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The Portage

2923 Kenepuru Road, Picton 7282 New Zealand
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#9 of 18 hotels in Picton
Base yourself at THE PORTAGE and experience the best Marlborough has to offer. We are an ideal 2 or 3 night stay so that you can enjoy winery tours in and around Blenheim and Picton, cruising the Marlborough Sounds, walking New Zealand's famous Queen Charlotte Track, wildlife eco tours, or sea kayaking , fishing and sailing on Kenepuru Sound. Let us know your favourite adventure activity when you book and we'll arrange it for you. Food options range from quality restaurant dining featuring seafood to a cafe overlooking the spectacular Sounds view. Located 10 minutes walk from the acclaimed Queen Charlotte Track, THE PORTAGE offers a selection of accommodation from our premium Kowhai suites to two story villas and hillside sea view rooms as well as a few budget rooms. THE PORTAGE RESORT HOTEL's central location in Marlborough makes it easy to reach from all over New Zealand. Access is easy - its only 15 minutes from Picton by boat or 1.25 hours by road. Blenheim Airport has multiple flights from the major cities of Auckland, Wellington or Christchurch, every day. THE PORTAGE is your Marlborough accommodation base to explore the magic of the Marlborough Sounds on the south island of New Zealand.
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Property amenities
Free parking
Paid wifi
Bar / lounge
Shuttle bus service
Meeting rooms
Pool with view
Outdoor pool
Complimentary tea
Baggage storage
Non-smoking hotel
Outdoor furniture
Picnic area
Sun terrace
Laundry service
Self-serve laundry
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Room features
Private balcony
Seating area
Flatscreen TV
Bath / shower
Hair dryer
Room types
Non-smoking rooms
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Great View
Harbour View
Languages Spoken
English, French, Spanish, German and 1 more
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Dawn Harris wrote a review 5 May
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We were greeted with warmth and friendliness upon arrival after tramping from Punga Cove some 23 km. The room was spacious and very comfortable. The food and service in the evening was excellent. At breakfast we experience the same high quality of food and service. Upon leaving the following morning for the next part of our tramp, the staff could not have been friendlier. We felt like we were very special during the entire stay.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: Rooms overlooking the Sound is special.
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Ian S wrote a review 3 May
108 contributions34 helpful votes
We stayed here for one night while walking the Queen Charlotte Track (a double room and also a 5 bed 2 bedroom suite). Sadly the quality of some things was not what we expected… The rooms were pretty tired and old (the 5 bed suite was pretty cold at night with very limited heating options). We had mixed feelings from dining in the restaurant but a couple of people were really disappointed: * entrees were generally good. They did a delicious seafood chowder and the calamari was good too, but the scallops were a bit disappointing. * mains were not great: ribs were OK, vegetarian lasagne very average, chicken caesar salad was really not good (the chicken was so tough/dry it was pretty much inedible – multiple people tried and ended up spitting it out), and the pan-fried market fish was also shocking – it was so dry and overcooked that again multiple tried it and were shocked by its bad cooking and needless to say that didn’t get finished. There were some positives though: - the location / setting is just wonderful (a 700m walk down a relatively steep road from the Queen Charlotte Track). We had really nice views out onto the trees and water. - the staff were all very professional and helpful - the buffet breakfast was really excellent (both the continental and the cooked) So some good stuff and some disappointing stuff – generally not of the standard we expected it to be.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Calum Evans wrote a review Apr 2021
Wellington, New Zealand4 contributions
Awesome weekend getaway in paradise. A true slice of heaven. Picked up a stunning Tui Room for 2 days through Grab-one, and did not disappoint. Spacious, clean and sunny room with an awesome balcony view of the sound. Comfy bed with plenty of amenities. Excellent location, complimented by excellent staff and customer service. Special mention to some of the Rockstar's that made our trip truly memorable. Harry down at the Snapper Bar spoiled us with delicious food and drinks, as well displaying impeccable knowledge and recommendations on local spots to visit around the hotel (would highly recommend Punga Cove). Jamie was a workhorse in the restaurant at breakfast, keeping the large selection of buffet breakfast fresh and topped up. He also makes a banging cinnamon latte. Lily and Caitlin seemed to never stop working! Providing true 5 star service at both Front office and the Restaurant during dinner service. Check-In was swift and smooth. Help with the kayaks and SUP's was highly appreciated and they both made the trip completely problem free. Hats off to the team and credit to all where its due. Couldn't have asked for a better team to take care of my partner and I. Please keep it up, as you all compliment an already stunning hotel.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Room Tip: Room 3 has the best ocean view from balcony and bedroom
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SueP wrote a review Apr 2021
7 contributions
We had a wonderful couple of days at Portage soaking up the views, going for walks, and relaxing. There is a pool as well as the sea, and lots to do, from paddle boarding and kayaking, to fishing, indoor & outdoor games, & exploring the sounds by boat. The staff were friendly and welcoming and we also enjoyed chatting to other guests. Our room had sumptuous views, a sunny deck to sit on, a super King bed and ensuite & was very comfortable. It struck the balance between being luxurious, and family friendly. Eating a lovely meal while watching the sunset was special. We will definitely be back!
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Date of stay: April 2021Trip type: Travelled as a couple
Maree R wrote a review Apr 2021
Christchurch, New Zealand627 contributions182 helpful votes
We purchased a Grab One voucher for 2 nights and ended up in a Tui Room. Comfy bed, nice hot shower and a balcony looking back over the main building and jetty, nice view, the rooms at the other end would have better water views) We ate at the restaurant with mixed experiences, there is nowhere else close, The mussels were delicious and with a side of chips was plenty for the 2 of us. The fish of the day was snapper and it was not good at all, we were offered free desert and the lemon cheesecake was great. Drinks were pretty reasonable which was pleasing. Nice place for a couple of days to unwind.
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Date of stay: April 2021
Sleep Quality
US$76 - US$151 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
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Frequently Asked Questions about The Portage
Which popular attractions are close to The Portage?
Nearby attractions include Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre (4.3 km), Karaka Point Walk (6.6 km), and Lochmara Lodge Arts Centre (4.7 km).
What are some of the property amenities at The Portage?
Some of the more popular amenities offered include a pool, an on-site restaurant, and a lounge.
What food & drink options are available at The Portage?
Guests can enjoy an on-site restaurant, a lounge, and complimentary tea during their stay.
Is parking available at The Portage?
Yes, free parking is available to guests.
What are some restaurants close to The Portage?
Conveniently located restaurants include Lochmara Cafe, Jolly Roger Restaurant & Bar, and The Portage.
Are there opportunities to exercise at The Portage?
Yes, guests have access to a pool during their stay.
Are any cleaning services offered at The Portage?
Yes, laundry service and self serve laundry are offered to guests.
Which languages are spoken by the staff at The Portage?
The staff speaks multiple languages, including English, Spanish, French, German, and Italian.
Are there any historical sites close to The Portage?
Many travellers enjoy visiting Edwin Fox Maritime Museum (10.0 km).
Does The Portage have any great views?
Yes, guests often enjoy the harbour view available here.