Picton Harbour

Holiday Travel Guide
Picton Harbour showing boating, night scenes and a bridge

Visit a floating maritime museum, board a chartered fishing boat and relax beneath the tall palms that line one of New Zealand’s most important harbours.

Each year Picton Harbour welcomes millions of visitors arriving from the North Island of New Zealand. If you are arriving by ferry, be prepared for a stunning first impression. Picton Harbour is a picturesque and tranquil natural harbour surrounded by cascading mountains and lined by some of Picton’s best alfresco dining establishments. Located at the south of Queen Charlotte Sound, the harbour is a great place to begin your adventures exploring the islands, bays and inlets of the Marlborough Sounds. After exploring New Zealand’s rugged South Island, return to Picton to rejuvenate with some creature comforts.

Spend a day strolling through the harbour-front precinct to discover independent galleries, craft stores and a range of dining options. The Marlborough region is internationally renowned for its high-quality produce and Picton Harbour is an ideal place to try this delicious food and drink. Settle in at an alfresco restaurant to sample some of the country’s finest wines and enjoy freshly caught seafood straight from the Queen Charlotte Sound.

Venture to the waterfront to learn about the history of the harbour at the Edwin Fox Maritime Museum. The museum is housed within the world’s 9th-oldest ship, the Edwin Fox, and is permanently moored in the harbour. Learn stories of the ship’s round-the-world voyage as you make your way through the permanent exhibits.

Board a slightly younger boat to explore Queen Charlotte Sound. Fishing charters, dolphin-watching tours and ferries to New Zealand’s North Island all depart from the harbour. For a slower pace, rent a sea kayak to explore the southern end of the sound.

Picton Harbour is located in the heart of Picton where ample parking is available. Find accommodation within walking distance of the harbour. Trains, buses and car rental facilities are also in the area.

148 Cheap Hotels Near Picton Harbour

Picton Yacht Club Hotel
Picton Yacht Club Hotel
3.5 out of 5
25 Waikawa Road, Marlborough, Picton
The price is NZ$108 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Picton Harbour and Picton War Memorial. Picton Museum and Waitohi Recreational Reserve are ...
3.8/5 Good! (990 reviews)
"Loved the view, the room service, the delicious meals and the fabulous service from all the staff."

Reviewed on 30 Sep. 2021

Picton Yacht Club Hotel
Picton Beachcomber Inn
Picton Beachcomber Inn
3 out of 5
27 Waikawa Road, Picton
The price is NZ$125 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located in the heart of Picton, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Picton Harbour, Picton War Memorial and Picton Museum. Waitohi Recreational Reserve ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (679 reviews)
"It was close to town."

Reviewed on 20 Jul. 2021

Picton Beachcomber Inn
Harbour View Motel
Harbour View Motel
4.5 out of 5
30 Waikawa Road, Picton
The price is NZ$125 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Located in the heart of Picton, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Picton Harbour, Picton War Memorial and Picton Museum. Waitohi Recreational Reserve ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (601 reviews)
"Great location and views across the harbour. No need to drive to town, walk! Have stayed here a couple of times now, always my go-to when catching the ferry back to the North Island."

Reviewed on 10 Oct. 2021

Harbour View Motel
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Top Picton Harbour Hotel & Accommodation Deals

Sequoia Lodge & Backpackers
Sequoia Lodge & Backpackers
2 out of 5
3a Nelson Square, Picton
The price is NZ$66 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Sequoia Lodge & Backpackers
Picton Beachcomber Inn
Picton Beachcomber Inn
3 out of 5
27 Waikawa Road, Picton
The price is NZ$125 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Picton Beachcomber Inn
Picton Yacht Club Hotel
Picton Yacht Club Hotel
3.5 out of 5
25 Waikawa Road, Marlborough, Picton
The price is NZ$108 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Picton Yacht Club Hotel
Harbour View Motel
Harbour View Motel
4.5 out of 5
30 Waikawa Road, Picton
The price is NZ$125 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Harbour View Motel
Broadway Motel
Broadway Motel
4.5 out of 5
113 High Street, Picton
The price is NZ$139 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Broadway Motel
Jasmine Court Motel
Jasmine Court Motel
4.5 out of 5
78 Wellington Street, Picton
The price is NZ$139 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Jasmine Court Motel
Aldan Lodge Motel
Aldan Lodge Motel
3 out of 5
86 Wellington Street, Picton
The price is NZ$120 per night from 24 Oct. to 24 Oct.
Aldan Lodge Motel
Picton Waterfront Apartments
Picton Waterfront Apartments
4 out of 5
3/6 London Quay, Picton, Marlborough
The price is NZ$248 per night from 20 Oct. to 20 Oct.
Picton Waterfront Apartments
Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel
Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel
4 out of 5
32 High Street (Main Street), Picton
The price is NZ$110 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.