AAA Marlin Motel

Motel / Picton

If you are looking for more than just a bed and a parking space... The AAA Marlin Motel Picton, is situated on nearly two acres of lawns and gardens in a quiet street, right in Picton - a vibrant seaside village in the Marlborough Sounds. A Motel with character, room to relax, and the peace to do so.

AAA Marlin Motel is on 1 1/2 acres which has been planted in over 100 native trees and shrubs, as well as 30 non certified organic citrus trees. The gardens have been designed with a mix of bark and river stones to replicate the terrain of the region; being the native bush and river beds, and plenty of lawns. This is also replicated with the native plantings, contrasted with the renowned grapes and olives of the region.

Native species include: Kowhai, Punga, Flax, Pittosporum, Kohuhu, Mapou, Tarata, Karo, Manuka, Kakabeak, NZ Iris, Ti Kouka (NZ Cabbage Tree), Karaka , Rimu, Horoeka (Lancewood), Miro , and Akeake chosen for their ability to attract birds [especially Tuis, Bellbirds, Tauhou (silvereyes) and the occasional Kereru (native wood pigeon)], provide fragrance and colour, and for the noise reduction as some species become hedging. Citrus includes: Lemons, Lemonade, Lime, Grapefruit, and Uglifruit. Whilst the grapevines are in the main the Malbec; a grape used in winemaking,yet sweet to eat.

Peter and Karen MacDonald are born and bred South Islanders who choose to call the AAA Marlin Motel, Picton home.
They have run the motel since 1998, and enjoyed a love affair with the Marlborough Sounds region for many years previously.

"It's so diverse here and the area has become a magnet for people from all over the world who love and appreciate life," they say.

"We want people to feel they've had a warm, friendly stay in their home away from home, and leave feeling they've had a real holiday"

The most popular hosts at AAA Marlin Motel are actually Bizalom and Szandek, our Hungarian Viszla dogs who love to meet everyone.

Contact Us

33 Devon St, Picton

Phone: 0800-100-784
Fax: 03-5736987


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Free Wireless Internet (200mb) Spacious units and Grounds Large Safe Play area Easy Parking Less than 1km from Ferry Terminals Easy walking to Cafes & Shopping Views of Bush clad hills Range of units to suit most needs Online bookings at

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