Picton

Travel Guide
Picton Harbour showing a coastal town, a marina and a bay or harbour

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.

High Street Living Motel
High Street Living Motel
3.5 out of 5
45 High Street, Picton
The price is AU$92 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
Situated by the sea, this motel is steps away from Picton War Memorial and Picton Museum. Picton Harbour and Picton Foreshore are also within 5 minutes.
4.3/5Excellent! (282 reviews)
"Very cute motel, very tidy inside with nice decor"

Reviewed on 24 Jul. 2021

High Street Living Motel
Picton Yacht Club Hotel
Picton Yacht Club Hotel
3.5 out of 5
25 Waikawa Road, Marlborough, Picton
The price is AU$124 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Picton Harbour and Picton War Memorial. Picton Museum and Waitohi Recreational Reserve are ...
3.8/5Good! (987 reviews)
"Spacious room with a great view. The bathroom has been updated, the rest of the room needs updating too, especially the bed and the heater. Check in was easy and staff were friendly."

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2021

Picton Yacht Club Hotel
Harbour View Motel
Harbour View Motel
4.5 out of 5
30 Waikawa Road, Picton
The price is AU$106 per night from 22 Sep. to 22 Sep.
Located in the heart of Picton, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Picton Harbour and Picton Ferry Terminal. Picton War Memorial and Picton Museum are ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (594 reviews)
"Good location"

Reviewed on 27 Jul. 2021

Harbour View Motel
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Waikawa Bay Holiday Park
Waikawa Bay Holiday Park
2 out of 5
5 Waimarama Street, Picton
The price is AU$68 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
Located in Waikawa, this campsite is within 1 mile (2 km) of Victoria Domain and Waikawa Marina. Mabel Island and Picton Harbour are also within 3 miles (5 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (96 reviews)
Wonderful
"Very welcoming. Great accommodation. Kids loved the pool and we the peace and quiet. Thanks"

Reviewed on 27 Feb. 2021

Waikawa Bay Holiday Park
Picton Waterfront Apartments
Picton Waterfront Apartments
4 out of 5
3/6 London Quay, Picton, Marlborough
The price is AU$202 per night from 20 Sep. to 20 Sep.
Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is steps away from Picton War Memorial and Picton Museum. Picton Harbour and Picton Foreshore are ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (187 reviews)
"Very clean, stocked with nice crockery and appliances…everything was excellent."

Reviewed on 1 Aug. 2021

Picton Waterfront Apartments
Waikawa Landing Studio Apartment in Picton, Gateway to the Marlbourough Sounds
Waikawa Landing Studio Apartment in Picton, Gateway to the Marlbourough Sounds
15 Ranui St, Picton, Marlborough
The price is AU$123 per night from 1 Oct. to 1 Oct.
Located in Waikawa, this apartment building is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Victoria Domain and 2.2 mi (3.5 km) from Picton Ferry Terminal. Mabel Island and Waikawa ...
5/5Exceptional! (13 reviews)
Great wee space
"Great place to stay. Lovely place with nice art and amenities. Lovely and quiet. Close to nice walking tracks"

Reviewed on 6 Aug. 2021

Waikawa Landing Studio Apartment in Picton, Gateway to the Marlbourough Sounds
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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