Picton Travel Guide

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Picton Highlights

  • Pro
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     Small, friendly and close to many things 

  • Con
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     The water 

  • In a nutshell
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     More than just a Ferry terminal? 

Picton Things to Do

  • Edwin Fox Maritime Center

    From their website: The Edwin Fox Maritime Centre is open every day from 8.45am to 5pm (in the Summer until 6:30) at Dunbar Wharf, which is only a two minute walk along the foreshore from the Cook Strait Ferry terminal in Picton. Thousands of people visit the museum and the ship each year in its lovely setting in the Queen Charlotte Sound. To view...

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  • Queen Charlotte Sound

    Queen Charlotte Sound is the second largest sound and lies parallel to Pelorus Sound to the east. With Picton at its head it is the route for the Cook Strait ferries.Grove Arm with and its head at Okiwa Bay has especially beautiful views from Queen Charlotte Drive.The sound is well known for its beautiful scenery and activities including hiking and...

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  • Mahau Sound

    Mahau Sound is a small arm of Pelorus Sound - the largest of the Malborough Sounds. It can be reached by boat from Havelock at the head of Pelorus Sound you can travel there by car along the road to Portage Bay.

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  • Cloudy Bay winery

    A New Zealand winery started by an Aussie! There are even Eucalypts and Aussie nativres in the garden. Aussies and Kiwis are competitive over most things they have in common - even wine!Cloudy Bay has been instrumental in establishing the Marlborough wine industry with its superb Sauvignon Blanc. Although the first production in 1985 was with...

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  • Kenepuru Sound

    Kenepuru Sound is one of the larger arms of Pelorus Sound - the largest of the Malborough Sounds. It runs parallel to Queen Charlotte Sound and sometimes only a small stretch of land of a few hundred metres separates them. However there is a rather steep range to cross. The Queen Charlotte Track runs along the ridge of this range.

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  • Picton Harbour

    Picton lays claim to two harbours - there is the main harbour which is the base for the interisland ferries as well as caostal fishing and trading.Lying parallel is Shakespeare Bay which is solely a cargo port.A fantastic view of the main harbour can be seen from a lookout on the Queen Charlotte Road. It is worth leaving a bit earlier for your...

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  • Pelorus Sound

    Pelorus Sound is the largest of the Malborough Sounds - a sound is a submerged river valley rather than a fjord which is a glacial valley. The sound was first surveyed by HMS Pelorus in 1838 and takes its name from this survey. A perlorus was an instrument used for navigation on sailing ships and was istelf named after the pilot used by Hannibal...

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  • much to choose from

    sailing, boating and fishing is big in Picton, I think the little ones grow up on a boat, can sail before they can walk.Picton is not big, if you want too you can make it around in an hour or so, the Pubstops not included, exploring the sounds and with that the Dolphins is a different kettle of fish, the most beautiful in my opinion is Charlotte...

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  • SHIP COVE

    Ship Cove is situated on the west shore of Queen Charlotte Sound near the entrance and directly opposite Motuara Island. We came here by Boat on our tour. It is an important historical site as Captain Cook named the cove after anchoring his ship Endeavour there on 15 January 1770. He hoisted the British flag at the cove and on the high point of...

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  • MAILBOAT CRUISES

    The Cruise we did was aboard the Beachcomber, a 90 passenger catamaran. On the cruise we stopped and viewed a King Salmon farm. Had to laugh, there was only a cheeky Seal sitting there, even though they had tried their hardest to keep the Seals out! I bet he was doing alright! We went onto historical Ship Cove where we disembarked for 15 mins and...

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  • Picton - Waikawa Bay Track

    Running along the side of the Snout is the Picton - Waikawa Bay track. It's an easy walk and has stunning views over the Malborough Sounds from several spots. You can start the track from beside the Picton marina.

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  • Picton Garden Centre

    Beautiful and colourful Begonias, Roses, Gerbera Chrysanthemums, Cineraria, Cyclamens and BromiliadsPicton Garden Centre invites you to join the Picton Garden Centre's Garden Club. It's only $10 to join, which gives you a $10 gift voucher, and you receive 10% off on all future purchases on all stock!

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Picton Restaurants

  • Great Blue Cod

    General pub dining, friendly atmosphere and helpful staff. It is next to the Picton railway station. Mum and I both had the Fish & Chips which was famous NZ Blue Cod in a light beer batter and a homestyle Tartare Sauce. Probably a bit more expensive than I would expect but a generous serve of delicious fish.

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  • The real deal - fish and chips

    The food is very clean and very tasty. The fish that I had was very fresh and tasted good. The chips (or fries depending where you are from - pommes frites si'l vous plas). Service is quick and looking at the number of customers is also popular with the locals. Unfortunately the old place was been bulldozed down to make way for the sexy new...

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  • Gusto

    Gusto serves probably the best coffee in Picton & some nice 'quick bites'. There is a full kitchen here and it used to make all manner of meal though with the decline of Picton the options have gone. Gusto closes at 3.30pm each day so is okay only if you have an early Ferry crossing. The filled Focaccia bread is very good with several flavours to...

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  • Scottish Theme Pub

    The site where the Flying Haggis sits used to be a fantastic restaurant called the Quest. To my horror the Quest closed down and was replaced by a theme pub! The Flying Haggis has labelled itself as 'Picton's famous Scottish Pub" though it has been open for less than 2 years - must have found fame quickly! In scottish blue the pub is clean looking...

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  • Okay for a quick snack

    It looks a clean and boring place when looking in the window howvere once inside you realise that this place is more than just a cafe. There is a reasonable choice on the menu and you can bring your own wine which makes the cost a bit cheaper. There is also the option to buy a sandwich, pie or slice of something if you don't want to sit down for a...

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  • Krua Thai

    I've labeled this tip as other for the theme as VT has no Thai option!Krua Thai is one of the most cost effective places to eat in Picton other than a fast food place. You can either dine in (for a 10% increased cost) or take away. Angie & I ate in (no messy dishes to clean) and were not disappointed. The food was really good with the total cost...

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Picton Transportation

  • Interislander Ferry

    Crossing to the north with this ferry from Picton, it was a very bad weather almost everyone in that boat were sick due the big waves, was a bad experience

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  • Crossing the Cook Strait

    Picton is the port for the passenger/vehicle ferry to and from the North Island. There are two companies - InterIslander and Bluebridge. Both leave from the terminal in picton.Mum and I used the InterIslander. We decided to pay an extra $45NZ each for Premium Class. It was definitely worth it for the 4 and 1/2 hour trip. The ticket let us use the...

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  • INTERISLANDER FERRY

    To get to the North Island with our camper van, it meant catching the Interislander ferry. We made sure we arrived the night before, stayed in the caravan park ( which was rather full) and were reading for departure the next day.The ferry crosses the Cook Strait between the North and South Islands of New Zealand. The 92 km, three hour journey...

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Picton Warnings and Dangers

  • not the way to drive

    have a look at the pic, shot was taken at a roadside restplace....I suppose they had all a good time, but I hate to meet them on the road..of course it could have been a Busload of tourist, but then..I hate to be their Driver toobut what I wanna say is...don't drink and drive or you are a bloody idiotfines are high here in NZ and losing the drivers...

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  • Variable Weather 2

    And here is the other side of the coin...the bright, sunny day, just 2 1/2 hours after the Wellington mist photo.

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  • Swift weather changes

    Being from Australia, I know a fair bit about variable weather, but New Zealand really took me by surprise...sometimes all that separated a brilliantly blue sunny day with a wet, raining grey one was 30 minutes!Here's a prime example:the day we left Wellington they were forecasting 120 km/hr winds, and it took all my strength just to open the...

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Picton Tourist Traps

  • Expect to play Tourist prices

    Picton's lifeblood is the constant movement of visitors through the town as they arrive or depart on the Ferry. A consequence of this is the prices which tend to be on the high side. On a positive note you can get a few bargains as the declining number of visitors results in many stores having a few 'specials' to get people in through their...

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  • Furneaux Lodge

    If you're doing the Queen Charlotte Trek, avoid to stay at the Furneaux Lodge. At least the backpacker's section is just a shabby and dirty dump. They charge you 25NZ$ for a bed plus an additional 2$ for the shower! Better take a tent instead!

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  • Be prepared in the event of bad weather

    On the occasion of bad weather in the Strait the Inter Islander cannot cross the Strait to and from Wellington to Picton so there are many passengers stranded in Picton till the weather subsides. Accommodation can be difficult till the backlog of passengers is cleared. Book in advance if you have to overnight in Picton Take a tent

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Picton Off The Beaten Path

  • Queen Charlotte Drive - Picton to...

    When we left the ferry at Picton we were then heading towards the town of Nelson.This meant we were able to take the scenic route named Queen Charlotte Drive.This is a narrow and twisty road which runs between Picton and Havelock,a distance of about 40 km.The drive is well worth while,taking you through native forests ,several secluded bays and...

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  • It's a long way to Portage Bay

    Are you the sort of traveller that sees a road on a map and thinks - 'let's go there!' ? Well I am. I saw this road on the map when checking out the Malborough Sounds. It follows a narrow piece of land between Queen Charlotte Sound and Mahau then Kenepuru Sounds to Portage Bay and beyond. Only 25km - shouldn't take long! It took over 1 hour! It is...

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  • the Marlborough Vineyards

    from Picton to Blenheim, just a short trip and anyway on your way down south to Canterbury or Southland. stay for a while, live the good life..wine, fresh seafood, they serve Venison, Lambchopstoo..actually everything you like...you choose the wine

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Picton Sports & Outdoors

  • 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...

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  • Golf

    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...

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  • Mountain Biking

    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...

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Picton Favorites

  • Arriving in the Picton region

    As we neared Picton, it was the little speed boats and fishing craft which we saw, before we sighted the harbour. Those and huge rolling green hills, which were not as green as I was expecting though.The views were just spectacular, and I'd had no idea that so much of the cruise journey would be spent with land on both sides of us, like cruising...

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  • See the old "Echo"

    A. S. Echo1905--------1965One of the world's last remaining Hold Scows. Built in 1905, retired 1965.Stranded 15+ times, damaged 16+ times to engines, propellers and shafts.Fires in 1911 and 1920.Collisions : 7 involving 5 different vesselsSunk two times.Admission is adults $3 NZChildren $1 NZOPEN10.30 to 4.30

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Excellent High Class Restaurant and Hotel
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Fresh Baked Bread
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Picton Docks.
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Soundsair
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you arrive by Ship, mostly!
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Ferry to & from Wellington
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The best way to travel from the North Island
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Dolphin Watch Ecotours
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the Marlborough Sounds
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don't miss the fresh Seafood
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Golf at Picton
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Watch out for the Chooks?
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Mini Golf
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Coffee on a Boat
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Down on the Corner
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Where Trees go Swimming?
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Bob's bay
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The Tirohanga Track
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If you need a clean-up!
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Go for a Walk on the beach
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Try Bowls
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Great walkways
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The Ferries
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Interislander
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