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  • Address: Picton, New Zealand
Funky, homely and remarkably scenic, Picton is the South Island’s northern surprise. Known for its cruise port and ferries to Wellington, many visitors visit Picton while en route to someplace else. From the moment you step off the ship, however, this salty, slow-paced, charming little town begins the process of growing on you.

At the fascinating Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, read about the history of the Edwin Fox to learn how this 19th century, teak boat from Calcutta transported everyone from soldiers to convicts across the southern seas. Grab a coffee or some fresh fish in a welcoming harbor front café, or sip on a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from the nearby vineyards of Marlborough. Picton is situated right in the middle of the time-carved Marlborough Sounds, and an outdoor playground of kayaking and trails sits right on its coastal doorstep. 

Practical Info

Picton is located at the northern tip of New Zealand’s South Island and has a population of 2,700 residents. It is 25 minutes from the city of Blenheim and the vineyards of Marlborough Sounds, and the preferred starting point for expeditions on the 45-mile Queen Charlotte Track. January and February have the nicest weather—and also the greatest number of visitors—although the mild climate and proximity to the coast makes it enjoyable throughout the year.  

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Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton, Picton, null
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Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Explore the Marlborough Sounds on foot with one of the popular self-guided walks on the Queen Charlotte Track. Choose from three walks of varying length and ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $61.25
Full-Day Marlborough Catamaran Cruise with Wine Tour and Lunch, Blenheim, Hiking & Camping
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Full-Day Marlborough Catamaran Cruise with Wine Tour and Lunch

2.5 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 2 Reviews

Experience 'The Ultimate Marlborough Day Out', on this full day, small group tour. In the morning enjoy a scenic cruise through the Queen Charlotte Sound, ...  Read more

Location: Blenheim, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $188.17
Full Day Queen Charlotte Kayak and Walking Tour from Picton, Picton, Catamaran Cruises
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Full Day Queen Charlotte Kayak and Walking Tour from Picton

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

This adventure combo is without a doubt, one of the best ways to experience the Marlborough Sounds. On your full day kayak and walking tour you will experience ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $118.07
Marlborough Sounds Seafood Cruise from Picton, Picton, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Marlborough Sounds Seafood Cruise from Picton

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Relax and enjoy the stunning Marlborough Sounds, at the top of New Zealand's South Island on this cruise. The cruise features Regal salmon, Cloudy Bay clams ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $114.38
Private Shore Excursion: Explore Marlborough from Picton, Picton, Day Cruises
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Private Shore Excursion: Explore Marlborough from Picton

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

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

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

From USD $534.98
Half-Day Guided Sea Kayaking Tour from Anakiwa, Picton, Ports of Call Tours
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Half-Day Guided Sea Kayaking Tour from Anakiwa

If you have limited time in the area but are keen to experience the brilliance that the Marlborough Sounds has to offer, then this half-day guided sea ...  Read more

Location: Anakiwa, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $66.41
Full-Day Guided Sea Kayak Trip from Picton, Picton, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Full-Day Guided Sea Kayak Trip from Picton

Sea kayak from the picturesque Picton foreshore, across the harbour and into the Grove Arm of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Stop on a sandy beach in this ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $95.93
Full-Day Marlborough Scenic and Wine Tour from Blenheim, Blenheim, Kayaking & Canoeing
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Full-Day Marlborough Scenic and Wine Tour from Blenheim

This full-day Marlborough experience from Blenheim takes you across the Wairau Plains into the picturesque sea port of Havelock, where you can stop to explore ...  Read more

Location: Blenheim, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $121.75
Shore Excursion: Highlights of Marlborough from Picton, Picton, Wine Tasting & Winery Tours
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Shore Excursion: Highlights of Marlborough from Picton

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 51 Reviews

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 $88.55
Marlborough Sounds Cruise from Picton, Picton, Ports of Call Tours
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Marlborough Sounds Cruise from Picton

4.5 star rating: Recommended 17 Reviews

Visit Ship Cove on a morning boat cruise that explores the Marlborough Sounds, a broad network of waterways that makes up 20 percent of New Zealand’s ...  Read more

Location: Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $62.72

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