YHA Picton


YHA Picton The Villa is a converted 110-year old boutique character home with sun-drenched rooms, gardens and verandas. Located in the centre of town, everything Picton has to offer is right on the doorstep including kayaking, diving, sailing, walks or cruising the magnificent Marlborough Sounds.

Family owned and operated, YHA Picton is clean, tidy and friendly with a wide range of comfortable accommodation at affordable prices. Accommodation includes multi-share, female only, double and twin ensuite. YHA Picton also accommodates families and groups. The hostel has two fully equipped kitchens plus a BBQ kitchen and offers free unlimited WiFi, free bike hire, fishing gear, spa pool, treehouse and a courtyard fire for evenings listening to live music and meeting fellow travellers.

YHA Picton offers some extra special add-ons such as free hot apple crumble with ice cream and breakfast from May to October, and a free booking service for the Queen Charlotte Track, tent hire and luggage storage.

By Bus/Shuttle

Bus 400m. Shuttle buses will drop off/pick up at hostel or Dublin Street/SH1 Corner

By Plane

Service to Wellington by ‘Sounds Air’ from Picton Airport (Koromiko). Shuttle from YHA Picton to Airport - $7

By Train

Leave the train station and turn right. The hostel is 150m from the train station on the left

By Ferry

Interislander walk-on: Contact YHA Picton for free pickup (within office hours)
Blueridge walk-on: Blueridge offers a free shuttle. Request drop-off at YHA Picton the Villa
By car: Follow signs to the town centre, cross the railway line and turn left

By Car

Follow SH1 toward signs for Interislander walk-on. SH1 becomes Auckland Street. We are located next to the Dutch bakery.

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  • BBQ
  • Bicycle Storage
  • Booking via Hostelling International
  • Communal dining area
  • Disabled Facilities
  • Free bike hire
  • Free Breakfast (May - October)
  • Free Interislander Ferry Pick-Up and drop-off
  • Free pool table
  • Free WiFi
  • Fully Equipped Kitchen
  • Hot Tub
  • Laundry
  • Library Exchange
  • Locker Storage
  • Luggage Storage
  • Parking
  • Sky TV
  • TV
  • TV Room
  • Visa & Mastercard
  • Walk the Queen Charlotte Track, a spectacular and popular 71km track, renowned for its stunning views and contrasting landscape, historical landmarks and wonderful variety of native bush and wildlife. Day walks available or  take a watertaxi cruise through the magnificent Queen Charlotte Sounds
  • Take a scenic wildlife cruise to see Bottlenose, Dusky & Hector dolphins, seabirds, seals and maybe even a whale in the calm & sheltered waters of the Marlborough Sounds
  • Try out some watersports from kayaking to parasailing, sailing to scuba diving. The Marlborough Sounds' intricate waterways are a wonderland for sea kayakers. Half and full day guided tours and self-guided  kayak rentals available
  • Sample some of the high quality Marlborough wines at the nearby Blenheim wine region. Marlborough produces around 75% of New Zealand's total wine and is world famous for its Sauvignon Blanc. Daily wine tours leave Picton
  • Enjoy Picton's local walks ranging from 30 minutes to 4 hours. All are accessible from town with excellent views into Picton and the Sound
  • Visit the National Whale Centre, Picton's newest attraction that explores New Zealand's unique position as an ocean nation with a 175+ year history of whaling and sustainable aquamarine industries
  • Travel across to Wellington and the North Island on the Interislander ferry

Annual Events

Picton Maritime Festival (January) celebrates the unique maritime heritage of Picton and the Marlborough Sounds. FREE and family-friendly
The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival (February) is New Zealand’s original and longest-running wine festival hosted in this world-renowned wine producing region. Shuttles to Blenheim available 
Forrest Grape Ride (March) cycling event traverses through a 101km course that is postcard of some of New Zealand's most beautiful wine-country scenery
Omaka Classic Fighters Air Show (April) is an action-packed weekend of Classic Fighters heritage aviation amid the magnificent scenery of Marlborough during wine harvest time
Queen Charlotte Classic (November) multi-sport race attracts hundreds of competitors of all experience levels


  • (Sep 15th - Oct 18th) 'The Exact Enigma' showcases a significant donation of art works by renowned printmaker, Barry Cleavin, gifted by Ann and John Hercus in 2014 to The Suter Art Gallery Te Aratoi o Whakatū, Nelson. Barry Cleavin has ... Millennium Public Art Gallery
  • (Sep 15th - Oct 18th) Val Griffith-Jones is a multi-media artist whose work is rich with colour, humour, clever observation and narrative. She has been telling stories and responding to life events by making two and three dimensional art ... Millennium Public Art Gallery
  • (Sep 30th - Mar 30th 2016) Distance around 40km moderate pace, Anyone is welcome. see you there! Bikefit Marlborough
  • (Oct 7th - Dec 16th) Quiz every Wednesday its fun and free, prizes for 1st, 2nd and 3rd highest points. Phone to book a table or just turn up, meals available. Paddy Barrys Irish Pub
  • (Oct 15th - Oct 15th) Everyone, everywhere should know the right action to take before, during and after an earthquake. Thursday 15 October is the International ShakeOut Day of Action. New Zealand will be the first country to participate ... Marlborough District Council
  • (Oct 1st - Dec 17th) Muso night every Thursday " You bring the talent we supply the gear". calling all musicians, rappers, vocals of all genre, great night for a jam session. Paddy Barrys Irish Pub

YHA Picton offers a homely, peaceful and friendly environment for groups travelling in Picton. We run a small hostel and can cater for many types of groups including schools and colleges, sporting and cultural groups.

YHA Picton facilities include 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10-bed shared and private rooms and two fully-equipped kitchens plus an outdoor BBQ kitchen. We also offer some extra special add-ons such as sun-drenched gardens with picnic areas, a treehouse, hammock, free bike hire, spa pool, fishing gear, DVD library, Xbox, SKY TV and a separate TV lounge.

 Click here for YHA New Zealand's full Groups Brochure.

Capacity and Room Types

YHA Picton can cater for up to 63 guests across 15 rooms with a separate, self-contained cottage that can be booked for a group of 19 or fewer.

Room types available:

  • 1 x 10-bed multi-share
  • 1 x 8-bed multi-share
  • 2 x 6-bed multi-share
  • 1 x 6-bed multi-share female
  • 1 x 5-bed multi-share
  • 2 x 4-bed multi-share
  • 1 x twin ensuite
  • 1 x double ensuite
  • 5 x double rooms
Shared rooms

Group members are accommodated in comfortable 6, 5 or 4 bed rooms. The hostel has a range of  mixed and disabled bathroom facilities conveniently located close to the bedrooms. All bedding is provided (duvets, sheets and pillows) and towels can be hired for $1.

Private rooms

Supervisors and tour leaders can be accommodated in private rooms. These rooms include all bed linen and towels. 

Free WiFi for Group Leaders

We know being a group leader is tough work at the best of times and you need to stay contactable as much as possible to keep things running smoothly. To help you stay connected YHA provides free unlimited WiFi during their stay. 

Free Booking Service

A free booking service is provided for all land-based domestic travel and activities including: the Queen Charlotte Track, wine tours, dolphin swimming, sea kayaking, and transport including ferries, bus, train, water transport, car hire and flights with the local airline.