosts of the Marlin Motel and their positive and willing attitudes go a long way to setting the scene for the stay; this goes hand in hand with the rooms that – while they contain retro furnishings with a slightly 70’s motif which is more of a sign of theming than age, as they’re all in good condition – are kept clean and tidy. The rooms are spacious and roomy, and feature large and comfortable beds as well as full kitchen facilities for those looking to self-cater. An added little bonus is the fresh bottle of milk provided for tea and coffee – a nice touch from an age past.

The hosts of the Marlin Motel and their positive and willing attitudes go a long way to setting the scene for the stay.

Extra adds such as free-WiFi make for an added value proposition, while there are also barbecue tables for those looking to cook up a meal outside. The AAA Marlin Motel sits in a quiet part of town which helps enhance sleep quality, and given it’s just a stroll away from the Picton town centre and its hub of High Street, the level of convenience afforded here comes appreciated.

Overall, it’s a solid and cost-efficient option for those staying in Picton.


8. Punga Cove

Location: Endeavour Inlet, Queen Charlotte Sound, NZ

Accommodation type: Varied

Punga Cove

Another great retreat for those hiking the Queen Charlotte Track who are looking for some secluded relaxation without compromising on quality of stay, Punga Cove is a nature-enwrapped accommodation option nearly completely immersed amongst the surrounding greenery, giving it a wonderful, escapist aspect. Comprised of a number of fully-furnished chalets as well as backpacker accommodation, Punga Cove sits in a hillside location that – while it can make for some necessary walking at times – offers a wonderful panorama of the bay it lies on in return.

The accommodation’s largely foreign staff are friendly and charming to go along with efficient, and guests’ needs are almost immediately tended to with a minimum of fuss and a maximum of responsiveness. The rooms themselves are very private and emit a feeling of intimacy, with the backpacker’s quarters located at the top of the resort and the individual and more luxurious rooms located further down. While its rooms are sized slightly on the smaller end of the scale, they are kept wonderfully clean and the abundant birdlife nearby can be heard from within each one for an additional dose of immersion.

Punga Cove is a nature-enwrapped accommodation option nearly completely immersed amongst the surrounding greenery, giving it a wonderful, escapist aspect.

Punga Cove has a number of other positives that help add to the stay experience, as well; there’s an excellent little cafe on the resort’s jetty that serves some great food – Blue Cod and chips as well as the venison burger are a highlight – and enjoying dinner overlooking the bay is truly magical. Prices for dining are remarkable reasonable, especially considering the resort’s location, and other smaller slices of enjoyment such as lounging in hammocks on the waterfront or dropping a line and fishing of the jetty are idyllic to the extreme.

Its nice pool and hot tub areas make for some great unwinding after a day of hiking, too, while kayak hire, walks and various other pursuits are all viable options as well.


7. Picton Beachcomber Inn

Location: Waikawa Road, Picton, NZ

Accommodation type: Motel

Picton Beachcomber Inn

The Picton Beachcomber Inn is another solid option for those looking for the balance of price and convenience in Picton – but one that also comes with a lovely position overlooking Picton’s Harbour. With the majority of its rooms offering water-facing balconies, a stay here allows guests to watch the boat traffic on the harbour’s picturesque waters and makes for a great way to start the day.

The accommodation’s positives add to the location factor, with its rooms relatively large, coming with separate kitchens and as well as surprisingly well-sized bathrooms with expansive walk-in showers. The Picton Beachcomber Inn’s beds are wonderfully soft, comfortable and spacious, while its rooms’ interiors have been recently remodelled and renovated, which help lend it a more modern feel. Furniture is bright and inviting, while Sky TV channels are also provided free of charge and offer some extra in-room entertainment for those days when the weather turns sour.

The Picton Beachcomber Inn is another solid option for those looking for the balance of price and convenience in Picton.

The Inn is populated by helpful staff that extends from management all the way down to the cleaners, and they are always willing to provide information on both Picton and New Zealand in general for travellers. Its restaurant offers convenient dining, with a nice buffet dinner on offer, or the ability to simply walk further opens up alternative options as well. Location balances a closeness of proximity to the town centre without being excessively noisy, making for a true “best of both worlds” proposition.

Add in easy included free car parking and free Wi-Fi as a bonus (although signal strength is touch and go at times) and it’s a complete and comprehensive Picton accommodation package.


6. Portage Resort

Location: Kenepuru Road, Portage, NZ

Accommodation type: Resort

Portage Resort

Lying in a spot with a stunning outlook over a remote area of the Sounds and situated roughly around halfway along the Queen Charlotte Track, the Portage Resort ticks all the boxes as far as location, service and peace are concerned. The panorama on offer here is incredible, and a stay here almost conveys the feeling of being on a tropical island reminiscent of the Caribbean as opposed to a secluded part of mainland New Zealand – a fact reinforced by the lovely slice of beach to which guests have full access.

An excellent choice for both couples and those doing the great walk, Portage Resort is well-designed and laid-out, very quiet and supremely comfortable with a number of features and touches that help it stand out among the rest. Its rooms feel modern and of high quality, with recent renovations obvious, and feature very comfortable beds replete with exceptionally crisp linen and firm yet soft pillows conducive to an easy night’s sleep. Tea and coffee-making facilities in the room come highly appreciated, while powerful shower heads and balconies that make for some magical outdoor eating all add to the experience.

Portage Resort is a great accommodation choice both to refresh for the remainder of a hike, or for a getaway from civilisation for non-hikers.

Portage Resort’s indoor spa is also a highlight – particularly as a relief for a fatigued-from-hiking body during colder seasons – and with all these factors combined makes for a great choice for multi-night stays for non-hikers as well. Continental breakfasts on offer provide a good selection of breakfast stables such as juices and other mainstays, while its restaurant and its “dining with a view” makes for a memorable experience.

The resort is manned by lovely staff who bring a dose of down-to-earth hospitality to the proceedings, and both its front desk and restaurant staff are highly personable across the board. Portage Resort is a great accommodation choice both to refresh for the remainder of a hike, or access via car or ferry (recommended) for a getaway from civilisation for non-hikers.


5. Waikawa Bay Holiday Park

Location: Waimarama Street, Picton, NZ

Accommodation type: Holiday Park

Portage Resort

One of Picton’s best accommodation options for families, Waikawa Holiday Park sits near enough to the centre of everything while also being far away enough to offer a wide and flexible array of accommodation options for groups of varying sizes and budget levels; as a result, it’s one of the most highly-customisable stays in the region. The park features a mixture of cabins with ensuites, campsites and spots for caravans, each of which come with a very reasonable price tag and thus help offset some of the cost of the Interislander ferry for those travelling onward to the North Island.

While those with kids will likely be of most benefit to staying here – not only for the purposes of solid price savings, but for the well-equipped play area, trampoline, and other child-friendly facilities – any travellers who are simply looking for the best value-for-money spot in Picton to lay their head will find little to disappoint. The park is spacious, brings with it some good scenery and is host to abundant greenery that brings with it a feeling of being “close to nature” despite its proximity to town. This is aided by the concerted efforts of management in regards to noise control, which helps retain a peaceful atmosphere despite the high number of guests who can often be found staying here.

Overall, this is one of Marlborough’s top budget accommodation options so if price is a concern, it should be given high priority.

Your experience of staying at Waikawa Holiday Park will vary based on your accommodation choice, however the cabins themselves are both self-contained and spotless, while individual camping areas are ringed by bushes for an additional layer of privacy. The park also has plenty of added character courtesy of a number of hand-crafted decorations found throughout, added to by the highly helpful staff and management.

While it’s located slightly away from the centre of town, the holiday park is still close to the ferry network, while also being near to the marina where multiple dining options exist. Overall, this is one of Marlborough’s top budget accommodation options so if price is a concern, it should be given high priority.


4. Harbour View Motel Picton

Location: Waikawa Road, Picton, NZ

Accommodation type: Motel

Image: Harbour View Motel Picton
Image: Harbour View Motel Picton

In terms of both position and convenience, the Harbour View Motel Picton is hard to beat, but it’s the additional service and incredible degree of hospitality on offer that adds more to the experience of a stay here. As one might expect from its name, the accommodation grants some phenomenal views over the Picton marina and harbour, with its expansive balconies providing a lovely aspect from which to take it all in. All this with an easy walk to restaurants, supermarkets and various other necessities nearby – including one of the town’s best restaurants situated underneath – make the Harbour View an excellent and cost-conscious option.

Rooms at the Harbour View are both large and very clean, with new renovations that have helped revitalise its interior and help represent even more value to money, with furnishings that are both tasteful and up-to-date and everything feeling brand-new. Beds are comfortable, kitchens are well-equipped with plenty of supplies, and glass panes are solid leading to an atmosphere that’s very quiet at night despite the motel’s convenient location. Wi-Fi is also both free and of a good quality without the spottiness that plagues many other budget establishments, adding to the overall value proposition of staying here.

Everything you’ll need in accommodation at a reasonable price – and with magnificent views and great hospitality – make for a wonderfully balanced overall stay.

Laundry facilities also make the prospect of an extended stay here more viable, and this is something that the wonderful staff make a proposition well worth considering; their willingness to go the extra mile makes one not want to leave. Pickups and dropoffs via a complimentary shuttle service from the local ferry terminals are offered without complaint, which can make getting to the accommodation for those travelling from afar much less of a hassle – and this hospitality carries through to the service on offer throughout the entirety of a stay at the Harbour View.

Everything you’ll need in accommodation at a reasonable price – and with magnificent views and great hospitality – make for a wonderfully balanced overall stay.


3. No Road Inn

Location: Endeavour Inlet, Marlborough, NZ

Accommodation type: B&B

Image: No Road Inn
Image: No Road Inn

The No Road Inn is a charming and personal boutique-style accommodation option that’s an example of a B&B-type stay at its finest; it’s brimming with character and one of the more unique options in the greater Marlborough region as a whole. As with many of the other quality Sound-adjacent accommodations for the Queen Charlotte Track on this list the views are of course a highlight, but what makes the No Road Inn special is how they are taken in.

Baths are a key feature here, and offer a delightfully distinctive bathing experience, with in-room views out to both water and bush depending on your room’s location. It’s rare that a bathroom can be the highlight of an accommodation, but during a stay here it’s very close to the case, as the combination of luxurious design, outlook, and soothing the blisters after a long wall is truly wonderful. The Inn is home to only 4 individual rooms, which provides an exclusive and intimate feel overall, with the bedrooms spacious and bright and coming with a number of other small design touches that help make for a memorable stay.

Accessible by boat and foot only, the No Road Inn lives up to its name, and is an amazing offering for a blend of scenery, company and comfort.

The No Road Inn sits right on the water, and comes with an outdoor wooden hot tub immersed in the trees and adjacent to its secluded beach for a divine experience without a huge quantity of other guests to break the serenity. A jovial and social atmosphere permeates the Inn, as there’s an emphasis on the hosted experience here; dinner and drinks are prepared by the hosts each night, and guests dine as a group for some hospitable interaction.

This warmth lasts from entrance – where guests are given a cold beer on arrival to enjoy on the verandah overlooking the water – to exit where some wonderful packed lunches complete with high quality sandwiches and cake make for the perfect springboard for another day on the Queen Charlotte Track. Accessible by boat and foot only, the No Road Inn lives up to its name, and is an amazing offering for a blend of scenery, company and comfort.


2. Brydan Accommodation Blenheim

Location: Rose Street, Blenheim, NZ

Accommodation type: Self-contained

Image: Brydan Accommodation Blenheim
Image: Brydan Accommodation Blenheim

This immaculate and well-appointed accommodation complex just outside the centre of Blenheim is located within the heart of Marlborough’s wine country, and serves as our recommended go-to option for those looking to explore the various wineries and other regional activities nearby. Consisting of a number of self-contained villas/units each with their own individual car parking, Brydan Accommodation Blenheim is inviting, well-designed and private while also offering an extremely quiet atmosphere in which to garner a solid night’s sleep.

With a stay here, it’s obvious to see that no expense has been spared in regards to room amenities, as everything from the beds, to the carpet, to the dish ware is top-notch quality, and helps to create a pleasant environment whilst indoors. Extra touches such as heated towel racks and continually-refreshed fresh flowers only serve to reinforce this. Add to this the myriad of greenery and shade offered by its garden areas, and overall the complex emits quite a classy and upmarket feel.

With a stay here, it’s obvious to see that no expense has been spared in regards to room amenities, as everything from the beds, to the carpet, to the dish ware is top-notch quality.

Convenience rates as a plus, as well, especially if you’re using a stay at Brydan Accommodation Blenheim as a springboard to explore the many highlights nearby; wineries are obviously a highlight, as is the excellent Speights Alehouse (see our Top 10 Marlborough Restaurants list for more details) in addition to a number of other activities that management are always willing to point out and help with. There’s a supermarket just a short walk away; there’s plenty of outdoor seating; and the inviting and well-designed pool area makes for a pleasant backdrop for cooling off during warm periods.

The accommodation’s hosts are lovely and friendly, and keep both the rooms (serviced daily) in spotless condition, and the gardens in tip-top shape. Spacious, modern, comfy and convenient, Brydan Accommodation Blenheim rates as our top choice in the Blenheim region.


1. Bay of Many Coves

Location: Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton, NZ

Accommodation type: Eco-lodge/resort

Bay of Many Coves
Image: Bay of Many Coves

A prime example of accommodation that’s upper-tier across the board, Bay of Many Coves is 5 star luxury without sacrificing immersion in nature; it’s a fine line to balance offering amenities of this high a standard within the middle of such a sublime location and with minimal environmental impact, yet this is a place which succeeds in both regards. Somewhat of a hybrid between lodge/hotel/resort, Bay of Many Coves is the ideal companion for those looking to make their Queen Charlotte Track journey an all-out bucket list adventure due to its blend of outstanding location, food and service.

As a start, there’s no battle for finding or needing to request a “room with a view” here; all of the rooms at Bay of Many Coves offer fabulous views over Queen Charlotte Sound, and are both spacious and nicely furnished in their own right, with balconies overlooking the bay. Each of its rooms are built into the side of the hill on which the resort sits, leading to a highly immersive nature that ranks as a further nod to its eco-friendly orientation; quiet and private, each has separate living and sleeping areas, as well as a small kitchen and dining area. Lying in bed with the windows open and hearing the lapping of the Sound’s water and sounds of nature is a gorgeous way to drift away of an evening, too.

The overall beauty of the nature-rich experience here makes for Marlborough’s most unique accommodation offering.

Food here also warrants a special mention, with the majority of it superb – particularly dinner – from the restaurant, while there is also wonderful coffee available from the waterside cafe which is somewhat of a surprise given its remoteness. Live-in hosts at Bay of Many Coves help ensure all needs are catered for, with nothing too much trouble, and staff that are brimming with an enthusiasm that never feels forced. An (optional) wine tasting experience and discussion on offer in the evenings from the owner is an appreciated touch, as well.

It’s a privileged feeling to stay in such a beautiful, natural part of the world while still experiencing luxury; Bay of Many Coves is only reachable by boat or on foot (or helicopter if you’re the type with ample coin to spare), and while it comes with an appropriately hefty price tag, the overall beauty of the experience makes for Marlborough’s most unique accommodation offering.



In addition, if you’re looking for all the top things to see and do in and around Marlborough including activities, attractions and more, be sure to check out our main region section to browse and book online!

Experience Oz Staff

This article was produced in a combined effort by Experience Oz staff members. Experience Oz is the home of things to do in Australia and New Zealand, with over 3,000 awesome experiences across Oz + NZ!

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