The Best Hostels in Picton and the Queen Charlotte Track
Mountain Biking on the Queen Charlotte Track (by Mike Heydon)
Picton is an important town as it is home to the ferry terminal on the South Island of New Zealand, connecting traffic to the North Island in Wellington. Trains and buses depart from Picton to a variety of other cities on the South Island.
Picton is also a launching point for visiting the surrounding wilderness. Specifically, the Queen Charlotte Track is one of the most popular hikes in New Zealand, as the walk offers beautiful views, lush vegetation, and a chance to see some of the country's finest bays and shoreline.
The hostels below are all top quality. Each has its own atmosphere and vibe, but all cater to travelers of every type. Many offer free breakfast and luggage storage, while some even have other activities centered around the surrounding natural beauty. You can't go wrong with any of them.
How much do hostels in New Zealand cost?
|Average Dorm Price
$20 ($3 to $36)
|Average Double Private Room Price (in a hostel)
$54 ($9 to $156)
A cozy hostel for backpackers, families, and couples
Dorm Bed: $20.60
With a large variety of room types, including private rooms and dorms, this hostel has something for everyone. Their private rooms have the option for shared or ensuite bathrooms, and they even have larger family rooms. Their dorms are also varied, and they have a female-only dorm option.
The staff of this hostel makes the place very comfortable, homey, and clean. The log fire in the winter keeps everyone warm and social, while the outdoor areas with hammocks in the summer make for some great spots to relax and mingle with other guests. They even have free dessert year-round, and free breakfast during winter months. Their hot tub also helps everyone relax together, as does their movie room with SKY TV. Also on the list of amenities: BBQ, shared kitchen, laundry, parking, Wi-Fi, games, and more.
The Sequoia Lodge is located in a quiet area in the middle of Picton, close to everything you would need.
Guest reviews give very positive scores for the friendliness of the staff, the facilities, and the cleanliness.
3a Nelson Square ,
A relaxing and social hostel next to the Queen Charlotte Track for backpackers, couples, and families
Dorm Bed: $17.69
About a half-hour drive from Picton, and only minutes from the Queen Charlotte Track, the Anakiwa Lodge is a great choice. Check out the photos of their amazing view! Despite being outside of town, they have everything you need, including a shuttle service to and from Picton's ferry terminals, bus station, and train station.
Private rooms with and without ensuite bathrooms are available, as well as comfortable, quiet dorms. The facilities are all up to YHA standards, which means they are clean and modern in this self-described "boutique" hostel.
Free Kayaks top their list of amenities, which also includes high-speed internet, free towels, free soap and shampoo, balconies overlooking the bay, a shared kitchen, TV room with movies and SKY, a BBQ on the courtyard, boat cruises, mountain biking, and more. There is so much to do here that you don't need the town nearby to do it.
Reviews by former guests are consistently high, and rave about the friendly owners, clean facilities, and fun activities.
9 Lady Cobham Grove, Anakiwa RD1, Picton ,
A relaxed, social hostel for backpackers, solo travelers, and couples
Dorm Bed: $19.18
The Villa Backpackers Lodge has a lot to offer! First, their location is right in the middle of town, close to shops, restaurants, and everything you would need to have fun or plan your adventures in the nearby wilderness.
They have a variety of room types available, from larger private rooms, to smaller privates and small shared rooms, to dorms. Some rooms have ensuite bathrooms, and some have shared bathrooms, so there is a room at the right price for everyone.
The common areas are perfect for relaxing and socializing. They have a hot tub spa, an outdoor patio and lawn area with tables, two communal kitchens for those who wish to cook, a nice TV room with SKY and video games, a BBQ, and more. They also offer free dessert and free breakfast in the winter months. Free pickup from the ferry terminals is also on offer! The staff helps guests plan their walks and other activities for free when possible, and they can arrange other tours if needed. Free luggage storage is available for those that leave on treks.
Guest reviews rave about pretty much everything, including the friendly and helpful staff. As one reviewer put it, "you would have to be very fussy to complain about this place."
34 Auckland St ,
A comfortable hostel for families, backpackers, and couples
Located fairly close to the ferry terminals and walking distance to the center of town, this hostel resides in a building that was custom-built to be a hostel. They have rooms of various sizes and prices, from larger privates with queen beds and ensuite bathrooms, to smaller rooms with shared bathrooms, to dorms of varying sizes. They also have a larger apartment available.
The amenities are quite nice as well. They offer free breakfast, free Wi-Fi, free towels, free parking, a shared kitchen, free luggage storage for those going on treks or tours, free pickup and dropoff at the ferry, a hot tub spa, exercise room with a treadmill, pool table and table tennis, TV room, and more! (Can there even be more?) Their outdoor courtyard area allows guests to enjoy their relaxation time, mingle with other travelers, and have a meal while enjoying the views of the harbor and surrounding mountains.
Guest reviews are consistently positive, and repeatedly mention how friendly and helpful the staff is, as well as how nice the facilities are.
16, Gravesend Place ,
A cozy, social hostel for backpackers and couples
Dorm Bed: $27.00
Close to the shore, bus station, and ferries, and situated in the middle of the town, the Fat Cod is consistently described as "cozy." Private rooms and dorms are available, with and without ensuite bathrooms.
The common areas are nice and spacious, and let the guests relax and mingle. The TV room has a log fire to keep everyone warm in the winter months, while the large balcony overlooking the Sound is a great place to hang out in the summer (with a BBQ).
The staff is very friendly, and will help with any information on the local area and beyond. Tour booking and luggage storage is available for activities and treks in the surrounding region.
Free breakfast and soup is available in the winter months. They also offer free Wi-Fi, free movies, free parking, and more!
Guest reviews state that it's clean, friendly, and social, even in the winter.
9 Auckland Street ,
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