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Picton is located in one of the sunniest parts of New Zealand, the top of the South Island, a quaint port town nestled deep in the Marlborough Sounds.

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 Waterfront Queen Charlotte Sound

Situated at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton is the gateway to the greater Marlborough Sounds area, which offers great opportunities for fishing trips or a getaway holiday in its secluded bays, many of which can only be accessed by boat. 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.

While in the township, enjoy the gardens on the foreshore, or learn about Queen Charlotte Sound’s whaling past at Picton Museum.

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Sunday 24 June 2018
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Saturday 23 June 2018
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Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, Picton
Sunday 24 June 2018
Matariki Festival - AHO
Picton Foreshore, Picton
Saturday 14 July 2018
Matariki Public Art Installation - Add Your Mark
Picton Library and Service Centre, Picton
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Picton News

 11 Jun 2018 

Radio New Zealand
Motorists urged to avoid SH1 between Chch and Picton
Radio New Zealand
Motorists planning to use State Highway 1 between Christchurch and Picton should rethink their plans as there would likely be delays, the Transport Agency said. Rain is forecast across the Kaikōura Coast from early tomorrow morning through to Wednesday.

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