We always recommend that our campervan customers avoid a big drive on their pickup day. It’s a good idea to get accustomed to the vehicle before embarking on a longer trip. If you’re picking up your campervan at our Picton location, you’ll have no problem finding things to do in the immediate area!
While many people only associate this quaint town with the inter-island ferries that arrive and depart from here, it is truly a destination in its own right. We chose Picton as a pick up and drop off point for our campervans not only for its convenient location, but also because of the great activities the area has to offer.
Here are some of our favourite things to do in Picton:
Explore the Marlborough Sounds
Picton is nestled in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds, a maze of bays and waterways that make up an impressive fifth of New Zealand’s entire coastline! Here, you may find yourself alone on a stunning beach or gazing upon a secluded by from a bush-clad ridgeline. A number of tour operators offer boat charters through the Marlborough Sounds with departures from Picton. Whether you spend an hour or a day exploring the sounds, you’ll be enchanted by the beautiful scenery and abundant wildlife. Tour options include dolphin watching, fishing charters, or a cruise to an isolated resort for a decadent lunch or dinner, among others
A Day Trip (or Longer!) on the Queen Charlotte Track
The Queen Charlotte Track is touted as one of the most scenic and accessible walking tracks in New Zealand. There are a number of ways to explore this track, which meanders through 70km of coastline, ridgelines, and native bush. You can opt to explore the entire track, which takes 3 – 5 days by foot (less by mountain bike) or go for a 1 day option. Along the way, stay in luxurious resorts and lodges or camp out in DOC huts. The track is easily self-catered or you can choose from one of the many excellent tours, which offer a wide range of options to accommodate all skill levels and budgets. Several companies offer 1-day guided walks, which include a boat cruise, meals, and a guide who will help you make the most of the day.
Cruise Queen Charlotte Sound
Out of the inter-island ferry path, the Queen Charlotte Sound is the closest sound to Picton. Easily accessible by boat, this is the perfect place to spend a few hours or a day observing wildlife and exploring the pristine coastline. A popular option is the ‘mailboat cruise,’ that departs from Picton on certain days of the week. You’ll join the ship’s captain as he delivers mail and supplies to remote communities throughout the Queen Charlotte Sound. Here, you’ll experience a part of New Zealand life that remains all but untouched by the outside world.
Visit the Edwin Fox Maritime Museum
On display at this fascinating museum is the Edwin Fox, the world’s ninth oldest ship! Located near the Picton Ferry Interislander Terminal, explore the ship, learn about her fascinating history, and view other relics on display. It’s an easy way to spend a few hours in town before or after lunch.
If you’ve been to Picton, we’d love to hear about your favourite activities in the area! Share them in the comments area below so other travellers can check out your recommendations.