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Picturesque Picton

NZ’s South Island ferry point (linking to Wellington across the Marlborough Sounds), Picton is dwarfed by its majestic surrounding countryside. The surrounding valleys – including Essons Valley – were carved by thousands of years of glacial movement. Many have since filled with seawater, yet remain among the main attractions.

Cruising around the Marlborough Sounds makes you feel miniscule, but opens your eyes to the sheer beauty around Picton. Follow the great outdoors into the surrounding Marlborough Wine Region to re-blur your newfound focus. New Zealand is one of the last places on Earth that humans haven’t ruined yet, so go to Picton and make the most of it while you can. Surely someone’s got an idea about how to mine a glacier…


10. The Edwin Fox The oldest surviving merchant ship. She took settlers to NZ – and convicts to Oz!

5. Ecoworld Aquarium Water covers two-thirds of the planet and this aquarium does its best to raise our awareness of the residents of the non-dry bits.

9. Lochmara Lodge Arts Centre Showcasing the best of the local artistic community, the two galleries regularly run workshops on painting and sculpture if you want to get your hands dirty.

4. Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre This animal rescue centre houses what are possibly the cutest babies in the world.

8. Picton Museum Tells the local history from Maori legends to colonisation.

3. Queen Charlotte Sound The best way to view this magnificent sound is on a giant wooden yacht. You’re spoiled for touring options once you reach the dock – so choose wisely.

7. Edwin Fox Maritime Museum The local relationship with the sea is symbiotic at best and destructive at worst. This museum covers the spectrum.

2. Marlborough Sounds Science says glaciers formed this network of sea-drowned valleys, but Maori legend says that it was made by the gods and the waves are caused by un-dead canoes. You decide which version you prefer…

6. Picton Sound Bet you didn’t know that a geographical sound is created by thousands of years of glacial movement. This is the smallest in the area.

1. Queen Charlotte Track Runs 72km through lush coastal forest, past rugged coastal bays and up high ridges.


Blues, Brews and BBQs in February features local and international jazz and blues performers, plus lots of food and grog.

March’s Havelock Mussel Festival boasts mussel tastings, mussel competitions and mussel boat displays. If you love the slimy cousin of the oyster, you’ll be in heaven.

Sampling the food and wine of this beautiful region for two days is not the hardest thing you’ll do this trip during the Picton Spring fest in September.

If you’re keen to try over 187 wines with more than 300 other wine lovers, don’t miss November’s Marlborough Wine Weekend.


  • New Zealand families usually holiday between December and January, so expect prices to jump and everywhere to be a little crowded.

· Autumn is extremely pleasant, with rain fleeting and the sun in full shining mode.

· Between June and August is an amazing time to visit Picton.


  • Picton is small enough to explore by foot, with all restaurants and pubs within easy stumbling distance from the main hotel area.

· Renting a car is the best way to explore the South Island of New Zealand.

Hotels in Picton

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From US$55

1 Picton Yacht Club Hotel

3 stars
3.0 / 5 10 reviews

25 Waikawa Road Map

Stay 3 Nights & Save 15%

Offering comfortable accommodations with Marlborough Sounds views, Picton Yacht Club Hotel makes for a suitable base for travellers in Picton. Centrally located, this contemporary hotel places... More

great location, okay hotel
In our room the air conditioning was too loud and disturbed our sleep. Windows do not appear to be double glazed so it can be noisy. Staff were welcoming and pleasant
21 Sep 2015
From US$76

2 Aldan Lodge Motel

4 stars
4.7 / 5 9 reviews

86 Wellington Street Map

Assuring quality amenities and exceptional service, the Aldan Lodge Motel Picton offers a home away from home experience. GeneralDuring leisure, you can explore the surroundings or visit the... More

Great position walking distance to town centre
Modern, neat, clean comfortable. No dining only continental brekkie avail. Close to Rsl and other eateries close by. Close to town centre. Good value and would highly recommend.
1 Dec 2014
From US$85

3 Picton Beachcomber Inn

4 stars
4.7 / 5 23 reviews

27 Waikawa Road Map

The Picton Beachcomber Inn Hotel is an ideal destination for people who are looking for a really unforgettable stay. GeneralDuring leisure, guests can have a refreshing dip in the swimming pool or... More

Helpful staff
I accidentally left my Kindle in the hotel room and they posted it back to me in Auckland - great service!
29 Jun 2015
From US$214

4 McCormick House Luxury Accommodation

5 stars
5.0 / 5

21 Leicester Street Map

Providing quality accommodation and friendly service for travellers in Marlborough, the McCormick House Luxury Accommodation is just 5 minutes drive from the interisland ferry, local bus or train... More

From US$166

5 Kippilaw House

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

98 Waikawa Road Map

A family-friendly stay in the heart of Picton awaits you at Kippilaw House. Within just a 15-minute stroll, you'll find Picton Harbour, Picton War Memorial, and Picton Museum. Highlights at this... More

6 The Moorings on Marlborough

3 stars
4.0 / 5

25A Waikawa Road Map

Featuring modern and tastefully designed accommodations, The Moorings on Marlborough creates a tranquil haven for vacationers visiting this part of New Zealand. Holidaymakers at this Picton... More

From US$157

7 Raetihi Lodge

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

Double Bay Map

Experience the comfortable accommodation blended with a warm hospitality and unsurpassed service at the Raetihi Lodge Marlborough. GeneralThe property offers excellent meeting facilities for... More

From US$556

8 Bay of Many Coves Resort

5 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews

Arthurs Bay, Bay of Many Coves Map

With stunning scenery, Bay Of Many Coves Resort Queen Charlotte Sound provides quality accommodation and services for travellers in New Zealand. A not-to-be-missed attraction of the city is Drumlin... More

From US$255

9 Tory Lodge

3 stars
Not yet reviewed

Maraetai Bay Map

Your hosts Tom and Des welcome you to Tory Lodge a purpose built exclusive retreat where they focus on individual Guest requirements, ensuring your stay in the exquisite Marlborough Sounds is a... More

From US$588

10 The Sounds Retreat

5 stars
Not yet reviewed

215 Anakiwa Road Map

Includes Breakfast & All Beverages

The Sounds Retreat Hotel Picton invites sophisticated travellers to a blend of luxurious accommodations and tranquil setting in this picturesque town in Marlborough, New Zealand. While in Picton,... More

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