I've just been back through here and must comment on the golfing option in Picton. The course is located 6kms up the road in Koromiko and is a wee cracker. With plenty of hilly bits, some water and some good testing greens the Picton club is worth a go. The cost is $25 if you are not an affiliated memeber in NZ and this reduces down to $12 if you are. Golf equipment is handy if you have it - a bit hard without it!!
At the northern tip of the South Island, Picton is an attractive but bland town that serves best as a stopping point on the way to or from the North Island or for exploring the nearby Marlborough Sounds and for visiting the Marlborough wine region. One of the few things I wish I had done and didn’t while in New Zealand is hike the Queen Charlotte Track, a multi-day hike that emanates near Picton. Other than using Picton as a base for such a hike, I really can’t recommend spending more than a day or two here as there are simply much more interesting places further south.
A drive around the coast near Picton.
"Out and about Picton"
If you have a few hours spare in Picton. This is one way of filling them in and looking at some lesser known sights.
From Picton take the Waikara road to start your trip. The first bay is Waikawa which would be nice for a dip in the summer. Next is Karaka Point from where views of Queen Charlotte Sound can be had.
"Over the hill"
After Karaka Bay you start to climb quite a steep hill. Keep on going because the rest of the trip is well worth the effort. Port Underwood can be viewed from the top. There is a carpark here to pull into and admire the scenery.
"And to the bays"
Continue on down the hill and the next bay is Tom Crane Bay. A wonderful spot to stop for a break an a cup of tea if you remembered to bring a thermos. There are no shops for the main part of the trip.
"Whale days gone by."
The next bay is Ocean Bay. This was once a whaling station in days gone by. The whale pot is a memento of those days.