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Picton Harbour

Visit a floating maritime museum, board a chartered fishing boat and relax beneath the tall palms that line one of New Zealand’s most important harbours.

Each year Picton Harbour welcomes millions of visitors arriving from the North Island of New Zealand. If you are arriving by ferry, be prepared for a stunning first impression. Picton Harbour is a picturesque and tranquil natural harbour surrounded by cascading mountains and lined by some of Picton’s best alfresco dining establishments. Located at the south of Queen Charlotte Sound, the harbour is a great place to begin your adventures exploring the islands, bays and inlets of the Marlborough Sounds. After exploring New Zealand’s rugged South Island, return to Picton to rejuvenate with some creature comforts.

Spend a day strolling through the harbour-front precinct to discover independent galleries, craft stores and a range of dining options. The Marlborough region is internationally renowned for its high-quality produce and Picton Harbour is an ideal place to try this delicious food and drink. Settle in at an alfresco restaurant to sample some of the country’s finest wines and enjoy freshly caught seafood straight from the Queen Charlotte Sound.

Venture to the waterfront to learn about the history of the harbour at the Edwin Fox Maritime Museum. The museum is housed within the world’s 9th-oldest ship, the Edwin Fox, and is permanently moored in the harbour. Learn stories of the ship’s round-the-world voyage as you make your way through the permanent exhibits.

Board a slightly younger boat to explore Queen Charlotte Sound. Fishing charters, dolphin-watching tours and ferries to New Zealand’s North Island all depart from the harbour. For a slower pace, rent a sea kayak to explore the southern end of the sound.

Picton Harbour is located in the heart of Picton where ample parking is available. Find accommodation within walking distance of the harbour. Trains, buses and car rental facilities are also in the area.


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Lodging Near Picton Harbour

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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.

      Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel $57
      Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel

      Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel

      32 High Street (Main Street) , Picton
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 357 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 266 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 $60
          Admirals Lodge Picton

          Admirals Lodge Picton

          22 Waikawa Road, Picton
             
            4.0
            of 5, from 196 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.

                Jasmine Court Motel $88
                Jasmine Court Motel

                Jasmine Court Motel

                78 Wellington Street, Picton
                   
                  4.6
                  of 5, from 142 reviews
                  4.5 out of 5.0

                  Situated near the airport, this eco-friendly 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.