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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
The price is NZ$133 per night from 11 May to 11 May
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! (961 reviews)
"The view was awesome and food excellent"

Reviewed on 8 May 2021

Picton Yacht Club Hotel
Harbour View Motel
Harbour View Motel
4.5 out of 5
30 Waikawa Road, Picton
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$135 per night from 1 Jun. to 1 Jun.
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! (578 reviews)
"Good view of the water. 2 bedroom unit we stayed in was spacious."

Reviewed on 18 Apr. 2021

Harbour View Motel
Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel
Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel
4 out of 5
32 High Street (Main Street), Picton
The price is NZ$90 per night from 17 May to 17 May
Located in the heart of Picton, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Picton War Memorial and Picton Ferry Terminal. Picton Museum and Picton Harbour are ...
4.2/5Excellent! (637 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 7 May 2021

Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel
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Picton Waterfront Apartments
Picton Waterfront Apartments
4 out of 5
3/6 London Quay, Picton, Marlborough
The price is NZ$215 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated in the historical district, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Picton Harbour and Picton Ferry Terminal. Picton War Memorial and ...
4.7/5Exceptional! (183 reviews)
"Great location well appointed property."

Reviewed on 27 Apr. 2021

Picton Waterfront Apartments
Picton Holiday Home: The Wellington
Picton Holiday Home: The Wellington
124 Wellington Street, Picton, Marlborough
The price is NZ$146 per night from 10 May to 10 May
Situated in Picton, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Picton Harbour and Picton Ferry Terminal. Nelson Square and Picton War Memorial are also within ...
4.8/5Exceptional! (61 reviews)
"Clean and comfortable. Nice view. I can see the shore when I come out the street as well. The shore is at the end of street. Well maintained and private area. I want to stay here if I come again."

Reviewed on 9 May 2021

Picton Holiday Home: The Wellington
Picton Campervan Park
Picton Campervan Park
4.5 out of 5
42 Kent Street, Picton
The price is NZ$75 per night from 1 Jun. to 1 Jun.
Situated in Picton, this campsite is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nelson Square and Picton Ferry Terminal. Waitohi Recreational Reserve and Picton Museum are also within ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (90 reviews)
"Great value, clean accomodation and facilities"

Reviewed on 11 Apr. 2021

Picton Campervan Park
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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caroline

30 Mar. 2020

We didn’t stay for long during this time, main focus just to catch ferry. Super amazing weather, awesome coast line to follow

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

19 Mar. 2020

cool place to visit

4/5 - Good

John

17 Mar. 2020

A lovely place but will not want to stay in the Picton Yacht Club Hotel in te future. Not recommending it to a one.

4/5 - Good

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8 Mar. 2020

I will recommend this Motel to our Pride in Putaruru Info.Centre for those wanting to know a great place to stay in Picton.

4/5 - Good

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1 Mar. 2020

Go to cafe cortoda for food it’s great breakfast through to dinner

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

28 Feb. 2020

Le Cafe is a MUST VISIT

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