The Portage Resort Hotel is tucked into a wide, quiet bay, and is an ideal base for both outdoor enthusiasts and those looking for a peaceful retreat.
Raetihi Lodge, Picton, New Zealand
Hidden away in a secluded bay in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, Raetihi Lodge offers peace, tranquility and comfort in stunning surroundings. Each of the 14 guest rooms opens out onto a private deck and you can choose from hillside rooms, those with a garden view or the ever popular sea view rooms, which boast magnificent views out to Kenepuru Sound. All the en suite rooms feature fluffy towels and bath robes, heated towel rails and have individual heating for cooler evenings.
Guests can enjoy excellent walking along scenic shores or fishing in the Sounds before relaxing back at the lodge with a glass of wine from the wide regional and international selection. There is also a sauna and spa pool and on-site aromatherapy massage for tired limbs. We always include the cooked breakfast option in our rates, which is perfect to set you up for the days exploring, and recommend that guests enjoy the delightful cuisine available for evening meals.
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Alternative places to stay nearby
Where possible, we like to offer a range of accommodation for each stop of your trip, chosen by our specialists as some of their favorite places to stay. To help you make the right choice, we give each property a rating based on its facilities and service, but we also look for hotels with distinct character or a location that can’t be bettered.
Experiences while staying here
The following activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences of the area where you’re staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident’s eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can also suggest outdoor pursuits and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the traditions of the area’s inhabitants.
Linking the port of Picton with the city of Christchurch, the Coastal Pacific railway offers a fantastic opportunity to discover the east coast of the South Island.
Take a gentle cruise through the beautiful inner Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds, enjoying the scenery whilst learning about the history of mussel farming in the area, with commentary from your knowledgeable guide.
Over the course of the trip you will learn about Maori culture and history, and enjoy the amazing bio-diversity of the Sounds whilst slowly sailing round the sheltered inland waterways.
Board the motor launch that will take you to famous Ship Cove where Captain Cook visited five times to reprovision his ship. From Ship Cove the track climbs, giving you unsurpassed views to the North Island.