A brief overview of the place
Picton is a pretty little seaside town found at the head of the south island of New Zealand, sprinkled with cute cafes, local galleries, and boutiques and surrounded by lush hills and mountains. Picton is famous for being a fishing village with incredible nature and spectacular views.
What I did there
Going from the ship into Picton, we took a shuttle bus that takes about 20 minutes. We were dropped off on the waterfront which has a lovely little park and is perfect for kids to run around and play on the swings, or for you to find a place to sit and enjoy to beautiful views.
Starving, my first port of call was a lively little restaurant called the Seabreeze cafe and restaurant, to have breakfast. I had the most amazing omelette and coffee. Coffee is something I always get when I’m out in port because if you’re a regular cruiser, you will know that coffee onboard just isn’t that good, so having a nice cup of coffee is a real treat.
Feeling full and energised, I walked down the park and found myself a spot on the grass and watched the world go by. The little boats whizzing past with the mountains in the distance makes for a beautiful sight. The grass is lush, and there is an abundance of seats.
After sitting a while, I wandered through the boutiques filled with beautiful bohemian clothes and lovely jewellery pieces.
Picton reminded of me of a typical seaside town in England, very laid back and pretty and everyone’s hand holding a Mr Whippy ice cream.
Most popular excursions
See the town
Have a leisurely mooch around the pretty town and absorb the tranquil surroundings while you enjoy some tasty food and weave in and out the shops.
See the Queen Charlotte Sounds
Seeing the Sounds is very popular as it truly is amazing. You can see the Sounds by either taking a cruise, fishing, kayaking or Dolphin viewing.
Marlborough is the most famous wine producing region in New Zealand because of the success of its Sauvignon Blanc. Take a look through the never-ending wine cellars and taste the amazing wine right where its made.
Free things to do
Spending the afternoon on the waterfront as I did.
New Zealand Dollar
English and Te Reo Maori
Things to know
The ship will dock in Waitohi Wharf. You can either walk into the town or take the shuttle bus provided.