For all travelers going by ‘road’ to the South Island pass through Picton. Ferry in and ferry out. Most times the Ferry trip is uneventful, but there have in times past been exceptions to the rule.

30 years ago Picton was the transitory town from which the Sth Island excursion began. Picton addressed that need with the necessary services. Today Picton is a vibrant tourist and recreational centre in its own right. Not a Queenstown or Taupo as yet, but on the way.

Picton is also a Wellington ‘money’ town and Picton's real growth is being funded by this recreational and investment dollar. Property, shopping and lifestyle investments are on a steep growth curve. (Wellington’s secret)

The township of Waikawa is a couple of minutes' drive from Picton, practically part of the same town. Waikawa hosts a marina, one of the largest in New Zealand

Tourism is also keen to explore the ‘sounds’ like never before. Picton is a boon town and being just three ‘cheap’ travels and relaxing hours from Wellington will continue to grow.

The town is named after Sir Thomas Picton, the military associate of the Duke of Wellington, who was killed at the Battle of Waterloo. The Picton Museum gives a good insight to the early history of the town. The maritime museum is also worth a good look.

The Picton War Memorial has a high profile overlooking the sounds. Poignant also.

Picton has two ‘old’ churches plus a modern offering.

The Hotels on Picton’s old waterfront have given way to some classy upgraded offerings plus the traditional taverns.

Picton is a great town to visit and stay. Allow days to enjoy.




Fireplace Dump Station
General Store Bottled Gas
Internet Caravan
Camping 4WD
Kitchen Facilities Disabled access
Laundry Toilets
Campervans Accommodation
Meals Airport
Pets Allowed Boat Ramp
Telephone Picnic Area
Roadside Rest Area Electricity
Scenic Swimming
Tap water   Thermal Area
Stream Water Walking tracks
Rotary Club Lions Club
Gymnasium Gardens
Winery Whitewater Rafting
Surfing   Skydiving
Skiing Scenic Flights
Postal Service Police
Movie Location Mountain Biking
Kayaking Jet Boating
Information Hospital
Hang Gliding Golf Course