The scenery offered by Queen Charlotte Sound is breath taking as you cruise past lush secluded bays, and on a clear day you’ll be able to gaze back across the South Island towards the peaks of the Southern Alps. On board there is plenty to do, with cinemas, shops, workstations, cafes, bars and lounges from which to simply enjoy the journey.
The calm waters of the sounds are excellent for kayaking, and the stunning vistas of the Queen Charlotte Track can be experienced on a 3 to 5 day tramp. For something a bit different hire a mountain bike, the trip takes about 13 hours.
Picton connects the South Island to its northern counterpart by sea, the Interislander and Bluebridge ferrys both leave for Wellington on a regular basis. You can drive onto the ferry or simply walk on. The trip follows a stunning cruise through the Marlborough Sounds and out into Cook Strait before turning into Wellington Harbour.
Picton Ferry Terminal is located very close to the Picton town centre, in Marlborough. A wide range of tourism related services are represented in or around the Picton Ferry Terminal.
Picton Ferry Terminal has many tourist attractions and travel activities with something to suit all ages, tastes and budgets. From adrenaline-pumping adventure to a relaxing day out, you need never be bored in Picton.
To Do and See in Picton
Arts, culture, fine dining and breathtaking natural scenery - that's what Picton's all about.
Many people only stop for a coffee looking out over the water before pressing on, but Picton makes a great base for a few days' exploring Queen Charlotte Sound. In town, don't miss the historic Edwin Fox ship, or head out on excellent cruises and kayak trips. Water taxis buzz across the water taking trampers to various points on the Queen Charlotte Track. Picton also makes a decent base for exploring the wine region around Blenheim, half an hour's drive to the south.
The Marlborough Sounds are a visual feast of the interplay between the land, sea, nature and light. This series of drowned valleys is the north eastern edge of New Zealand's South Island and the northern edge of the province of Marlborough.
The Sounds are divided into two main waterways, The Pelorus Sound, with Havelock at its base, and Queen Charlotte Sound, the main town of which is Picton. Of the two, the Queen Charlotte Sound is generally seen as being more picturesque, with the Pelorus being more remote.
The inner Sounds (especially the Queen Charlotte Sound) has reasonably extensive residential development. The Pelorus, being more remote, still has areas of untouched native forest, most of which is only accessible by boat.
The local delicacies are the green-shelled mussel and local salmon. Farmed in large numbers (as well as settling naturally on pretty much any structure placed in the water), the mussel is available at most restaurants, cafe's and bars. Picton, Havelock and the Rai Valley have eateries on their respective pages. All the resorts listed under accommodation have restaurants attached.
Weather in Picton
Picton's beautiful setting has been carved out by nature, and we wan't you to enjoy it, so please refer to the followingweather information that will help you decide when to come:-
- Typical summer daytime maximum air temperatures range from 19°C to 24°C, and seldom exceed 30°C. Annual sunshine hours average about 2000 hours, more than many of the other major centres.
- Winter is normally the most unsettled time of the year. Typical winter daytime maximum air temperatures range from 10°C to 14°C.
- Frost occurs inland during clear calm conditions in winter. Due to Picton's exposure to weather systems from the Tasman Sea, it can get windy.
- The north-westerly airflows prevail in Picton. Sea breezes occasionally occur along the coast during summer.
It always pays to bring a waterproof or windproof jacket for colder days, but don’t forget your sunhat and sunscreen too. Picton summers can be scorching!
Travel to Picton
Picton is a compact city located on the edge of a stunning harbour. The city is served by major highways, railway, inter-island ferries and regular domestic air services.
More Tourist Information
For more information on Picton and the surrounding area please visit the official Picton tourist web site at www.wellingtonnz.com