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Tombstone Backpackers
Ranked #2 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Picton
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Edinburgh
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19 reviews
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“One of the best hostels I've EVER stayed in!”
Reviewed March 12, 2013

This smallish hostel is situated overlooking the Picton harbour, well kept garden area with loungers available for your pleasure. Dorm rooms good sized, with new furnishings (beds and matching linens!) Free breakfast consisting cereal, toast, fresh baked cheese scones. Free tea/coffee available 24/7. Free use of hot tub, free bike usage, free internet access via onsite computer or wifi in communal areas, free dvd library. Plenty of tourist info available, very friendly and helpful staff. Well stocked & good sized kitchen, laundry facilities available. Shuttle pick up available from ferry terminals (but walkable in 10mins).

Can't recommend this hostel highly enough... really is one of the best I've stayed in, wouldn't hesitate to book here again!

  • Stayed March 2013, traveled solo
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Vancouver BC
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Reviewed March 10, 2013

Excellent facility and well-run. Gordon picked us up at the ferry and was the consumate host. I don't think there's much that could be added to the operation: clean, efficient, quiet, walking distance to the town centre, free breakfast; what more could you ask?
I'm 60+ so while I'm flexible, I like my creature comforts, and the Tombstone had them.

Room Tip: Can't think of any tips; the entire facility seemed just fine.
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  • Stayed March 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wokingham, United Kingdom
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Reviewed March 8, 2013

This is the best hostel we stayed in across NZ and would recommend it to anyone. Not only is it quirky, really taking on its position opposite a graveyard but in an amuzing way, but it had the highest standards we saw and was the best value for money.

Graham and Lynne were really friendly and have got a great idea of what backpackers need. There is free breakfast every morning, including fresh home made scones, milk provided for the free tea and coffee, but also they had free laundry and bikes. As this hostel was slightly further out of town than many others, the free bikes were a great idea, but even walking is just fifteen minutes away. They offer free pick up and drop off from the boat terminal which is really handy.

The rooms were done to a really high standard. Incredibly clean and a clever use of space. In our private double room, we also had a balcony shared with one other room (although we didn't see anyone) which had a great view over Picton itself.

Highly recommended!

  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia
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Reviewed March 4, 2013

This is the best hostel out of the seven backpacker lodges I stayed at in NZ. Tombstone Backpackers is a walkable distance from the Picton Ferry but they do shuttles upon request. Rooms are clean and comfortable, and the bunk beds are wooden and solid so there will be no creaking or shaking when you or your roomies decide it's time to climb into bed! Free wifi is available AND there is a computer with internet if you don't have an internet enabled device. I was impressed by the hot tub, but really felt the love when I woke up to freshly baked cheese scones, courtesy of the owner, for breakfast (cereal and toast also provided).

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled solo
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Cardiff
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12 reviews
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Reviewed March 1, 2013

We only stayed one night here, it was more like a hotel or B&B. Rooms exceptionally well presented, very new and clean facilities with plenty of bathrooms. Fabulous setting with rooms and covered leisure area overlooking the ferry port (lovely view of the sound). Free breakfast in the morning too.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled with friends
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Bikeray
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Reviewed February 26, 2013

We had a wonderful stay at Tombstone Backpackers in Picton. Linda treated us well with fresh scones in the morning, free internet, darts, exercise equipment, TV room, Garden Room, free shuttle .... The list goes on! It's located right next to the Blueridge ferry. We stayed two nights in an ensuite. Clean, nicely decorated. We enjoyed our stay very much

Room Tip: Any of the ensuites are very nicely decorated and have a view from the sliding window
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  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
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Wanaka, New Zealand
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28 reviews
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

My boyfriend and I stayed at Tombstone for 5 nights in total (not all at once) 2 nights were first spent in a double ensuite and this was perfect for us. Spacious room and free breakfast too. Yummy cheese scones, bet get them quick before they all go!
The internet s not very good and you can only use it in the common room, we like to access the web in the rooms. The kitchen area is very clan and tidy. The lounge area is like every other hostel lounge, a mish mash of colours and different sofas but this is what you'd expect.
The second time we stayed for 3 nights and 1 night was in the apartment (they upgraded us for same price as double ensuite) it was excellent. Own lounge, kitchen bathroom and bedroom and good very of the ferry. The other 2 nights we stayed in the double room with shared facilities and it was still great. Bathrooms across the hall and kept clean. They also have a hot tub which overlooks the ferry terminal and is a lovely spot.
All in all its my fave one and the hosts were lovely.

Room Tip: Apartment has air con, but the others do not
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  • Stayed January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Property: Tombstone Backpackers
Address: 16 Gravesend Place, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Location: New Zealand > South Island > Marlborough Region > Picton
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Ranked #2 of 26 Specialty Lodging in Picton
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Number of rooms: 14
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