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Picton

Travel Guide
Picton Harbour showing a coastal town, a marina and a bay or harbour

Cascading mountains surround the harbour of this beautiful seaside town, located in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds.

Millions of visitors pass through Picton each year using the ferry terminal that connects New Zealand’s north and south islands. This harbour town is much more than a transit point, however. Discover its charming atmosphere, its proximity to Queen Charlotte Sound and its bars and restaurants where you can sample some of New Zealand’s best wines.

If you’re arriving by ferry the first thing you’ll notice about the town is the attractive Picton Harbour. Few towns in the world boast such a stunning waterfront precinct, so it’s no wonder that this area is lined by restaurants and cafés. Find a seat outside to enjoy a meal overlooking the water. Admire the mountains as they plummet towards the still and protected harbour. Located in the north of New Zealand’s famous Marlborough wine region, Picton is an ideal place to indulge in a glass of sauvignon blanc or chardonnay.

The town is named after a Welsh military general and has a moving War Memorial. During your exploration of the town stop at the memorial to pay your respects to those who fell to protect the way of life New Zealanders cherish.

Picton is a great launching pad for exploring the Marlborough Sounds that surround it. Board a chartered boat cruise or sign up for a kayak tour to explore the waters surrounding Picton, including the nearby Mabel Island. Venture across land from Picton to reach the Nelson Lakes National Park or embark on the gruelling Queen Charlotte Track to see the impressive Queen Charlotte Sound.

Picton is located on the north-eastern tip of the South Island. Mountains surround the town, protecting it from the elements, resulting in weather that is reasonably reliable year-round, at least by New Zealand standards. Find a range of accommodation and services throughout the town. Reach Picton by ferry from New Zealand’s North Island or by rail, bus or car from major towns on the South Island.

Picton Yacht Club Hotel
Picton Yacht Club Hotel
3.5 out of 5
25 Waikawa Road, Marlborough, Picton
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$102 per night from 1 Aug. to 1 Aug.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Picton Harbour and Picton Ferry Terminal. Picton War Memorial and Picton Museum are also ...
3.8/5Good! (975 reviews)
"Spacious room with a great view. The bathroom has been updated, the rest of the room needs updating too, especially the bed and the heater. Check in was easy and staff were friendly."

Reviewed on 11 Jul. 2021

Picton Yacht Club Hotel
Jasmine Court Motel
Jasmine Court Motel
4.5 out of 5
78 Wellington Street, Picton
The price is NZ$122 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly motel is within a 15-minute walk of Picton Harbour and Picton Ferry Terminal. Picton War Memorial and Picton Museum ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (260 reviews)
"Room was spacious and very clean with excellent toiletries"

Reviewed on 16 Jul. 2021

Jasmine Court Motel
Harbour View Motel
Harbour View Motel
4.5 out of 5
30 Waikawa Road, Picton
The price is NZ$103 per night from 4 Aug. to 4 Aug.
Located in the heart of Picton, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Picton Harbour and Picton Ferry Terminal. Picton War Memorial and Picton Museum are ...
4.6/5Exceptional! (588 reviews)
"We really enjoyed our night here. Awesome location, lovely view. Clean and tidy room. Sunny and warm on arrival. Highly recommend :)"

Reviewed on 9 Jul. 2021

Harbour View Motel
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Luxury Self Contained Unit,wide Views
Luxury Self Contained Unit,wide Views
3046 Kenepuru Road, Portage Heights, Portage, Marlborough
Located near the beach, this family-friendly apartment building is 2.5 mi (4.1 km) from Kenepuru Sounds and 11.3 mi (18.2 km) from Dryden Bay. Queen Charlotte ...
4.9/5Exceptional! (27 reviews)
Stunning view
"Wonderful stay, never get tire to look at the view from day to night. Amazing...."

Reviewed on 25 Apr. 2021

Luxury Self Contained Unit,wide Views
Sunrise Beach House - Rarangi Holiday House
Sunrise Beach House - Rarangi Holiday House
285 Rarangi Beach Road, Rarangi, Marlborough
Situated in Rarangi, this holiday home is within 12 miles (20 km) of Wairau River, St Clair Winery and Johanneshof Cellars. Marlborough Convention Centre and ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Had everything and a game’s garage
"Easy and quirky"

Reviewed on 10 May 2021

Sunrise Beach House - Rarangi Holiday House
Central on Keiss - Blenheim Holiday Home
Central on Keiss - Blenheim Holiday Home
13A Keiss Street, Blenheim, Marlborough
Situated in Blenheim, this holiday home is within 1 mile (2 km) of Marlborough Convention Centre, Millennium Art Gallery and Seymour Square. Marlborough Art ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Comfortable
"Comfortable, fridge was not working properly, quite a tight fit for 5 people, had all the things that you need, could have some tongs ."

Reviewed on 29 Jul. 2019

Central on Keiss - Blenheim Holiday Home
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