Nestled alongside a sheltered harbour and enjoying some of New Zealand’s balmiest weather, laidback Picton’s picturesque waterfront – home to many eateries and galleries – is often proclaimed to have one of the world’s best waterside scenes, complete with incomparable views.
Ferries and other watercraft can transport you around Queen Charlotte Sound, named by Captain Cook, who wintered here during three voyages.
Once a base for whalers, today Picton anchors the Marlborough Sounds region, renowned for fresh seafood and quality wines. It’s also a primary access point to the Queen Charlotte Track, a scenic seventy-mile trek along the coastline.
Picton’s attractions include the world’s oldest merchant ship, formerly a carrier for convicts, and cargo – the Edwin Fox – which is today a floating museum, the National Whale Centre, and the EcoWorld Aquarium and Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre.
Local tour operators will happily take visitors fishing, dolphin watching, sea kayaking, scuba diving, sailing, mountain biking, and much more.