Picton Golf Club
A nice 9 hole course which isn't too hard. The first hole is a par 4 tricky dog leg left and the next a par 3 hitting down hill. There are a couple of par 5's that are not too long and most of the trouble is on numbers 1, 3 and 4 (unless you hook then also watch out for 6 as well.
The views of the surrounding hills are quite nice and the course is normally kept in good condition. The are often swirling winds due to the hills so you may find yourself playing into the wind more than you though thtat you might.
The websire below has plenty of pictures so you can get a feel for the place.
Equipment: The cost was $15 (though the website says $10!). You will need your own clubs though the club may be able to help you here if you ring ahead.
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.
Equipment: Golf equipment is handy if you have it - a bit hard without it!!
There are several options around Picton for the MTB enthusiast. A few tracks on the Snout are either shared or MTB only tracks. All cater for the more or less experienced rider. A better option for those wanting plenty of saddle time is the Queen Charlotte walkway which is open to MTB's for a limit part of each year - check with walk operators for annual specifics.
Equipment: Bike & safety gear plus food, water & repair stuff
Golf at Picton
The course at Koromiko looks like a goody. I didn't have any clubs so just walked the course - I got funny looks from the green-keeper but all sweet otherwise. The cost is $15 per round on this 9 hole course - you play the white tees to start & finish on the blue.
The Picton Bowls club, I am reliably informed, is the friendliest club in NZ and welcome all visitors. You can stop in for a roll-up and stay for a quiet drink - so as to assist in whetting your pallete to allow you to pontificate on the wonders of the game of bowls. For those of you who saw the movie Crackerjack - beware stories of Sir Frances Drake, swear jars and sub committees.
Equipment: Try to be wearing white and court shoes. You should be able to loan some bowls.
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If you have never dived before and would like to take a look at what lies beneath the surface why not do a Try-Dive.
They offer you some limited training in their pool and a dive in the ocean with one of their trained professionals.
Equipment: All gear and transport is provided.
Hiking on the Queen Charlotte
Immerse yourself in the area's natural charms by exploring the Queen Charlotte Track.
The 67km spectacular walking track, stretching from historic Ship Cove to Anakiwa, passes through lush coastal forest, around coves and inlets, and along skyline ridges offering breathtaking views of the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds.
You can walk the entire track over four days or enjoy a short walk depending on your timetable.
Equipment: Just ensure you are well prepared. As for any walk in New Zealand, always you take sturdy, broken-in footwear, a warm jersey, a parka and a water bottle. If you are staying overnight, take a tent. Always make sure you tell someone responsible where you are going and when you expect to return.
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