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Mabel Island

Resting in the still waters of Picton Harbour is a tiny island, named after the daughter of the governor that chose Picton’s name.

For years Mabel Island was a tiny agricultural hamlet, located in the heart of Picton Harbour. Surrounded by the calm water of the Queen Charlotte Sound and watched over by the towering mountains that flank Picton, the island has long been a prime piece of real estate. Glide past the island aboard a sea kayak to get a closer view or capture photos of its forested shores aboard a chartered boat tour.

Today, Mabel Island is no longer farmed and is a largely forested area. It’s visible from Picton’s harbour-front precinct. See the inter-island ferry passing the island closely as it makes its way to and from Wellington on the North Island. Rent a sea kayak to explore the waters of Queen Charlotte Sound. Paddle into the inlets and rocky banks of Mabel Island for a closer look.

After admiring the small island, spend some time exploring the harbour precinct. Visit the Picton War Memorial or the Edwin Fox Maritime Museum, which is housed on the world’s 9th-oldest ship. A range of restaurants and cafés line the harbour. Many of these establishments offer views of Mabel Island. Sample locally produced wines from the Marlborough region, which is known around the world for its stunning white wines.

Mabel Island is located just offshore from Victoria Domain and can be seen by boat, kayak or from land.


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Lodging Near Mabel Island

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$63
Harbour View Motel

Harbour View Motel

30 Waikawa Road, Picton
4.7
of 5, from 76 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Picton, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Picton Harbour, Picton War Memorial, and Picton Museum. Waitohi Recreational Reserve and EcoWorld Aquarium are also within 10 minutes.

$70
Picton Beachcomber Inn

Picton Beachcomber Inn

27 Waikawa Road, Picton
4.4
of 5, from 67 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Picton, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Picton Harbour and Picton War Memorial. Picton Museum and Waitohi Recreational Reserve are also within 10 minutes.

$62
Picton Yacht Club Hotel

Picton Yacht Club Hotel

25 Waikawa Road, Picton
3.5
of 5, from 109 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Picton Harbour and Picton War Memorial. Picton Museum and Waitohi Recreational Reserve are also within 10 minutes.

$37
Parklands Marina Holiday Park

Parklands Marina Holiday Park

10 Beach Road, Waikawa
4.6
of 5, from 17 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Located in Waikawa Bay, this caravan park/campground is 0.5 mi (0.8 km) from Waikawa Marina and within 3 mi (5 km) of Picton Harbour and Picton War Memorial. Picton Museum and EcoWorld Aquarium are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$56
Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel

Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel

32 High Street (Main Street) , Picton
4.2
of 5, from 56 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Picton, this motel is steps from Picton War Memorial, Picton Museum, and Picton Harbour. EcoWorld Aquarium and Waitohi Recreational Reserve are also within 10 minutes.

$49
Admirals Lodge Picton

Admirals Lodge Picton

22 Waikawa Road, Picton
4.2
of 5, from 32 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Picton, this guesthouse is within a 5-minute walk of Picton Harbour, Picton War Memorial, and Picton Museum. Waitohi Recreational Reserve and EcoWorld Aquarium are also within 10 minutes.

$124
Picton Waterfront Apartments

Picton Waterfront Apartments

3/6 London Quay, Picton
4.6
of 5, from 13 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated near the beach, this apartment is steps from Picton Harbour, Picton War Memorial, and Picton Museum. EcoWorld Aquarium and Edwin Fox Museum are also within 10 minutes.

$59
High Street Living Motel

High Street Living Motel

45 High Street, Picton
3.8
of 5, from 18 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Picton, this motel is steps from Picton War Memorial, Picton Museum, and Picton Harbour. EcoWorld Aquarium and Waitohi Recreational Reserve are also within 10 minutes.