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Picton War Memorial

Pay your respects to Picton’s fallen servicemen at this moving war memorial that overlooks Queen Charlotte Sound.

Perched on the edge of Picton’s magnificent harbour is the stirring Picton War Memorial. Since 1925 the memorial has served as a powerful reminder of the loss associated with war. It’s location is fitting for the people of the Marlborough region to pay tribute to those who have fought in New Zealand’s wars. Originally built to commemorate the lives of 31 soldiers from Picton who lost their lives during World War I, the decades that followed saw the memorial altered to incorporate the names of the 12 soldiers who fell during World War II. Recent additions pay respect to those who served in Asia in the second half of the 20th century.

Visit the Picton War Memorial early in the morning to reflect quietly on the horrific loss of life endured in the wars of the 20th century. Read through the more than 40 names of the servicemen of Picton and the Sounds who lost their lives in World War I and II.

Admire the memorial’s stark white façade as it stands against the backdrop of the tranquil harbour. Capture images of the water through the arch of the memorial. Contemplate the stunning landscape and peaceful existence the fallen men of the region fought for. Look for the powerful inscription of “Peace, Perfect Peace” on the rear side of the memorial.

Attend the Anzac Day dawn service at the memorial if you are in Picton during April. The moving ceremony features a bugler playing The Last Post and a moment of silent reflection.

The Picton War Memorial is located on the edge of Picton Harbour and can be reached on foot from most accommodation within Picton. Find parking surrounding the harbour. The memorial is accessible every day and has no admission free.


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Lodging Near Picton War Memorial

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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 $56
      Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel

      Picton Accommodation Gateway Motel

      32 High Street (Main Street) , Picton
         
        4.3
        of 5, from 360 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 451 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 $87
                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.