Picton is the perfect place to base a holiday in the Marlborough region, or as a start point for the Queen Charlotte Track. It is also the first port of call for visitors travelling on an interisland ferry from Wellington to the South Island. The area is rich in maritime and Maori history, which can be explored at Picton's museum with its many historical artefacts. Picton has a fine selection of arts and crafts outlets and many cafes where you can sit outdoors and enjoy the sunny atmosphere.
On the foreshore you will find the scenic cruise boats, a sea kayaking company, small boat and bike hire, the mini-golf course, the aquarium ('hands-in' for the brave!), and the community museum. At the Edwin Fox museum is the hull of this India-built teak ship constructed in 1853, making it the ninth oldest ship in the world. Its 47 years of maritime service ended in Picton in 1900. The ship is in a purpose-built museum at Dunbar Wharf.
There are over 40 cellar doors in the Marlborough region, with closest one less than five minutes’ drive from Picton. Why not take advantage of a pre-arranged wine tour with a local operator and visit a selection of the region’s top wine producers. You can map out your own route: self-drive, travel in style in a chauffeur- driven car or mix your daily exercise with your tasting in a cycle tour. Whichever mode of transport you choose be sure to stop at a winery restaurant along the way.
Make your next holiday in Picton and take advantage of all that Marlborough has to offer.