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Picton, NZ

Enjoy the Heart of the Sounds after a Cook Strait Crossing

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Get the Lowdown on the Interisland Ferry

We've put all the info you might need on Cook Strait Ferry travel in one place. As vehicles aren't insured on the ferry, companies will ask you to leave your vehicle in Picton, and fix you up with a replacement when you get to Wellington. 

Dolphins: Your Picton Pals

Have you ever dreamed of swimming with dolphins? Well, there's good news for you! You can have a splash with these sea creatures in the lovely town of Picton, with Dolphin Watch Ecotours. This company, which is owned and operated by marine biologists, is  award-winning, and offers wonderful wildlife cruises. 

Drive to Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry to enjoy a taste of warm Kiwi hospitality. As you sail through Cook Strait with the Bluebridge service you'll get to view amazing scenery, experience amicable service, and even see free big screen movies. The Cook Strait is considered to be one of the world's great scenic crossings. 

Dolphins and whales like to keep Bluebridge's ferries company so if you're lucky, you may  spot a couple of them diving on the water's surface.  

Picton travel guide

The gateway to the South Island of New Zealand, heart of the sounds. 

Kick start your South Island holiday in comfort by getting a car rental in Picton. With a car hire, you can explore the wonderful scenery and breathtaking beauty that the town and the South Island of New Zealand have to offer. The unspoilt beauty of the Marlborough Sounds is right on the doorstep of Picton, and the wine country of Blenheim is just up the road! Fun fact: with both the Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sound as neighbours, Picton has access to one-fifth of New Zealand's coastline! 

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 location.png Interislander Ferry 

Picton bay

Being home to the ferry terminal means that Picton is the gateway for inter-island travel in New Zealand. The ferry between the two islands will carry passengers and vehicles, and is considered one of the world's great scenic water crossings. As hire cars are not insured when travelling on ferries, your car rental company will ask you to leave your car on one side of Cook Strait, and arrange a replacement car after the crossing. So relax and enjoy the cruise, with a break from driving and a chance to enjoy the scenery. 

Toa Tai Fishing Charter

 location.png Address: 89 Waikawa Rd

Picton is a picturesque waterfront location, and the surrounding Marlborough Sounds is home to a mixture of activities on both land or sea. Leave the rental car on dry land as a boat charter will provide a wonderful day of fishing and appreciating the beauty of the sea. Don't be surprised if a pod of dolphins appear beside your boat or one of the many sea creatures that call this little part of Earth, home.

The Queen Charlotte Track

 location.png The Queen Charlotte Track

The Queen Charlotte Track is a unique experience which combines coastal views, the mystique of the Marlborough Sounds, and native bush. You can explore the track by walking, biking or cruising, with your pack transferred to each night's accommodation. Traversing the track can take between 1 and 5 days.  Be sure to let someone know that you will be out on the track and when you estimate getting back .

location.png  EcoWorld Aquarium

This friendly aquarium features Little Blue Penguins, mystical seahorses and New Zealand's living fossil, the Tuatara. 

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 Lochmara Lodge (Wildlife Recovery & Arts Centre)

 location.png Address: Lochmara Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound (Accessible Via Boat Ride)

With such a long name you would expect big things here.  If you're a nature lover, you'll find this accommodation location that extra bit special. The centre allows visitors to interact with bird species and geckos and be inspired by the fauna and flower species located in the Marlborough Sounds. Its the perfect holiday retreat location.

 Jugglers Rest Backpackers

 location.png Address: 8 Canterbury Street

This renovated historic villa is the town's smallest hostel offering beds for only 16 people. With its central location, it's an easy 10 min. stroll or 3 min. drive to town. Priding itself on an atmosphere which can't be beaten, you'll see why it has a 99% positive review rate.  The Huffington Post featured it as one of the 12 most awesome hostels in the world. Worth seeing what all the fuss is about. But get in quick :)

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 Picton Village Bakkerij

 location.png Address: 46 Auckland St

This award-winning bakery is owned by a Dutchman and his Kiwi wife, and with their home based knowledge have created the best reputable artisan breads, tasty sweets, satisfying savouries, healthy filled rolls and delectable, filling meat pies. It has everything that is expected to be found at a bakery, only better!

Monday - Friday   6.00am - 4.00pm                                                                                                       Saturday - Sunday    6.00am - 3.30pm

Le Cafe Restaurant

 location.png Address: Waterfront, 12-14 London Quay

Using the best of seasonal and local produce, you'll have the finest quality for your money at this cute cafe. Not only does it offer good food with a spectacular view, you'll be delighted with live music performances to make your experience that extra bit special.
Hours: Mon - Sun: 7:30 am - 1:45 am

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