A small coastal township, Picton is built around a sheltered harbor and is dotted with seafront cafes, restaurants and galleries. In addition to its easy access to the islands and inlets of the Marlborough Sounds, it boasts a kid-friendly aquarium and landscapes perfect for sea kayaking and dolphin watching.
Things to do in Picton
Set sail on a guided boat tour through the Marlborough Sounds, where you can encounter marine mammals and birds and swim in the water with friendly dolphin pods. If you prefer to explore on solid ground, admire the water views and local wildlife on a scenic trek from Shelly Beach to Bob’s Bay.
You can also meet local wildlife at EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, which offers up-close interactions with a rare living fossil, blue penguins, land snails and giant squid. Kids will love exploring the touch pools and observing the tropical fish in the main marine tank.
History enthusiasts can visit the iconic Edwin Fox, moored on the waterfront of Picton. Admire the world’s second oldest surviving merchant ship dating back to 1853, then learn about its colorful past battling the oceans to transport convicts, settlers, coal and beer.
Need to stretch your legs? Walk or cycle along the scenic Queen Charlotte Track, a renowned 70-kilometer-long trail from historic Ship Cove to Anakiwa. Explore the coastal forest and sandy bays, then marvel at its spectacular views across Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds.
Getting around Picton
You can fly into Wellington International Airport, then take the ferry to Picton or fly to Christchurch and take a scenic train ride into the city center. In town, the best way to get around is by car.