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.

Where to stay in Picton

Picton Beachcomber Inn
Picton Beachcomber Inn
3 out of 5
27 Waikawa Road, Picton, 7220
The price is NZ$125 per night from 21 May to 22 May
Stay at this 3-star hotel in Picton. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (711 reviews)
"Stunning view of the bay from our room. Easy location about a 10-15 minute walk from the ferry."

Reviewed on 10 May 2022

Picton Beachcomber Inn
Picton Yacht Club Hotel
Picton Yacht Club Hotel
3.5 out of 5
25 Waikawa Road, Marlborough, Picton, 7220
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$132 per night from 22 May to 23 May
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly hotel in Picton. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and an outdoor pool. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean ...
3.8/5 Good! (986 reviews)
"Always good friendly service. Very convenient and rooms always very clean."

Reviewed on 29 Apr. 2022

Picton Yacht Club Hotel
Jasmine Court Motel
Jasmine Court Motel
4.5 out of 5
78 Wellington Street, Picton, 7220
The price is NZ$125 per night from 19 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Stay at this 4.5-star eco-friendly motel in Picton. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (317 reviews)
"A lovely welcoming host. Simple but spotlessly clean with all amenities and then some."

Reviewed on 13 May 2022

Jasmine Court 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.
Picton Campervan Park
Picton Campervan Park
4.5 out of 5
42 Kent Street, Picton, 7220
The price is NZ$80 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
Stay at this 4.5-star eco-friendly campsite in Picton. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and laundry facilities. Our guests praise the comfy beds in their reviews. ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (94 reviews)
"Nice and clean"

Reviewed on 17 Feb. 2022

Picton Campervan Park
Picton Waterfront Apartments
Picton Waterfront Apartments
4 out of 5
3/6 London Quay, Picton, Marlborough, 7220
The price is NZ$186 per night from 19 Jun. to 20 Jun.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly apartment in Picton. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a terrace. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in their ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (190 reviews)
"Lovely views and great location. Beautiful roomy apartment."

Reviewed on 19 Mar. 2022

Picton Waterfront Apartments
Waikawa Landing studio apartment in Picton, gateway to the Marlbourough Sounds
Waikawa Landing studio apartment in Picton, gateway to the Marlbourough Sounds
Picton, Marlborough
The price is NZ$132 per night from 23 May to 24 May
Stay at this apartment in Picton. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a garden. Popular attractions Picton Ferry Terminal and Victoria Domain are located nearby. ...
5/5 Exceptional! (33 reviews)
Beautiful studio!
"Stopping with our dog after ferry trip. Divine little srudio"

Reviewed on 28 Apr. 2022

Waikawa Landing studio apartment in Picton, gateway to the Marlbourough Sounds
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.

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