Friendly, convenient and affordable accommodation in Picton

Self-contained apartment | Backpacker dorms | Private rooms | Even a cosy caravan!

We're just 3 minutes walk from the Bluebridge Ferry terminal and 15 minutes from the Interislander.  Free pickup available.

A Picton hostel like no other in a tranquil seaside village. The closest accommodation provider for all users of the Bluebridge ferry and vehicle users of the Interislander. Tombstone Backpackers Picton offer free pickups/dropoffs on request and the chance to relax and refuel in a little oasis of calm.

Owner/managers of the hostel, Gary and Nikki live on site and are able to help plan a regenerating stay in their town and surrounds. Fun can be cheap, Picton is proof of this. Explore one of New Zealand’s finest wine counties – Marlborough – with door-to-door drop-off service from your Picton hostel. For the more adventurous explore the bays and inlets of Queen Charlotte Sound with your choice of single or multi-day bushwalking/tramping trips.


Stop searching for hostels in Picton, we have you covered

Tombstone Backpackers Picton offers something a little more special to those that appreciate both aspects of old and new in NZ. Come and experience the homely feel and warmth of our unique-in-Picton hostel situated in a 100 year old villa. In our fully-featured budget hostel, our guests can relax, play music, have a game of pool, table tennis, darts or a work out on the gym equipment. You may like to quietly read a book in our sun room, or simply gaze out to sea from our wonderful covered deck or spa pool (may be subject to seasonal demand). When you are ready to retire for the day... retreat to your private or shared room in our modern accommodation building.

Included in price!

Free breakfast (8-9:30am)

Fresh homemade scones daily

Unlimited WiFi (all rooms)

Access to free bicycles

Outdoor spa

Pick up/drop off (on request)

Special offer

Receive free preferential parking and room choice (where possible) when you book directly with us! We'll also waive the surcharge if you pay via credit card!

Excellent range of rooms available

With everything from self-contained apartments to six and eight-bed bunk rooms and prices starting at $26 per night, we have an option to suit everyone. Cheap accommodation, with even our most budget rooms designed to be warm and make you feel at home.


Best budget accommodation in Picton!

Make Tombstone Backpackers a pit-stop on your next journey, wherever your destination. From the moment you step through the door Gary and Nikki will try to make your stay as fun and fulfilling as possible. Call us today on (03) 573 7116. Other Picton, NZ hostels can’t compare – there’s nothing as relaxing as a stay at the Tombstone.


Self-contained apartment

Queen rooms
(with ensuite)

Queen & Twin rooms
(shared bathrooms)

Family rooms
(with ensuite)

Double room
(with single beds)

6 bed bunk rooms


"13th most unique backpacker hostel in New Zealand."

— Backpackers Guide

"My partner and I stayed recently. I was apprehensive due to the cheap price and being a backpackers. I was pleasantly surprised at how superb it was. The room was clean, comfortable and private. The amenities were excellent and the place had a friendly, safe feeling."
— Aroha, Feb 2020


"Super clean room and very helpful staff. They also have pool table, table tennis, free bikes, little gym and yes, a spa pool which is such a treat for budget travelers. Freshly baked scones in breakfast for free! Highly recommended."
— Anshulg, Aug 2019