Beginning of main content

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.


Trip Type
Flight 1
Flight 2
Flight 3
Flight 4
Flight 5
Map

Lodging Near Mabel Island

See all 98 Hotels near Mabel Island
Picton Top10 Holiday Park $55
Picton Top10 Holiday Park

Picton Top10 Holiday Park

70-78 Waikawa Road, Picton
     
    4.4
    of 5, from 115 reviews
    4.5 out of 5.0

    Situated by the sea, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Picton Harbour, Picton War Memorial, and Picton Museum. Waitohi Recreational Reserve and EcoWorld Aquarium are also within 15 minutes.

    Picton Beachcomber Inn $76
    Picton Beachcomber Inn

    Picton Beachcomber Inn

    27 Waikawa Road, Picton
       
      4.5
      of 5, from 332 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.

      Parklands Marina Holiday Park $36
      Parklands Marina Holiday Park

      Parklands Marina Holiday Park

      10 Beach Road, Waikawa
         
        4.6
        of 5, from 80 reviews
        2.0 out of 5.0

        Located in Waikawa Bay, this campground is within 3 mi (5 km) of Picton Harbour, Picton War Memorial, and Picton Museum. EcoWorld Aquarium and Waitohi Recreational Reserve are also within 3 mi (5 km).

        Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel $58
        Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel

        Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel

        32 High Street (Main Street) , Picton
           
          4.3
          of 5, from 359 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.

          Harbour View Motel $76
          Harbour View Motel

          Harbour View Motel

          30 Waikawa Road, Picton
             
            4.6
            of 5, from 267 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.

            Admirals Lodge Picton $56
            Admirals Lodge Picton

            Admirals Lodge Picton

            22 Waikawa Road, Picton
               
              4.0
              of 5, from 197 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.

              Broadway Motel $78
              Broadway Motel

              Broadway Motel

              113 High Street, Picton
                 
                4.7
                of 5, from 337 reviews
                4.5 out of 5.0

                Located in the heart of Picton, this motel is within a 10-minute walk of Nelson Square, Picton War Memorial, and Picton Museum. Picton Harbour and Waitohi Recreational Reserve are also within 10 minutes.

                Picton Yacht Club Hotel $66
                Picton Yacht Club Hotel

                Picton Yacht Club Hotel

                25 Waikawa Road, Picton
                   
                  3.7
                  of 5, from 450 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.