Picton, a charming coastal town located in the Marlborough Sounds region of New Zealand, is a popular destination for visitors looking for a break from the hustle and bustle of city life. With its stunning scenery, rich history, and ample opportunities for outdoor recreation, there’s no shortage of things to do in Picton. Here’s a guide to help you make the most of your three-day trip to this picturesque town.
Day 1: Explore the Marlborough Sounds
Exploring Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand is a truly breathtaking experience. This beautiful and remote area is located at the top of the South Island and is known for its stunning coastline, rolling hills, and crystal clear waters.
Start your day with a scenic boat tour through the sounds and enjoy the stunning views of the lush green hills and deep blue waters. If you’re more of a water sports fan then try a guided kayak tour thorough the Sounds and truly immerse yourself in the nature reserves and spectacular surrounds.
Such activities are sure to work up your appetite and, being surrounded by the sea, Marlborough Sounds has a plethora of fresh seafood to offer. Try some of the local seafood restaurants and indulge in green-lipped mussels, oysters, and fish caught that day.
Day 2: Discover Picton’s History and Culture
On your second day in Picton, take a stroll through the town’s historic centre, where you’ll find a variety of historic buildings and cultural attractions.
Visit the Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, where you can learn about the town’s maritime history and the story of the Edwin Fox, the world’s ninth oldest surviving ship. The Marlborough Museum, is also a must as it offers a fascinating glimpse into the region’s rich history.
The Marlborough region is famous for its wine production, particularly its Sauvignon Blanc. After learning the town’s history be sure to stop by the famous Grove Mill Winery to take a wine tour and taste some of the local wines.
Day 3: Visit the Queen Charlotte Sound
On your final day in Picton, take a boat tour of the Queen Charlotte Sound, a stunning area filled with scenic bays, hidden caves and secluded beaches. Along the way, keep an eye out for wildlife, including dolphins, seals, and penguins.
In the afternoon, visit the Queen Charlotte Sound Lookout, where you can enjoy the most exquisite panoramic views of the surrounding area.
Where To Stay?
Whether you’re traveling solo, as a couple, or as a family, we have the perfect space for you at Tasman Holiday Parks – Picton.
Book a villa, motel or, for budget-friendly travel, a self-contained cabin. If you’re camping and caravanning, take advantage of our top-notch facilities, including a well-equipped camp kitchen, clean and modern restrooms, solar-heated swimming pool and a playground for the kids.
Make Tasman Holiday Parks – Picton your home base when exploring Picton and its surrounds. With its central location, excellent facilities and welcoming staff, you’ll feel instantly relaxed as you arrive to your accommodation after a day of exploring.