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Picton Sound, Picton

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#5 of 14 in Parks in Marlborough Region
Marina Pier / Boardwalk
Visit a place of notable natural beauty at Picton Sound, a small town known for its water activities and scenery. Head here to enjoy secluded beaches nestled between the blue sea and the green mountains. The calm water is perfect for sailing, kayaking, and ferry rides, or just walk around the bay while stopping for coffee and snacks along the shore. For more shopping and dining, head into the town center. Climb to one of the nearby hilltops for beautiful photo ops, too. Put Picton Sound on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Picton itinerary maker.
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  • I got into Picton late at night. Could not see anything. Upon waking.... this place and the sound are gorgeous!! I took the ferry to Wellington through Picton Sound and was on sensory overload!!!!! Be...  more »
  • We fell in love with Picton. It is small but has a bit of everything, not least incredible views and scenery. Do stay for a few days - there is more to it than a ferry port!  more »
  • When in Picton head out into the Sounds on foot via the Snout Track walk. Can be accessed from town but we parked up the hill - follow signs for Victoria Domain. The views are stunning and the walk is...  more »

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Where to stay in Picton

The greatest variety of accommodations in Picton clusters at the western end of Waikawa Road, all within easy reach of the ferry termil and waterfront. Options include hotels, motels, hostels, and apartments, designed to suit the tastes of the multitude of people arriving from North Island, or heading there. Farther east along the coast of the sheltered inlet you'll find camping areas and expansive resorts, while motels offer lodgings along the roads that lead out of Picton.
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