The picturesque seaport township of Picton is tucked between the northern reaches of the Richmond Range and the sea at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound.
Twenty-five kilometres north of Blenheim, this colourful and historic port is a popular stop for cruise ships and is the transit
point for the ferries that travel between Picton and Wellington, in the North Island.
Picton's attractive central business district invites a leisurely stroll amongst the
town's arts and craft shops, souvenir shops and art galleries, cafés and eateries.
Picton also has extensive marina facilities for pleasure craft.
Picton offers a wide range of quality accommodation including parks & campgrounds, backpackers & hostels, apartments, motels, hotels and bed & breakfasts, all within a short walk to the
waterfront with it's restaurants and bars.
A short drive (3½km) from Picton is the seaside hamlet of Waikawa.
Waikawa Marina is the largest Marina south of Auckland with over 600 boats in the
water. Wander around the Marina and enjoy a whitebait sandwich (depending on the season)
at a waterfront cafe or have breakfast or enjoy a scrumptious lunch overlooking Waikawa
Bay and the Marina.
In Waikawa Bay you can hire a kayak or go for a swim. It's an ideal place to enjoy
a picnic, with a great playground for children. Book a sea kayaking, walking or mountain
biking day trip in the Marlborough Sounds.