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What's so great about Picton, what to see and best things to do

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Queen Charlotte Sounds main launching point and Cook Strait Ferry South Island port

Picton there are plenty of things to do. Picton, Cook Strait Ferry port terminal is, too often a pitstop on the way South. The town offers glorious marine explorations from kayaking, walking Queen Charlotte track, mail boat cruises to nature reserves to visit. Due to the high number of transit visitors the town boasts of several art galleries for shoppers. There is a well regarded local museum and a historic shipwreck rounding out the Picton holiday experience.

Marlborough Sounds as viewed from the Queen Charlotte Track hiking trail through lush tropical greenery in South Island of New Zealand
Marlborough Sounds as viewed from the Queen Charlotte Track hiking trail

WHAT TO DO, HIGHLIGHTS

  • Queen Charlotte Track combines coves, campgrounds and native forest surrounded by views of inlets, estuaries and waterways
  • Picton Heritage and Whaling Museum is a marvellous collection of local artefacts, photographs and documents relating to the area
  • Local art galleries, The Diverson Gallery with paintings, drawings, sculpture and limited edition prints and Raukura Gallery with fine art prints, local artists and a wide range of giftware. Don’t we all love a cooperative, a collaborative art space, About Marlborough Creative Artisans is worth a look
  • Mail Boat cruise is a must do activity for a leisurely in depth look at life living on the Marlborough Sounds

Art galleries and gift shops line the main street. A wander is a very good idea, browsing to see what is open, closed and emerging. Ferry traffic often uses Picton as a cafe break resulting in a number of eateries and dining choices marketing to tourist foot traffic.

INTERESTING FACT

The world’s oldest timber merchant ship, the Edwin Fox, sits in dry dock in Picton.

Queen Charlotte 71km track is surround sound coastal scenery with shared tracks and trails for cycling / walking. There is a network of cruise and pack tour operators taking the heavy work out of the lifting. Together with lodges, gourmet dining not everyone walking the track is eating cold baked beans out of a tin.

Picton Heritage & Whaling Museum, New Zealand @VisitPicton
Picton Heritage & Whaling Museum, @VisitPicton
Edwin Fox Museum, New Zealand @WikimediaCommons
Edwin Fox Museum @WikimediaCommons

BEST TIME TO VISIT

Year Round

Art galleries, gift shops and a great museum are indoors when the weather isn’t great

FAME

FESTIVALS

KIDS

  • Hang out at the waterfront playground with recently acquired snacks watching the boats, the ferry and people watch
  • Persuade adults to visit Edwin Fox nineteenth century timber merchant ship
  • Visit during Picton Maritime Festival Trust

WHERE TO TAKE THE BEST SELFIE

  • Picton sunrise / sunset with ferry arriving or docking at the wharf
  • Queen Charlotte walk views
  • Waterfront views

TOWN MOTTO

  • Visit Picton.

SOCIAL MEDIA

WHAT MAKES THE PLACE TICK”

  • Marlborough Port and tourism
aerial view of Picton town and Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand
Picton town and Marlborough Sounds
Sunset view of Picton memorial park in New Zealand
Sunset view of Picton memorial park

POPULATION

  • 4,310 (2018)

WEATHER

WHO TURNED UP AND NAMED THE PLACE?

  • Picton was originally known as Te Wera a Waitohi. In 1850, the Te Āti Awa agreed to sell the land to Thomas Dillon on behalf of the New Zealand Company. Picton is named after Sir Thomas Picton, one of the Duke of Wellington’s comrades in arms who was killed during the Battle of Waterloo.

Every town adds to the richness of things to do and see. For more details about the region check Blenheim & Marlborough Region nearby attractions and events.

 

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