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Piwaka Lodge and Backpackers

75 High Street, Picton 7220 New Zealand
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What you can expect during your stay
  • All linens sanitised in high-temperature wash
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
Updated 26/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
Updated 26/08/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.


#10 of 35 Speciality lodging in Picton
Piwaka Lodge & Backpackers aims to be the Place You Feel Like Family A place to take a breath and enjoy the hospitality of a bygone time. A place offering luxury backpacker accommodation provided with a handful of awhi (love). Under new ownership since 20 December 2018 (formerly Alicante backpackers)
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Property amenities
Street parking
Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
Board games / puzzles
Books, DVDs, music for children
Shared bathroom
Shared kitchen
Laundry service
Shared lounge / TV area
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Room types
Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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Willy W wrote a review Aug 2021
2 contributions
I promised the owner to leave a review, finally it's here. Me and my sister got a room which was well equipped. Nothing fancy and special but all usable. The breakfast consists of different cereals and toasts with different toppings. Friends came by and were allowed to stay one night on the parking lot which was really nice for us. Thanks for all, Feb. 2017
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with family
Mark N wrote a review Jun 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand80 contributions10 helpful votes
Good cheap and clean stay. Great breakfast thrown in, lots of hot water and laundry on site. Very handy to the main town and ferries. En-suite rooms available. Liked my stay. Parking at rear, good cooking facilities included. Picton is a great destination with great mountain biking at your doorstep.
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Date of stay: May 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Megan W wrote a review Feb 2021
Tauranga, New Zealand34 contributions11 helpful votes
We were looking for last minute accommodation in Picton that would welcome our dog and the nice lady who answered the phone at Piwaka said she had one room available. We arrived to find a neat, tidy and clean room. The shower rooms were also clean and tidy albeit the hot was scorching and I didn't know how to work the mixer. Partner worked it out so all good. The communal kitchen/TV room was a friendly and comfy place to meet other travellers. Both kitchens were well provided with all manner of gadgets like crockpots and coffee makers. The complimentary breakfast was a nice surprise and delicious! The staff were all very pleasant as was the owner who cares deeply about her community and her role as manager. The place smelled clean and the resident dog, cat and birds were a nice touch. We WILL be back. We loved our stay. Thank you for having us at the last minute and thank you for warmly welcoming us.
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Date of stay: February 2021
Response from Nicci Fitzgerald, Owner at Piwaka Lodge and Backpackers
Responded 21 Feb 2021
Thank you so much for the fantastic review and for staying with me here at Piwaka... the mixers are due to be all replaced asap
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BeeSting wrote a review Feb 2021
Mangawhai, New Zealand19 contributions2 helpful votes
We travelled from Invercargill to Picton all in one day on our motorbikes, arrived at 8.30pm, so we thought were lucky to get accommodation on the main street, given the time of night. The lady at reception was utterly rude upon arrival, told us to "ring a bell" yet the bell was covered by the atrocious state of her desk & reception area. The place reeked of incense & stale cigarettes, in EVERY part of the lodge. We shared a double room, which was just outright filthy. Didnt appear to have been cleaned in months. Dirty sheets from previous guests. The Shared Bathroom was absolutely DISGUSTING. The whole shower floor was covered in thick black hair & baked on skid marks in the toilet. DISGUSTING!! The place was like some dirty "Homeless" people were in control. Also we were told to park our Harley's out on the street, as a police camera way further up the street, would ensure security. Ummm no - not good enough, considering our bikes are worth more than this awful accommodation & the place was advertised as having FREE on-site parking. Overall, we were grateful to get accom at the time of night we arrived, but quite frankly, the woman's attitude & arrogance was beyond acceptable & we won't make the mistake of staying in this filthy establishment again. Given the world is suffering from COVID, & hygiene is PARAMOUNT, the state of this accommodation made us feel like we could've caught COVID.
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled with friends
Response from Nicci Fitzgerald, Owner at Piwaka Lodge and Backpackers
Responded 21 Feb 2021
Please dont ever come and stay in my home again... first time in 2 years I have EVER had such a rude, libelous and totally atrocious review... anyone with common sense from reading reviews elsewhere and our constant high ranking in particular with my fantastic cleaners and the job they do will find it blatantly obvious this person is simply either deranged.... or has written review while drunk! Blacklisted
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anon702 wrote a review Jan 2021
Greater Wellington, New Zealand7 contributions2 helpful votes
Stayed at Piwaka on our way to the Queen Charlotte walk, good location, comfortable and spacious room. Host extremely welcoming, friendly and helpful and a fantastic host. Will stay again. The porridge is great too :-)
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Date of stay: December 2020Trip type: Travelled with family
Response from Nicci Fitzgerald, Owner at Piwaka Lodge and Backpackers
Responded 21 Feb 2021
Thank you so much for the lovely review.. see you again soon!
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US$38 - US$82 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Alicante Backpackers
New ZealandSouth IslandMarlborough RegionPicton
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Frequently Asked Questions about Piwaka Lodge and Backpackers
Which popular attractions are close to Piwaka Lodge and Backpackers?
Nearby attractions include Picton Sound (0.3 km), Heritage & Whaling Museum Picton (0.3 km), and Round 'A' Mini Golf (0.4 km).
What are some of the property amenities at Piwaka Lodge and Backpackers?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, laundry service, and books, DVDs and music available for children.
Is parking available at Piwaka Lodge and Backpackers?
Yes, street parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Piwaka Lodge and Backpackers?
Conveniently located restaurants include Picton Village Bakkerij, Gusto, and Seumus' Irish Bar.
Is Piwaka Lodge and Backpackers located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.3 km away from the centre of Picton.
Are there any historical sites close to Piwaka Lodge and Backpackers?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Edwin Fox Maritime Museum (0.5 km).