Located at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, the picturesque port of Picton is the terminal for the inter-island ferries that cross Cook Straight to link the North and South Islands.

The Picton community is well known for its friendliness and hospitality, and visitors are soon made welcome. Close to the township there are several short walks through native bush that take you to hidden beaches and lookouts, offering stunning views over the Sounds.

Picton is also the gateway to the Queen Charlotte Track. Stretching from historic Ship Cove to Anakiwa, Marlborough's spectacular 67km Queen Charlotte Track combines unforgettable coastal and bush scenery with awesome views of the magnificent Marlborough Sounds. Visitors can walk the entire track taking three or four days, or simply enjoy a short section of the track.

The romance of arriving or departing the walkway by boat adds to the experience. The use of boat transportation offers the additional advantage of pack transfer between accommodation houses.
With its particular points of historic interest and comfortable accommodation serving good food and wine, the Queen Charlotte Track makes for a great experience. Accommodation along the walk offers chalet and lodge, motel, cabin and bunk accommodation and tent sites.
Just a short drive from Picton is the delightful seaside village of Waikawa. Principally a marina and anchorage for yachts and motor boats, Waikawa is also a sheltered and safe swimming spot suitable for families.

Waikawa Marina is one of the largest marinas in New Zealand. It is a well-equipped, modern marina, only 5 minutes drive from Picton,
There are over 600 berths and 118 individual lock-up boatsheds, with a full range of on-site marine services and facilities including a café and bar. The marina offers access to wonderful recreational activities including fishing, exploring and accommodation in the Queen Charlotte Sounds.
It's a Fact...
Pelorus Jack was a Risso's dolphin famous for accompanying steamers in Cook Strait. First seen in 1888 when he appeared in front of the schooner Brindle as it approached French Pass, Jack escorted the ships that travelled outside Admiralty Bay and Pelorus Sound into Cook Strait. The dolphin was reputed to guide ships through the perilous French Pass. The area is dangerous to ships, but no shipwrecks occurred when Jack was present.
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