The Qualmark four-star units at Whatamonga Homestay have been custom-built for guests with kitchenettes and balconies overlooking the sea.Whatamonga is a sheltered bay just a short, 10 minute drive from Picton. From the lounge you can watch the ferries pass and hear fish splash. A water taxi can pick you up from the jetty if you want to do a cruise around the Sounds or get transport to the Queen Charlotte Track. A private jetty, kayaks, a dinghy, and golf clubs are available to guests. Kids are welcome by prior arrangement. Price quoted is for the minimum two night stay.
Jul 10, 2011
We spent three nights at this lovely homestay during our latest three week driving tour of the South Island. Our goal was to find quiet accommodation on the outskirts of Picton, and Whatamonga Homestay suited us perfectly. From the moment we drove down the steep driveway until the minute we said our final good-bye, we felt completely at home and spoiled by owner Colette. The first thing we noticed upon entering our self-contained unit (#2)
was the stunning view of the Marlborough Sounds from the floor to ceiling windows covering an entire wall. WOW. From our private balcony we could see the Interislander ferries crossing the straight to and from Picton. We found the unit compact, but spotless, comfortable and impressively well-equipped. It’s an open plan studio unit, with king sized bed, small lounge area, kitchenette and separate bathroom. It contained everything we needed plus many thoughtful extra touches; fresh fruit, cookies, candies, bottled water, bathrobes, extra towels, natural personal care products, you name it. The place is nicely decorated, and finished to a high standard, right down to the linens and towels. Although we visited during the winter, we were warm and cozy. We joined Colette in her home for a cooked breakfast and good conversation every morning. She is truly a lovely woman and a fantastic hostess. I can't recommend this homestay enough, it's a real gem.