Picton, New Zealand

Located at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, Picton is your gateway to the South Island's famed Marlborough District. Once known primarily for its lush farm lands and many sheep stations, Marlborough came to international attention thanks to a new agricultural product - wine. The release of the 1985 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc put New Zealand on the map and changed the world's focus on winemaking in the Southern Hemisphere. Today, the Marlborough region boasts dramatic sea and landscapes, fascinating wine country, excellent restaurants and a number of the nation's finest gardens.

Military names abound in this corner of New Zealand - the region is named for the first Duke of Marlborough, while the largest town, Blenheim, is named after his most famous battle. Picton is named for Sir Thomas Picton, a favorite of another general, the first duke of Wellington.

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Points of Interest

  • Marlborough Wineries
  • Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Lochmara Lodge
  • Omaka Aviation Heritage Center
  • Pelorous Sound
  • Makana Confections
  • Outdoor Adventure
  • Winery
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  • Marlborough Wineries

    Marlborough wines put New Zealand on the viticultural map.

  • Queen Charlotte Sound

    The sound's colors range from turquoise to emerald - attract seals, sea birds and dolphins including common, bottlenose and Hector's dolphins.

  • Lochmara Lodge

    The lodge is home to a Wildlife Recovery Center and an Arts Center with galleries and a sculpture trail.

  • Omaka Aviation Heritage Center

    Home to one of the largest private collections of World War I aircraft in the world.

  • Pelorous Sound

    One of the two major arms of the Marlborough Sounds. In keeping with the area's penchant for place names honoring military heroes, Havelock is named after Sir Henry Havelock, hero of the Indian Mutiny.

  • Makana Confections

    This boutique confectioner has garnered international attention for its classic chocolate truffles and macadamia nut candies.

  • Outdoor Adventure

    The intricate waterways of the Marlborough Sounds make up a fifth of the New Zealand coastline, making it a perfect spot for exploring by kayak. The spectacular Queen Charlotte Track is one of the most popular walks in New Zealand.

  • Winery

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Scenic Cruising on Queen Charlotte Sounds

2.5 hours | Picton | PCN-245
  • Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Outdoor Adventure

View the dramatic seascapes of Queen Charlotte Sound on a sightseeing cruise. Your catamaran features both open and enclosed decks for your viewing enjoyment. Feed the pet fish at Double Cove, enjoy coffee or tea during your cruise and take in this stunning meeting of sky, land and sea.

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Picton Seaport Walk

2.5 hours | Picton | PCN-380
  • Outdoor Adventure

Welcome to Picton a charming little seaport town, gateway to the Marlborough Sounds and the rest of the South Island. Picton has a rich realm of Maori and European history created by its natural environment.

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Highlights of Marlborough

2.5 hours | Picton | PCN-215
  • Makana Confections

Enjoy the scenic sights of Marlborough on this coach journey from Picton, through the township of Blenheim and out into the Marlborough wine region. Your driver will share the history of the region and the locals who live here. Enjoy a short shopping stop in Blenheim before heading out to Fairhall to take in the views across Marlborough--a wonderful photo opportunity. At the Makana boutique chocolate factory, you can watch as divine chocolates are handmade, before tasting the finished product. Then return to Picton.

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Kaipupu Point Mainland Wildlife Sanctuary

3 hours | Picton | PCN-105
  • Queen Charlotte Sound

Located on a peninsula, the sanctuary is protected by predator-proof fence and the birdlife here is now flourishing. An army of local volunteers and generous donations helped to create this safe haven for native wildlife.

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Walk the Queen Charlotte Track & Scenic Cruise

3.5 hours | Picton | PCN-385
  • Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Outdoor Adventure

This tour is perfect for the active traveller who likes to keep fit on holiday, combining sightseeing and a walk in the natural New Zealand landscape. Cruise the waters of Queen Charlotte Sound to Mistletoe Bay. The rich waters of the Sound are home to dolphins, seals and seabirds. Your 90-minute guided walk travels the Peninsula Loop Trail and offers views of lush coastal forest and dramatic bays. Enjoy tea during your return cruise to Picton.

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Knights of the Sky: The Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum

3.5 hours | Picton | PCN-220
  • Omaka Aviation Heritage Center

The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is home to a stunning collection of World War I aircraft--a blend of faithful replicas and authentic aircraft. Many of the aircraft are on loan to the museum from Hollywood film director, Peter Jackson. The facility presents lifelike displays comprised of a spectacular collection of static and airworthy aircraft.

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Marlborough Flyer Steam Train Tour

5 hours | Picton | PCN-100

Join us on a majestic steam train ride from a bygone era. The WWI Memorial steam locomotive was built in 1915 and later named the "Passchendaele", in memory of the famous 1917 Battle of Passchendaele.

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The Wines of Marlborough

4.5 hours | Picton | PCN-310
  • Winery
  • Marlborough Wineries

Marlborough wines put New Zealand on the viticultural map. Travel to Blenheim in the heart of wine country on a scenic drive that stops at three premium wine estates.

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Port Underwood Coastal Drive

4 hours | Picton | PCN-205
  • Outdoor Adventure

This off-the-beaten-track tour is specially designed for traveling by private mini-coach, and you'll explore an area that few New Zealanders visit.

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Marlborough Maori Marae Insight

3.5 hours | Picton | PCN-230
  • Marlborough Wineries

Nestled among the beautiful landscapes and wineries of Marlborough, the Omaka Marae is the cultural meeting place of local Maori. This is your opportunity to access a living marae, and its history and people.

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Queen Charlotte Sound by Sea Kayak

4 hours | Picton | PCN-410
  • Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Outdoor Adventure

Experience the dramatic seascapes of Queen Charlotte Sound on a kayak paddle. The forested shore is dotted with coves, bays and beaches while the cold, nutrient rich waters of the sound are home to seals, dolphins and penguins.

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High Country Safari

6 hours | Picton | PCN-210
  • Marlborough Wineries

The main breed of sheep raised here is the hardy Merino, whose fine wool fetches the highest prices internationally. Take this rare opportunity to visit one of the pioneering sheep farming districts of New Zealand in the high country of this ruggedly beautiful region, where snow-capped mountains dominate the skyline.

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