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Picton is a busy harbour on the northern end of the South Island that connects the North and South Islands by boat. Be sure to try out these great activities when you come through the area:


The Marlborough Sounds offers 1500km of coastline that you can easily explore by boat. There are companies downtown that will rent kayaks area for hours of paddling around the sounds.  You could also sign up for a guided trip.


The Marlborough Sounds has some beautiful tracks and trails that take you past beautiful scenery.  The Queen Charlotte Track is one of New Zealand’s most popular multi-day trails, and can be accessed by boat from Picton. If you want a shorter trip, the Snout Track is only a 2 hour return trip.

Ecoworld Aquarium

The Ecoworld Aquarium is situated right in downtown Picton and is a great place to check out some of New Zealand’s native marine wildlife. Check out the Little Blue Penguins, which are a New Zealand native.  If you visit around either 11am or 2pm you’ll get to watch feeding time for many of the animals.

Marlborough Wine Tours

The Marlborough region is New Zealand’s most acclaimed wine-growing area, and you don’t want to miss the chance to sample some of the country’s finest varietals. You could also choose to drive yourself, though this means you have to limit the amount of wine you drink.

Ferry to Wellington

The ferry ride between Picton and Wellington is often touted as one of the most picturesque ferry journeys in the world. Be sure to stand outside as you cruise through the Marlborough Sounds. It’s a fun alternative to airplane travel.