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