Picton - the perfect place to stop

Picton, is a picturesque port town which offers the perfect place to use as a base for experiencing the Marlborough Sounds

Picton, nestled at the head of the famous Queen Charlotte Sound has bloosomed from being a picturesque sea port town into a hub of tourism activity. With its growth it has managed to keep the relaxed atmosphere and friendliness that made it a privilege to grow up here.

Picton offers the perfect location to use as a launching pad to experience all that the Queen Charlotte Sound offers; jump on a mail boat cruise, take an eco tour to Motuara Island bird sanctuary, kayak in the tranquil waters of Anakiwa or spend the day at a lodge enjoying the local seafood.

The town itself offers a range of activities for families and the young at heart, head down to the foreshore for an afternoon of swimming either in the sea or for the smaller family members; the famous Donald Duck paddling pool that has cooled the feet of adults and toddlers for over 40 years. At the Western side of the foreshore is Ecoworld Aquarium, New Zealand’s third largest and home to Blue Penquins, Kakariki, Tuataras and more. Picton’s Mini Golf course is also located at the foreshore and after over 100 visits has still not lost its appeal or its challenge.

We have a range of walkways in and around Picton with varying degrees of difficulty and all offering spectacular views. A favourite of mine has always been the walk up Essons valley to the towns damn as a majority of the walk is under a canopy of native bush alive with birdsong or at night awash with the lights of glow worms. Karaka Point is another well visited spot where you can take a 10 minute walk to the water’s edge and experience views over the Queen Charlotte Sound.

It is easy to spend an afternoon leisurely walking around the shops which offer a range of arts and crafts, including jewellery, paintings from local artist Keith Reed and Rick Edmonds, green stone carvings and handmade wood products.

We are spoilt for choice when it comes to where to eat. Fish and Chips on the foreshore is always a favourite but if you want something a little more up market cafes and restaurants offer city quality coffee and a range of local produce from a hearty pub meal to a fine dining experience. A glass of wine matched with salmon looking over the Picton marina cannot be beaten.

As a born and breed Picton girl I may be a little biased but it is only passion talking and anyone who visits will see why Picton is close to my heart. So stay a while – you are going to love Picton.