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.