Located on New Zealand’s South Island is the port town of Picton. This picturesque town is considered the gateway to the region of Marlborough and is used by many visitors as a base for exploring the surrounding area. There’s also plenty on offer for those staying in Picton itself. Cultural venues, charming quayside cafes, museums and excellent restaurants are plentiful here. Outdoorsy types will really be at home here, as there are a variety of exciting opportunities for exploring the natural landscape on offer, including kayaking, mountain biking and yachting. The Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company offer a range of hiking tours for different levels looking to walk the Queen Charlotte Walkway.
A run-of-the-mill 4x4 would be the best possible car for driving up mountainous routes and for negotiating dirt roads, which are surprisingly common in this part of the country.
Driving in Picton
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Important things to note
Picton is considered the gateway to the Marlborough region owing to its perfect location and excellent transport links to Christchurch, Blenheim and Kaikoura via State Highway 1.
Journey times may be longer than expected owing to long winding secondary roads. It’s always advisable to plan your journey beforehand and allow for additional journey time.
The road conditions vary with many highways being unsealed. Exercise caution when driving on uneven or poorly maintained roads.
Highlights & Hotspots
Families and animal lovers should take a trip to the Eco World Aquarium. This wildlife rehabilitation centre takes care of a variety of species of animals and marine life. You’ll also have the opportunity to meet the animals up close during feeding times.
Learn the fascinating local history at Picton Museum home to 2000 artefacts and exciting exhibitions exploring the town’s heritage. The Edwin Fox Maritime museum is home to one of the world’s oldest wooden ships as well as numerous maritime exhibits and displays.
Those who enjoy hiking will have many opportunities to explore the stunning scenery. There are a number of hiking trails available between Picton and Waikawa Bay for all hiking levels, which vary from short walks to three-hour hikes.
Le Café is a foodie’s paradise. This popular restaurant serves up a variety of excellent local dishes and a variety of drinks ranging from rich Havana coffee to local craft beers. Located on the quayside is one of the many reasons Le Café is a popular local hotspot.
Picton Airport is located approximately five miles south of Picton town centre and is accessible via State Highway 1. The airport operates regular flights between Wellington and Picton, although other airports further away have more flights.
Ferry services are also available between Wellington and Picton and are available from Interislander and Straits shipping.