Top Attractions in Picton
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What travellers are saying
- We walked in from the Anakiwa for a short walk, it was mostly flat and an easy walk to Umangata Bay where there is access to a beach and picnic area. There was bird life and beautiful views of Grove Arm waterway. There was a toilet near Umangata Bay. Highly recommend visiting this area.Written August 12, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Picton has always been just a place to park and wait for the ferry, so spent two days with hubby relaxing. Walked to Bobs Bay, had a dip in the sea and thoroughly enjoyed it! Did some lovely gift shopping and lots of relaxation.Written May 30, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Fantastic views of beautiful bays and bush covered mountains. Something new around every corner. Great to explore by foot, ferry, bike, water, road, path, air, boat, coast, mountain... Just do it!Written May 28, 2021This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Absolutely worth seeing! Visited with kids (one in wheelchair) and adults and all found it fascinating. Amazing to be inside the ship and read the crimes and sentences for deported convicts!! Not wheelchair friendly (luckily we were able to carry our child around).Written May 10, 2022
- We were lucky to have been here for a sailing to Wellington on a good autumn day. Picton township provided some nice coffee and a place to stretch our legs after a drive in. Certainly a picturesque part of the country and taking the Cook Strait ferry gave a birds eye view from the sea.
Waikawa Bay was a nice spot a short drive from Picton for a picnic lunch.Written April 11, 2022
- Communication was great
The ferry was not going the day before because of extreme weather so we were a bit nervous.
But we got email updates and the staff were fantastic.
The interior of the ship was very clean and it all looked greatWritten July 23, 2022
- The staff, the natural beauty, the accommodation all superb . Only 20 mins ferry trip from Picton to this oasis.Everything about this place is superb. The accommodation with high level of cleanliness and views of the sea and punga ferns, the local wildlife - Kune kune pigs, weka, kakariki, bids, chooks etc and access to Queen Charlotte Sounds walkway - divine . Plus free use of kayaks and paddle boards. Excellent wine list and restaurant menu and a double bath house in the bush - tranquillity plus!Written April 5, 2022
- We needed some maps of the local things to see and do, we weren't disappointed, the staff were busy at that time but we were not in a rush and they were most helpfulWritten March 6, 2020
- 4 1/2 stars
While entry fee is on the higher range, based on being able to revisit the aquarium more than once pays for itself.
Our kids (and us) enjoyed the displays and seeing the animals at the attraction. On our second visit, one of the staff talked to us about the animals and took time to answer our kid’s questions about the land and sea creatures. Thank you for that! Made our visit even more amazing.
All the best for the future and we hope that the Port realises what an asset you are so we can visit again in the near future.
Thank you.Written December 3, 2021
- First of all you have to get there. The only way to do this is get a water taxi at $40 per head for a return journey. Man that is pricey for a 10 minute ride!!!
The trail is then lovely to follow and maintained to a high standard. There are NZ birds to be seen, but no more than you will see elsewhere around the Sounds. I really hope this attracts more bird life and maintaining a predator free path of land is not cheap and easy, but it was basically a very expensive walk.Written March 19, 2022
- This museum has much of interest including a comprehensive display of the whaling history in the area. We were in picton for captain cook's 250th centenary celebrations but the museum failed to mention this auspicious occasion or have a special display for it. There was no children's area but my granddaughter enjoyed the pioneer life area without getting bored.Written January 22, 2020
- Narrow road from Picton to Karaka Point reserve but the view from land of Queen Charlotte Sound worth it. Great parking and a long drop toilet on the short walk alsoWritten April 3, 2021
- The War Memorial at Picton is a monument and a sculpture of a soldier which commemorates First and Second World War.Written February 14, 2021
- There is a small beach. Accessible from the road above. It is a steep but short track down. There are toilets in the bay and a very narrow sandy beach.Written January 14, 2022
- From Picton through to Havlock it's a stunning drive. Parts of it are windy and narrow the views more than worth the effort.Written April 14, 2022
Frequently Asked Questions about Picton
- The best outdoor activities in Picton according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Marlborough Sounds
- Queen Charlotte Track
- Queen Charlotte Sound
- Picton Sound
- Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre
- The best day trips from Picton according to Tripadvisor travellers are:
- Full-Day Marlborough Wine Tour Including Wine Tasting
- Full Day Marlborough Sounds Mail Boat Cruise
- Full-Day Marlborough Catamaran Cruise with Wine Tour and Lunch
- Half-Day Marlborough Wine Region Tour from Picton or Blenheim
- Private Marlborough Winery Tour