Why Picton

Picton is easily accessed from Wellington by Interislander or Bluebridge ferries via Cook Strait & Queen Charlotte Sound. Alternatively, Sounds Air   fly you  Wellington to Picton or Air New Zealand Wellington to Blenheim.

The spectacular Coastal Pacific train journey from Christchurch to Picton along the Pacific coast is not to be missed.

Many bus companies also travel from Christchurch or Nelson to Picton.

Car hire companies are conveniently located at Picton Interisland Ferry Terminal.
Jeanne and Carl are happy to offer courtesy transfers by prior arrangement.

The picturesque seaside town of Picton is your ideal base to explore Marlborough. Make sure you don't miss out on your cruise through calm, turquoise waters & secluded coves of Queen Charlotte Sound with one of the following local boat companies:

Let us help you arange your fishing excursion, diving or sailing charter.

Stretch your legs,on our world renowned, picturesque Queen Charlotte Track. Walkers, kayakers and mountain bikers can be guided or dropped off and picked up by boat at key areas of the track.To make it happen choose from any of the following:

Picton's foreshore has many attractions, including:

  • Visiting one of the oldest wooden sailing ships in the world, the tea clipper,  Edwin Fox.
  • EcoWorld Aquarium. Get up close and meet some of New Zealand's amazing animals.
  • Steamboat cruise around Picton Harbour and Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary.
  • Heritage walk around the Picton Foreshore.
  • Try your skills at mini golf.
  • Picton Cinemas arthouse cinemas as a wet weather alternative.
  • Swimming on the waterfront.
  • Picton Museum is well worth a visit with displays and artifacts of early Picton including interesting displays of local Maori and settlers.
  • Local Art and Craft trail.
  • Picton Floatplane Service - Wellington to Marlborough Sounds and Scenic Flights.

Picton offers many excellent restaurants, cafés, craft and gift shops.
The Diversion Art Gallery on the Picton waterfront - Contempory fine art by prominent, senior New Zealand artists such as Don Binney, Michael Smither, Grahame Sydney and JS Parker. 10 London Quay Picton.Picton's award winning winery, Johanneshof Cellars featuring New Zealand's first underground rock cellar is just 10 minutes drive from town. Drive Havelock to Picton via the stunning scenery of Queen Charlotte Drive.

Picton walking & mountainbike tracks

There are many trails and tracks offering a different perspective of Picton port town.
Victoria Domain has access to many walking options from along the foreshore to Bob's Bay, or the Snout track. 

The Picton to Waikawa Bay track is very popular with locals and visitors.
Essons Valley has a gentle grade to either the Barnes or Humphries Dams, through unspoilt river valley of indigenous forests.
For those who prefer a more challenging hike, the Tirohanga Track offers spectacular vistas overlooking Picton and the Queen Charlotte Sound.
There is also an abundance of local mountain bike tracks, from gentle to challenging.
 

Dining Out....

Le Café, the restaurant with one of the best waterfront views in Picton
Cafe Cortado  South American flair, overlooking Queen Charlotte Sound
Gusto in Main Street for lunch in the sun.
 

Marlborough and surrounding areas....

A must for wine lovers is a visit to one of the world's finest wine producing regions, showcasing award winning Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Easily accessable by self driving or choose one of the specialist wine tour companies, who will collect you from McCormick House.

Jeanne and Carl often visit local wineries to learn more and are also happy to share their wine knowledge with you.

Wineries offering lunch among the vines include: Alan Scott, Brancott, Highfield, Rock Ferry, Wairau River and Herzog's.

  • Omaka Aviation Heritage centre - One of the World's largest collections of WW1 aircraft.
  • Marlborough boutique breweries include Rennaisance and Moa beers.
  • Molesworth Tour Company - Unique tours of New Zealand's largest high country station.
  • Driftwood Eco Tours - 4wd specialist birdwatching and nature tours.

Earthquake Update 1st February 2017:

Access update
State Highway 1, south from Kaikoura, is open during daylight hours.
Night time restrictions will apply until all slip faces have been stabilised and traffic signals installed.

Kaikoura Inland Route 70 is open for unrestricted 24/7 travel.
For full details and exact timings of restrictions please check the NZTA website for the latest travel information for the region.

The SH1 road and rail link north of Kaikoura will still be out of action for
a few months, with many slips involving major rail and road repairs.

Alternative routes to Christchurch are available via the Lewis(SH7) or Arthurs Pass (SH73). Please check your travel times.
Hanmer Springs is proving a popular stopover for northbound travellers.

Christchurch has minimal damage and all major airports are operating.
Blenheim (Woodbourne) airport is operating local flights to Christchurch, Kaikoura, Wellington and Auckland.
Picton (Koromiko) airport is also operating to Wellington normally.

North - South InterIsland Ferries are running as normal.
Queen Charlotte Track is open, as are local boat tour companies.

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