Things to do in Picton

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Things to Do in Picton

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  • KiwiDave13
    Auckland, New Zealand25 contributions
    Awesome multi day hike, so beautiful. Need to train for it and treat it seriously - the information provided are essentials not optional extras. Recommend arranging for the boat to transfer your bags each day and hike with just a day pack. Really nice to know that I could swap a day's hike for the boat if needed, but I didn't and am pleased I kept going. I used Wilderness Guides to organise everything and would recommend them.
    Written 9 June 2022
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  • Carla S
    4 contributions
    Picton has always been just a place to park and wait for the ferry, so spent two days with hubby relaxing. Walked to Bobs Bay, had a dip in the sea and thoroughly enjoyed it! Did some lovely gift shopping and lots of relaxation.
    Written 30 May 2022
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  • Ezra710
    Christchurch, New Zealand1,382 contributions
    Fantastic views of beautiful bays and bush covered mountains. Something new around every corner. Great to explore by foot, ferry, bike, water, road, path, air, boat, coast, mountain... Just do it!
    Written 28 May 2021
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  • Teamtasman
    6 contributions
    Absolutely worth seeing! Visited with kids (one in wheelchair) and adults and all found it fascinating. Amazing to be inside the ship and read the crimes and sentences for deported convicts!! Not wheelchair friendly (luckily we were able to carry our child around).
    Written 10 May 2022
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  • Simon D
    Auckland, New Zealand645 contributions
    We were lucky to have been here for a sailing to Wellington on a good autumn day. Picton township provided some nice coffee and a place to stretch our legs after a drive in. Certainly a picturesque part of the country and taking the Cook Strait ferry gave a birds eye view from the sea.
    Waikawa Bay was a nice spot a short drive from Picton for a picnic lunch.
    Written 11 April 2022
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  • Fran S
    Rotorua, New Zealand12 contributions
    Our return trip to Wellington on the Aratere was excellent. I am mobility compromised and found much to recommend the helpfulness of the crew and accommodation - i.e. lounge, toilets, access from the parking garage. Would book this vessel another time.
    Written 24 January 2022
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  • Michelle B
    Nelson, New Zealand98 contributions
    Everything about this place is superb. The accommodation with high level of cleanliness and views of the sea and punga ferns, the local wildlife - Kune kune pigs, weka, kakariki, bids, chooks etc and access to Queen Charlotte Sounds walkway - divine . Plus free use of kayaks and paddle boards. Excellent wine list and restaurant menu and a double bath house in the bush - tranquillity plus!
    Written 5 April 2022
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  • Robert D
    Caloundra, Australia77 contributions
    We needed some maps of the local things to see and do, we weren't disappointed, the staff were busy at that time but we were not in a rush and they were most helpful
    Written 6 March 2020
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  • Dan T
    12 contributions
    4 1/2 stars

    While entry fee is on the higher range, based on being able to revisit the aquarium more than once pays for itself.

    Our kids (and us) enjoyed the displays and seeing the animals at the attraction. On our second visit, one of the staff talked to us about the animals and took time to answer our kid’s questions about the land and sea creatures. Thank you for that! Made our visit even more amazing.

    All the best for the future and we hope that the Port realises what an asset you are so we can visit again in the near future.

    Thank you.
    Written 3 December 2021
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  • Superpear
    Ashburton, New Zealand1,341 contributions
    First of all you have to get there. The only way to do this is get a water taxi at $40 per head for a return journey. Man that is pricey for a 10 minute ride!!!

    The trail is then lovely to follow and maintained to a high standard. There are NZ birds to be seen, but no more than you will see elsewhere around the Sounds. I really hope this attracts more bird life and maintaining a predator free path of land is not cheap and easy, but it was basically a very expensive walk.
    Written 19 March 2022
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  • rosemary marriott
    Napier, New Zealand39 contributions
    This museum has much of interest including a comprehensive display of the whaling history in the area. We were in picton for captain cook's 250th centenary celebrations but the museum failed to mention this auspicious occasion or have a special display for it. There was no children's area but my granddaughter enjoyed the pioneer life area without getting bored.
    Written 22 January 2020
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  • Sharon52NZ
    Auckland38 contributions
    Narrow road from Picton to Karaka Point reserve but the view from land of Queen Charlotte Sound worth it. Great parking and a long drop toilet on the short walk also
    Written 3 April 2021
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  • azra h
    Surfers Paradise, Australia345 contributions
    it was amazing to see the old footage of whale hunting. those people were the real adventures fishing for whales in such tiny boats, without fear for their own safety. the main reason was to feed their families. whale meat, fat , skins etc was all used for something, nothing was wasted. it was an interesting to see the tools they used and how primitive they were compare to today. spent few hours looking and reading about the history of the town. it is a beautiful part of New Zealand with the most beautiful homes and harbour . large stingrays swimming around looking for scraps that fishermen throw and feed them. lots of flowers everywhere and a lovely bridge to walk over from harbour to the town. every port we visited is full of logs , which means lots and lots of trees have been brought down for the satisfaction of having a pine table or a black oak cabinet. I understand that it creates lots of jobs but can we replenish what we cut down? there is a ferry from Picton to Wellington and it only takes 3 hours and you can take the car. love to drive to Wellington from there to see the inland path.
    Written 25 March 2019
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  • Naina-Damani
    London, UK1,032 contributions
    The War Memorial at Picton is a monument and a sculpture of a soldier which commemorates First and Second World War.
    Written 14 February 2021
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  • 422iana
    Dunedin, New Zealand3,072 contributions
    There is a small beach. Accessible from the road above. It is a steep but short track down. There are toilets in the bay and a very narrow sandy beach.
    Written 14 January 2022
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