Sequoia Lodge
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Sequoia Lodge

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4.5
#3 of 9 hostels in Picton
4.2 of 5 bubbles
Location
4.4 of 5 bubbles
Cleanliness
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Value
Welcome to our friendly, relaxed, family owned hostel. The Spa pool’s bubbling hot, the fire’s roaring, it’s warm. Great music’s playing and the people are friendly & genuine. Free Hot Chocolate pudding & ice cream served every night of the year. Free all you can eat breakfast every morning, all year. Free wireless internet. Sky TV on the big screen. Free Bikes. Car Parking. Central location. Our sister hostel’s in Nelson, Tasman Bay Backpackers
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Property amenities
Free parking
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Free High Speed Internet (WiFi)
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Spa
Non-smoking hotel
Self-serve laundry
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Non-smoking rooms
Family rooms
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HOTEL CLASS
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2.0 of 5 stars
HOTEL STYLE
Business
Quirky Hotels
Languages Spoken
English

Location

3A Nelson Square, Picton 7220 New Zealand
Getting there
Somewhat walkable
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Grade: 67 out of 100
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Picton Aerodrome
Blenheim Airport
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IlonaReynolds wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom12 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
I stayed at Sequoia Lodge for two nights after a few weeks camping around the South Island. I've stayed in lots of hostels around the world - some big and shiny and new, some that need a bit of love, some homely and some more impersonal.

Sequoia definitely falls into the homely category. This isn't a party hostel. The age range of the guests was wide and I spend one evening chatting to an Australian couple in their 60s who were staying for a few nights.

Communal Spaces
There are three main communal spaces: 1) a quiet reading room with sofas, books and board games, 2) a large open plan kitchen and living / dining room with sofas and tables and chairs and 3) a good sized outdoor area with comfortable chairs and table and benches. The atmosphere here is relaxed, quiet and friendly. I didn't actually do any cooking there myself, but the kitchen seemed a good size for the size of the hostel, it always looked clean and the daily free hot chocolate pudding is a great touch.

The Room and Bathroom
I stayed in a 6 person all female dorm room, which had it's own bathroom for the 6 of us. The room wasn't the most modern, but it was clean and well maintained. The bunk beds are wooden so you don't get the creaky metal waking you up if people go to bed after you. Each bed has its own reading light and shelf. The bed linen was clean and the beds comfortable. The bathroom had the benefit of having separate doors to the toilet and shower, so if someone was using one someone else could still use the other or the sink. There was also plenty of space around the sink for everyone to leave wash bags. It was nicer than having to carry things to huge central communal bathrooms like in other hotels.

Other Areas
There is a small laundry which can get very busy. It could do with being a bit bigger for the size of the hostel, but I didn't have to wait that long really.
There is also a hot tub which works on a half hour booking system. I didn't use it so can't comment on the cleanliness of that.

Location
Picton isn't a very big place and it was just a short walk into town and down to the ferry. About 15 mins. There are some nice cafes and shops as well as some nice walks with excellent views.

If you're looking for super modern this isn't the place for you. But if you're looking for a friendly and clean place to relax then I would definitely recommend Sequoia. I would stay again.
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Date of stay: February 2019
4.0 of 5 bubblesCleanliness
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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BrandyZhao wrote a review Jan 2021
Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand187 contributions11 helpful votes
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5.0 of 5 bubbles
It is my first time to stay in this accommodation during Christmas holiday 2020. I enjoyed this tidy and lovely place as well as the friendly customer service. I contacted this place after making reservation. The communication from hosts was prompt as I received the response very soon. The price is very reasonable. The customers will have free breakfast and free WIFI. It also offers free shuttle to take customers to ferry terminal and long distance bus stop. I recommend this place for the travellers in Picton. I will live in this place again when I travel to Picton in the future.
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Date of stay: December 2020
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesRooms
5.0 of 5 bubblesService
Room Tip: The place is clean and spotless.
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KernowPad wrote a review Jun 2021
Cornwall, United Kingdom18 contributions8 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sequoia holds great memories for me after spending a few months here helping out almost 12 years ago. I re-visited under the new management and not much has changed - in a good way. They were very welcoming, hot tub was bubbly and warm and they are still serving the famous chocolate pudding.
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Date of stay: December 2020
4.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
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bravegirltravels wrote a review Jan 2020
London, United Kingdom211 contributions28 helpful votes
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed 3 nights in double ensuite room.

Duvet had stains so I used another spare one in room.
Bedding and bed was comfortable.
Shower was hot and good.
Sink was in room.
Good location from town. Picton is small though so no problem.
Ample kitchen equipment.
Breakfast was very basic but ok.
Free teas and coffees all day.
Lounge furniture was dated and not too comfortable.
Main owner was lovely.
One of the hostel workers was abrupt, snappy and rude.
Highlight was hot chocolate cake 8pm daily.
Didn't know of free shuttle upon arrival so paid $5 for ride but on return journey got free ride.
Overall I thought accomodation was over priced for what it was and provided.
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Date of stay: January 2020Trip type: Travelled solo
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Sydney G wrote a review Feb 2021
5 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Thanks for a great stay at Sequoia! We had a great time and met some very nice people :)

Corey:
The hostel was clean, tidy, and spacious. Props to the owner whom I presume is Graham he was one of the nicest hostel owners I’ve met in all four years of my traveling.

Sydney:
It’s been ages since I’ve stayed in a hostel and could not have asked for a better experience. The facilities were great and they had just about anything you could’ve asked for including onions and free breakfast. Thanks for a lovely stay!
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Date of stay: February 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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Luv2C2 wrote a review Mar 2021
Auckland Central, New Zealand46 contributions11 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed 5 nights at Sequoia Lodge. The motel room was perfect for me - spacious bedroom and bathroom, a garden outlook, small fridge, microwave, china, and more. Graeme a very attentive and welcoming host. Well equipped and appealing common areas. Friendly vibe. Handy to shops and waterfront.
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Date of stay: February 2021
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Wits_End_Norfolk wrote a review Mar 2015
Gaywood, United Kingdom316 contributions737 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Looking for a place to stay over night close to the ferry to North Island, we first stopped at a motel in Renwick. They wanted $130 for very basic grubby accommodation. Why so much I asked? Because it's close to the ferry!
We went to the local info centre and they found us Sequoia Lodge in Picton. Less than five minutes to the port in the car.

Friendly check in. Free chocolate pudding with ice cream in the evening, but we ate out. Good breakfast opportunities. Good free WiFi. All for $80.
It looked a mature place but clean and everything worked.
We had a room with en suite, comfy bed, a veranda with wooded arm chairs.
Basic but no different than the $130 place 30 minutes away. No kettle but a large clean communal kitchen aimed at backpackers Nice places to sit and enjoy your coffee with lovely people.

For where it was and what it offered it was very good value for money.
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Date of stay: February 2015
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
4.0 of 5 bubblesSleep Quality
Trip type: Travelled as a couple
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kpatel8778 wrote a review Mar 2018
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia74 contributions44 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
This place is doing things right. Stayed in a mixture of hostels and hotels throughout my time in NZ and this one was the best by far. The kitchen was lovely with everything you need and above all it was clean. Chocolate pudding at 8pm made by the manager every night was great but the best thing about the pudding was everyone was hanging out in the kitchen and on the patio waiting for it so was really easy to meet people and have a chat. I had a private room with my own shower. Basic but was very clean, good shower. Would stay again.
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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AG wrote a review Nov 2019
New Delhi, India104 contributions37 helpful votes
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Stayed here with family (4 adults) recently for one night. Picton really is a transit town that one stays in either as a base while exploring the Marlborough sounds, or to take a ferry to Wellington. For us, it was the latter and so we stayed 1 night here before taking a ferry early next morning.

Location - Convenient location, though Picton is a fairly compact town, so location should not be a problem anywhere. The lodge offers transport to the ferry port, so its convenient for those who are in the town waiting for the ferry.

Price - Very reasonably priced

Services - Decent sized rooms, clean bathrooms, average wifi, plenty of on-street parking opposite the hostel, large kitchen/ common area to cook and socialize. While the reception is not 24h, the property can make arrangements for you to check-in after hours as well (we did this). The manager was very helpful in resolving our queries about parking etc. when we reached late.

Overall, would recommend this to anyone who wants a reasonably priced accommodation for a short duration.
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Date of stay: November 2019
5.0 of 5 bubblesValue
5.0 of 5 bubblesLocation
4.0 of 5 bubblesService
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susanjusan wrote a review Mar 2018
Finland61 contributions27 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Great hostel in every way, friendly staff, very clean and cosy. I’m happy that I stayed there! Free dessert in every evening was super delicious! The bed was comfy and I slept so well. I really recommend to stay here. :)
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Date of stay: March 2018Trip type: Travelled solo
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Canterbury Tales wrote a tip Mar 2023
Wellington, New Zealand25 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
"Stick with Bluebridge Ferry Check the weather daily - it impacts Ferry crossings on Cook Straight When Sailings are cancelled - all accommodation in Picton books out."
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BrandyZhao wrote a tip Jan 2021
Lower Hutt, Wellington, New Zealand187 contributions11 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"The place is clean and spotless."
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Alan H wrote a tip Nov 2019
Lower Hutt, New Zealand182 contributions34 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Doesn't matter, they are all good."
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Karlosdajackel wrote a tip Jan 2018
Hawke's Bay Region, New Zealand55 contributions19 helpful votes
1.0 of 5 bubbles
"If your a couple pitch a tent in the park across the road it'll be more comfortable!!"
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Donna T wrote a tip Jan 2017
Auckland, New Zealand432 contributions354 helpful votes
5.0 of 5 bubbles
"Perfect Backpackers"
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PRICE RANGE
£30 - £35 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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LOCATION
New ZealandSouth IslandMarlborough RegionPicton
NUMBER OF ROOMS
18
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Frequently Asked Questions about Sequoia Lodge
Which popular attractions are close to Sequoia Lodge?
Nearby attractions include Edwin Fox Maritime Museum (0.6 miles), Picton Sound (0.5 miles), and Tirohanga Track (0.7 miles).
What are some of the property amenities at Sequoia Lodge?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include free wifi, a spa, and free parking.
Is parking available at Sequoia Lodge?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to Sequoia Lodge?
Conveniently located restaurants include Seumus' Irish Bar, Picton Village Bakkerij, and The Barn.
Is Sequoia Lodge located near the city centre?
Yes, it is 0.5 miles away from the centre of Picton.
Are there any historical sites close to Sequoia Lodge?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Edwin Fox Maritime Museum (0.6 miles).
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