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Linkwater Motel & Backpackers
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Linkwater
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Geraldine, Canterbury, New Zealand
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“Paradise outside Picton”
Reviewed 25 March 2012

Amazing clean motel in a great location with awesome views. Owners extremely friendly and helpful. Used the flash packers option and shared with friends, loads of bedrooms with shared facilities and fully stocked kitchen all at a great price.:)

Room Tip: Had a look round the rooms and they were all equally quiet and clean.
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled with friends
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Reviewed 21 March 2012

We had originally intended staying in Picton itself, however luckily we chose the Linkwater Motel. Huge room; excellent price; everything looked almost new; it is somewhere we'd defintely go back to and we regretted a bit staying just one night. If you want to explore the Marlborough Sounds then it is perfect. It is quite a brave location to build a motel since it seems to be in the middle of nowehere, but in fact the location is perfect. Great stopover before or after the ferry.

If you arrive late, get some food somewhere else first since options are very limited. Nipping into Picton for a snack was not the greatest idea since it doesn't look far on the map, but the Queen Charlotte drive is a very windy road - particularly in the dark. However the evening views over the Sounds were stupendous.

Room Tip: All of them look ok. There seems to be basically no traffic after dark anyway, but the rooms are al...
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  • Stayed March 2012, travelled as a couple
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St.Austell
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Reviewed 20 March 2012

a superb location despite being some 16 kilometres outside Picton stunning views over the surrounding countryside with a very friendly owner Beautiful rooms and only $NZ 100 per night (well below average)

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Hythe, United Kingdom
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Reviewed 30 January 2012

we very much enjoyed staying at this motel. It was a very comfortable room, very clean and the owners were extremely friendly and helpful. very quiet and fairly isolated location so you need to be organised with the groceries! Excellent location for the Queen Charlotte walk, kayaking and swimming - suited us perfectly.

  • Stayed January 2012, travelled as a couple
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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 January 2012

an excellent place to stay. Owners are very friendly and helpful. all facilities available in the studio unit. approx 12 km from picton ferry point. the view was awesome. loved the electric blankets. Overall Stay was wow...

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  • Stayed October 2011, travelled as a couple
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Tokyo, Japan
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Reviewed 9 January 2012

Stopped over at the Linkwater our first night after arriving on the Ferry. A quite and well-appointed motel in a rural location - just perfect for winding down on our first night of vacation. The hosts were extremely friendly and accommodating. Room was very clean, comfortable and had good internet access.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Napier, New Zealand
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 December 2011

When the host comes outside in the rain to greet you at 1am then shows you the room with a happy attitude and "sort the rest out in the morning" what kind of review can you give? Clean, tidy, comfortable and well needed rest. Had the room only shared amenities option. Worked great.

  • Stayed December 2011
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Additional Information about Linkwater Motel & Backpackers

Property: Linkwater Motel & Backpackers
Address: 1594 Queen Charlotte Drive | RD1, Linkwater 7281, New Zealand
Region: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Linkwater
Amenities:
Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Kitchenette Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1 Hotels in Linkwater
Price Range (Based on Average Rates): £
Hotel Class:3.5 star — Linkwater Motel & Backpackers 3.5*
Number of rooms: 21
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
Linkwater motel offers rural country accommodation 21km from Picton. Free WIFI and off street parking as well as plenty of room to park boats and trailers is provided. Continental breakfast is available daily. The rooms range from self-contained studios and family units. All units have a kitchenette with a benchtop 2 hob stove for cooking. Linkwater Motel is 5km from the start of the Queen Charlotte Walk Track and the half way point for the Link Pathway Walk & Cycle Track. The Motel can book tickets for the interislander ferry as well as other local tours and nature activities, including scenic and mussel farm cruises, wine tours and nature walks. ... more   less 
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