Take a cruise on Beachcomber cruises to see the beautiful sounds, hop off the boat at the pest free island of Motuara and see the little blue penguin nesting and many of New Zealand's native bird and lizard species. This island is quite a treat. Then get back on the boat to spend some time walking the various parts of the Queen Charlotte Track. You can do ½ day trips, day trips or take your time over several days.
After your day's outing you may just fancy a little rest day by booking in to a wine tour with Sounds Connection to recharge you for the rest of your holiday adventures. Marlborough has some of New Zealand's award-winning wines. How about fishing charter into the sounds to catch yourself some beautiful local kai (Maori word for food), Sounds Connection can make that happen for you.
If biking is your thing, check out Wilderness Guides and the Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company. There are many tracks available. Some local and some you get to by boat. Maybe you would like to do a little round the sounds trip in a Kayak.
The Edwin Fox museum is worth a look. The 9th oldest ship in the world resides right here in Picton!!
Oh and how about a swim with the dolphins with Dolphin Watch Ek-O Tours.
Picton is so close to the land of The Hobbit where Peter Jackson filmed bridge scenes on the Pelorus River in the movie The Hobbit, The Desolation of Smaug. This is a stunning picturesque 30 - 40 minute drive from Picton via Queen Charlotte drive where there are views that take your breath away. You may even want to enjoy a Hobbit rafting trip with Pelorus Eco adventures
Foodies you are going to love the range of quality options that Picton has for you! Take a dinner cruise to Lochmara or enjoy the many local restaurants that rely on the catch of the day to keep you well-nourished during your stay.
Picton has many boating companies who will help you get to your destination of choice.
Picton is commonly the first port of entry from the North Island when exploring the South Island of New Zealand. Driving distance to many of South Island’s other places to explore are:
• Picton to Christchurch: 5 hours
• Picton to Wanaka: 10 hours
• Picton to Dunedin: 9 hours
• Picton to Queenstown: 11 hours
When you need to know where to stay in Picton, Anchor Down is your answer. The property gives you easy access to all the sights you can discover in the area. If you just want to relax and not go too far from Anchor Down there are lovely local walks and the waterfront is a stunning place to sit and picnic and wile away the hours.
Ask us for information or assistance and we will do our best to help you out and find the best things to do in Picton that suit you and your family.