Cruises to Picton
Picton sits at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound and is surrounded by lush, rolling hills. It is the gateway to the South Island of New Zealand, and a launching pad to the many inlets and bays that make up Marlborough Sounds.
Picton is the Marlborough region’s second largest town and is only a 25-minute drive from Blenheim, making it the perfect base to experience both the Queen Charlotte Sound and the Marlborough wine region. The town has a rich historic past as a Maori settlement and fishing village and is now a haven for food, nature and art lovers with spectacular views and a relaxed atmosphere.
At A Glance
2,928 (2006 census)
English and Te Reo Maori
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What To See
Take a look around town
If you don’t want to stray far from Picton simply enjoy some time relaxing on the foreshore, absorbing the tranquil surroundings, enjoying a local bush walk, visiting Ecoworld Aquarium or browsing through one of the town’s many galleries and gift shops.
Explore the Queen Charlotte Sound
The cruise into Picton is truly spectacular, but the Queen Charlotte Sound is one of the must do experiences in the region. Best explored by water, there are a range of cruises and activities to suit everyone including sailing, sea kayaking, fishing, dolphin viewing and more. Alternatively, take a short scenic walk before settling in at a waterfront resort with some fine food and a glass of local wine.
Taste Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc
Marlborough is New Zealand’s biggest and most famous wine producing region due to the international success of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Join a tour or take a taxi to experience this regional specialty at one of the winery cellar doors, ranging from well known international brands to small boutique family producers. The closest is less than 10 minutes away.
Your ship will dock at Waitohi Wharf, a comfortable walking distance from the centre of town.
Taxis are available pier-side and throughout Picton.
For a small town, Picton has a number of excellent cafes and restaurants. Most are located along London Quay, or on High Street. Seafood and local lamb are, of course, specialties. Alternatively, dine casually, and al fresco with a hearty serve of take-away fish-n-chips. This inexpensive local treat is best enjoyed on a nice spot by the waterfront.
Quarantine authorities do not generally allow food such as fruit and vegetables, dairy and meat products and sandwiches to be taken off the ship however commercially packaged confectionery, chips and bottled drinking water are allowed subject to inspection.
Since you are in one of the great vineyard areas of New Zealand, why not take home a selection of wines to help you recall some fantastic memories? There are also great craft shops and galleries that feature exquisite blown glass, jewellery and items fashioned from local jade or greenstone. Please note that any wine purchases will not be available for consumption onboard. They will be safely kept by security staff and returned upon disembarkation in your home port.
The Marlborough region has a temperate climate and is renowned for its sunny days. In summer the average temperature is a pleasant 22 degrees. Rainfall here is lower than in most other parts of New Zealand.
Major credit cards and charge cards are widely accepted. Picton only has one bank and limited currency exchange facilities.
Public telephones are located in the Picton Ferry Terminal and on nearby High Street. Mobile coverage is generally available as long as global roaming is selected prior to leaving home. Internet access can be found in town.
WHAT TO WEAR ASHORE
To make your day ashore as enjoyable as possible, please wear comfortable flat soled shoes, lightweight clothing and a hat. You are also advised to bring sunscreen, bottled water and a warm, waterproof jacket in case it gets windy or starts to rain.
There are a range of tours available for you to really get the most out of your time in Picton. Tours can be booked onboard at the shore tours desk and are subject to availability. Passengers are required to meet at a specific location for each shore tour departure. Please refer to your tour ticket for the correct time and place.
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