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
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
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 cafÃ© and bar. The marina offers access
to wonderful recreational activities including fishing, exploring and accommodation in the Queen Charlotte Sounds.
It's a Fact...
In 1843 the impetuous and ill-advised efforts of the New Zealand Company's Nelson leaders to acquire the Wairau Plains as a site for rural holdings led to the disastrous incident known as the Wairau massacre. Te Rauparaha and his brother-in-law disputed the ownership of the land and Maori interfered with the survey of the land. A detachment from Nelson was sent to sort out the situation, resulting in the killing of several leading settlers and a subsequent period of unrest.