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28 Best and Fun Things To Do In Picton, New Zealand

Great cafés, restaurants, galleries, and specialty shops are found in this picturesque port town, which is at the heart of the Marlborough Sounds.

The town is built around a very protected harbor and has an attractive waterfront lined with cafes, restaurants, and diverse museums and aquariums. Daily boat trips from Picton’s jetties take you to beautiful spots throughout Queen Charlotte Sound, providing you with a daily ambiance of songbirds, wind, and gentle waves lapping against your boat. It’s all about fresh local seafood, distinctive wines, and simple yet sophisticated meals in Marlborough Sounds. You can dine at one of the region’s many independent restaurants, which offer globally inspired cuisine, or at one of the many traditional New Zealand restaurants.

Picton has everything you could want from a relaxing yet exciting beach holiday. The list below highlights some of the best attractions you simply have to visit during your time in this quaint seaside town.

The 28 Most Popular Things To Do In Picton, New Zealand

28. Tokomaru – Mount Robertson

5.0 ★★★★★ (1 review)


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27. Okiwa Bay

5.0 ★★★★★ (2 reviews)

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26. Port Underwood

4.7 ★★★★★ (3 reviews)

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25. Ratimera Bay

5.0 ★★★★★ (3 reviews)


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24. Te Mahia Bay

4.8 ★★★★★ (4 reviews)


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23. Allports Island

4.8 ★★★★★ (5 reviews)

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22. Whatamango Bay

5.0 ★★★★★ (5 reviews)

21. Hakahaka Bay

4.2 ★★★★☆ (5 reviews)


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20. Lochmara Bay

4.5 ★★★★★ (6 reviews)

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19. Whenuanui Or Becks Bay

3.9 ★★★★☆ (7 reviews)

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18. Waterfall Bay

4.4 ★★★★☆ (8 reviews)

17. Governors Bay

4.4 ★★★★☆ (9 reviews)

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16. Ocean Bay

4.9 ★★★★★ (9 reviews)

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15. Grove Arm

4.9 ★★★★★ (12 reviews)

14. Aussie Bay

4.4 ★★★★☆ (12 reviews)

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13. Mistletoe Bay

4.7 ★★★★★ (21 reviews)


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12. Pukatea – Whites Bay

4.7 ★★★★★ (23 reviews)

11. Waikawa Bay

4.8 ★★★★★ (33 reviews)

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10. Alexanders Holiday Park

3.5 ★★★★☆ (215 reviews)


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Location: 2C Canterbury St Picton

Tel:  3-573-6378

Web Address:

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9. Marlborough Flyer

5.0 ★★★★★ (6 reviews)

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Location: Picton Railway Streetation Picton

Tel:  3-974-1812

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8. Picton Heritage & Whaling Museum

4.2 ★★★★☆ (27 reviews)


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Location: 9 London Quay Picton

Tel:  3-573-8283

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7. Seafood Odyssea Cruise

4.5 ★★★★★ (48 reviews)

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Location: Town Wharf 6 Picton Marina

Tel:  3-577-9997

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6. Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary

4.6 ★★★★★ (95 reviews)

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Location: Kaipupu Point Shakespeare Bay Picton

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5. Bobs Bay Reserve

4.6 ★★★★★ (117 reviews)

Location: Picton

4. The Snout

4.8 ★★★★★ (124 reviews)

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Location: Picton

3. Tirohanga Track

4.7 ★★★★★ (153 reviews)


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Location: 26 Newgate St Picton

2. Edwin Fox Museum

4.6 ★★★★★ (181 reviews)

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Location: Dunbar Wharf Picton

Tel:  3-573-6868

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1. EcoWorld Aquarium & Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre

3.7 ★★★★☆ (311 reviews)

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Location: 1 Picton Wharf Picton Foreshore Picton

Tel:  22-152-8785

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Thank you for reading our list of the best things to do in Picton, New Zealand! We hope it helped you plan the perfect itinerary for your next trip to this fantastic destination. Happy travels!

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