Fodor's Expert Review The Villa Backpackers and Lodge
34 Auckland St., Picton, Marlborough, 7220, New Zealand
There are flashier backpackers in town but the upbeat vibe and friendly atmosphere in this old character villa makes this place a great stay. The hostel's central courtyard hums day and night with people relaxing after a day on the water, mountain biking, or walking the Queen Charlotte Track. On rainy days you can lie in front of the fire with a book, play guitar, or curl up in a quiet corner to write letters. Ferry pickups and drop-offs, a hot tub, use of the gym, and bike and kayak usage are included in the price. New kitchens have space for cooking your own meals.
- doubles and en suite rooms have their own TVs
- just half a kilometer (¼ mile) from the ferry terminal
- the cheaper double rooms use shared facilities and are simply furnished