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Picton comes to life during New Zealand’s summer months as many visitors pass through on their journey from the North Island. The hustle and bustle dies down during the winter although the Interislander ferry still ships people across the Cook Strait on a regular basis.

Picton and the Marlborough Sounds, New ZealandAlthough normally seen in passing, Picton is actually a sweet, characterful town offering a great deal to those who choose to stay for a few nights.

As well as all the activities in the Sounds, Picton boasts a variety of busy cafés and good restaurants, and enjoys pretty countryside surroundings.

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Suggested itineraries featuring Picton

Our itineraries will give you suggestions for what is possible when you travel in Picton, and they showcase routes we know work particularly well. Treat them as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

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    Places near Picton

    Ideas for experiencing Picton

    Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Picton, and which use the best local guides.

    • Marlborough Sounds Cruise
      Marlborough Sounds scenery

      Marlborough Sounds Cruise

      Marlborough Sounds Cruise

      Over the course of the trip you will learn about Māori culture and history, and enjoy the amazing biodiversity of the Sounds whilst slowly sailing round the sheltered inland waterways.

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    • Coastal Pacific
      The Coastal Pacific train, New Zealand

      Coastal Pacific

      Coastal Pacific

      Linking the port of Picton with the city of Christchurch, the Coastal Pacific railway offers a fantastic opportunity to discover the east coast of the South Island.

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    • Greenshell Mussel Cruise
      Lake Wanaka

      Greenshell Mussel Cruise

      Greenshell Mussel Cruise

      Take a gentle cruise through the beautiful inner Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds, enjoying the scenery whilst learning about the history of mussel farming in the area, with commentary from your knowledgeable guide.

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    • Queen Charlotte Track Freedom Walk — 4/5 Days
      Beach, Queen Charlotte Sound

      Queen Charlotte Track Freedom Walk — 4/5 Days

      Queen Charlotte Track Freedom Walk — 4/5 Days

      Board the motor launch that will take you to Meretoto, a significant area for local Māori. It's also known as Ship Cove, in reference to British navigator Captain Cook's five visits here for ship supplies.

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