Cascading mountains surround the harbour of this beautiful seaside town, located in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds.
Millions of visitors pass through Picton each year using the ferry terminal that connects New Zealand’s north and south islands. This harbour town is much more than a transit point, however. Discover its charming atmosphere, its proximity to Queen Charlotte Sound and its bars and restaurants where you can sample some of New Zealand’s best wines.
If you’re arriving by ferry the first thing you’ll notice about the town is the attractive Picton Harbour. Few towns in the world boast such a stunning waterfront precinct, so it’s no wonder that this area is lined by restaurants and cafés. Find a seat outside to enjoy a meal overlooking the water. Admire the mountains as they plummet towards the still and protected harbour. Located in the north of New Zealand’s famous Marlborough wine region, Picton is an ideal place to indulge in a glass of sauvignon blanc or chardonnay.
The town is named after a Welsh military general and has a moving War Memorial. During your exploration of the town stop at the memorial to pay your respects to those who fell to protect the way of life New Zealanders cherish.
Picton is a great launching pad for exploring the Marlborough Sounds that surround it. Board a chartered boat cruise or sign up for a kayak tour to explore the waters surrounding Picton, including the nearby Mabel Island. Venture across land from Picton to reach the Nelson Lakes National Park or embark on the gruelling Queen Charlotte Track to see the impressive Queen Charlotte Sound.
Picton is located on the north-eastern tip of the South Island. Mountains surround the town, protecting it from the elements, resulting in weather that is reasonably reliable year-round, at least by New Zealand standards. Find a range of accommodation and services throughout the town. Reach Picton by ferry from New Zealand’s North Island or by rail, bus or car from major towns on the South Island.