Local Activities and Attractions in Picton NZ

Picton is famous as the South Island home of the Inter-island Ferry service, but the town and surrounding region also has a wealth of wonderful experiences to offer visitors. Picton is a great place for a holiday - for water and land lovers alike.


This is a special place to spend some time during your visit to Picton. Step through the War Memorial and enjoy the picture postcard view of the Sounds framed by lovely palm trees – a great picnic spot. Activities include: children’s playground, sail boats, model train rides and a merry-go-round.

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Allan Scott Wines

Allan Scott Wines is a family business established and operated by Catherine and Allan Scott. The winery is now one of the older established in the region. It has a solid reputation for medal-winning wines, fine food and award-winning premises. The 24 hectare vineyard and winery complex are located on Jacksons Road. The winery, sales facilities and award winning 'Twelve Trees' Restaurant are accommodated in a rammed earth building featuring warm natural timbers.

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Sounds Connection Wine Tours

Based in Marlborough, we are positioned as the leading providers of quality tours of the Marlborough Region of New Zealand. The Marlborough Region offers activities for families, individuals, groups and the independent traveller.

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Picton/Marlborough Sounds Walks

There are several walks within 600m of the Motel as listed below.

Bobs Bay Track – 30 min
The track sidles above the shoreline with views over the Picton Harbour and Ferry terminal before descending to Bobs Bay. This sheltered bay is suitable for swimming.

Humphries Dam – 40 min
The track follows a formed road, then a track of easy gradient passes through native forest to a picnic area beside the lake formed by Humphries Dam

Tirohanga Track (Round Trip) – 2 hrs
A steep track that offers extensive views over Picton, Waikawa and the Sounds from the Hill Top Viewpoint

Snout Track – 90 min
From the carpark the track climbs to Queen Charlotte Lookout then continues along the ridge with extensive views over the Sounds along the way.

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The Picton Foreshore

Distance 450m
This is a special place to spend some time during your visit to Picton. Step through the War Memorial and enjoy the picture postcard view of the Sounds framed by lovely palm trees – a great picnic spot. Activities include: children’s playground, sail boats, model train rides and a merry-go-round.
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EcoWorld Aqaurium

Distance 450m
At Ecoworld you can explore the hidden world of the Marlborough Sounds with hundreds of fish and invertebrates. Ancient tuatara, bright geckos and slinky skinks can be found within our reptile display and if you are really quiet you may even discover the Giant Weta ("god of the ugly things") sleeping in their burrows.
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Mini Golf

Distance 450m
18 hole mine golf course, open every day 9am till sundown. Merry Go Round for children alongside Mini Golf Course.
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Skateboard Park

Distance 100m
Across the road from the Broadway Motel there is a large new skate Board Park with lots of ramps and jumps. Skate boards are available from the motel on request.
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Waikawa Bay and Marina

Distance 7km
Hire a kayak or go for a swim in Waikawa Bay. Ideal playground for children with a fantastic view of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Wander around the Marina and enjoy a whitebait sandwich (depending on the season) at the waterfront cafe & bar, the Jolly Roger or have breakfast, sumptuous lunch or dinner at the newly opened Spinnaker Restaurant & Conference Centre.
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Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

Distance 700m
A detailed history of the 9th oldest ship in the world - the Edwin Fox. A large collection of artefacts from on board the ship was found whilst cleaning between the frames. The Maritime Centre is located 100 metres from the Rail Ferry Terminal on the Picton Foreshore. Access is available to the ship and also the Graving Dock she is housed in.
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Picton Museum and Historical Society

Distance 450m
Open daily 11am - 3pm. It is very informative and well worth a visit. There are particular items of interest to the whaling industry, which operated from Tory Channel and Port Underwood. There are also interesting displays on Maori, Early Settlers and Mythical interest from around the area.
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Queen Charlotte Track

Visitors to the Queen Charlotte Track will find this a unique walk as it passes through lush coastal forest, historic bays, and along skyline ridges with unsurpassed views of Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds. This walk is as much about a walking holiday as it is an environmental, cultural and lifestyle experience. Complementing the unique natural features of the track is the variety of accommodation available along the track and the water transport services which allow your luggage to be transferred each day, whether you are walking guided or freedom.

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Cougar Line Boat Tours and Cruises

Distance 480m
Cougar Line is the main transportation company transferring walkers to and from any point along The Queen Charlotte Track daily. Multi day options all have free luggage transfers(no restriction) and optional free transfer across Endeavour Inlet. There are several fantastic tours and cruises to choose from.
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Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company

Distance 480m
The Marlborough Sounds Adventure company have unequalled knowledge of the Marlborough Sounds and Queen Charlotte Track. Whether you want to sea kayak, hike or mountain bike, with or without a guide.
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Wilderness Guides

Distance 450m
Wilderness Guides can show you the Marlborough Sounds like no one else! We live, work and play in this fantastic region - your guides are local people, have grown up here and call this area home. Our passion for this place is obvious and our commitment to our unique environment genuine.
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Highlight Wine Tours

Experience a selection of the very best of Marlborough's Wines with your choice of wineries to visit.Highlight Tours are for those with a taste for wines, beers and fruit liqueurs. Join us for a taste and tour through Marlborough's World famous wine region. A tour not to be missed to capture the essential taste of Marlborough!

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Marlborough Flyer

The Marlborough Flyer is a heritage steam train from a majestic bygone era.
Join us to experience a heritage steam journey between Picton and Blenheim. Travelling on the historic World War I Memorial Locomotive, Passchendaele (1915), your journey through Marlborough takes you to Blenheim, where you can explore and be spoilt for choice sampling the regions’ world-famous wines and cuisine.
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