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Picton Cruise Port

Small but lively, Picton may be one of the sunniest ports in New Zealand. Located at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, it links the country’s South Island with the north, making it a hub for inter-island ferries across the Cook Strait. It is also a jumping off point for exploring the Marlborough Sounds.

How to Get to Picton


Cruise ships dock at the Waitohi Wharf, about a half mile from the center of Picton. There is no bus service in Picton, but taxis are generally available to make the short trip into town.

One Day in Picton

A day in Picton is likely to be an active one.  Spend an hour exploring the town on foot, perhaps stopping at the small Picton Museum along the way.  Then, move on to any one of a number of outdoor activities. Dive to the wreck of a Soviet cruise ship or join a dolphin watching cruise. Hike along the Queen Charlotte Walkway or to the Snout, a peninsula between Picton and Waikawa Bay. Biking, kayaking, fishing and sailing are all great options as well.

If you’re looking for souvenirs before you depart, try the Oriel Gallery or The Gallery for jewelry, paintings, photographs and other crafts from local artists.

Port Information

The local currency is the New Zealand dollar and the official languages are English and Maori, with English most commonly spoken. ATMs are widely available and some tourist shops may accept foreign currencies, such as US dollars or Euros. A tourist information kiosk is available at the port.

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Picton Shore Excursion: Marlborough Wine Region Small-Group Tour, Picton, null
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Picton Shore Excursion: Marlborough Wine Region Small-Group Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 46 Reviews

Taste the gourmet delights New Zealand is famous for on a wine and chocolate shore excursion to the South Island's renowned Marlborough wine region! While your ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: Varies

From USD $70.30
Shore Excursion: Highlights of Marlborough from Picton, Picton, Ports of Call Tours
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Shore Excursion: Highlights of Marlborough from Picton

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Enjoy a 4-5 hour fun tour with a local chauffeur/guide departing from the Port of Picton with a scenic journey to the Marlborough Wine region. Taste award ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.80
Shore Excursion: Blenheim Wine tour from Picton, Picton, Ports of Call Tours
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Shore Excursion: Blenheim Wine tour from Picton

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Enjoy this small-group tour to the famous cellar doors of Marlborough in our new luxury minibus. Indulge yourself in the heady aromas of the wine maker’s art ...  Read more

Location: Blenheim, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $97.68
Shore Excursion: Short Tour of Picton and Blenheim Wine Regions, Picton, Ports of Call Tours
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Shore Excursion: Short Tour of Picton and Blenheim Wine Regions

From the Port of Picton, join a local chauffeur/guide on a scenic drive throughout Picton and around the Bays. Your tour includes an option to do wine ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $70.30
Picton Shore Excursion: Wings of Omaka and Marlborough Wine Tour, Picton, Ports of Call Tours
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Picton Shore Excursion: Wings of Omaka and Marlborough Wine Tour

Enjoy a half-day small-group shore excursion from your cruise ships arrival into Picton. This tour provides you with the unique opportunity to combine the ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $107.30
Picton Self-Guided Audio Tour, Picton, Ports of Call Tours
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Picton Self-Guided Audio Tour

Enjoy a cultural self-guided audio tour of the serene seaside area of Picton. This tour will take you on a historical journey where you will learn about ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible

From USD $19.99
Private Shore Excursion: Explore Marlborough from Picton, Picton, Self-guided Tours & Rentals
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Private Shore Excursion: Explore Marlborough from Picton

Relax with the flexibility of your exclusive tour of the Marlborough wine region.  Taste sensational wines and partake of some of the most delicious ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $462.50

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