The view of Picton, New Zealand from Tirohanga Tack

Cruise to Picton, New Zealand

Picton, on the northeast corner of New Zealand's South Island, provides access to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds and to New Zealand's most famous wine region, Marlborough, home to the world's best Sauvignon Blanc. Known as the sunniest place in the country, this small town of about 3,000 is named for Sir Thomas Picton, who fought at the Battle of Waterloo. The pretty harbor town has several cafes and shops, plus a market when cruise ships are in port. The area is home to five different types of dolphins, orca and rare birds.
National Language English
Currency Accepted New Zealand Dollar (NZD)

Things To Do in Picton

View of the vineyards in the Marlborough district by Picton, New Zealand

Picton, New Zealand Marlborough Vineyards

Quaff the Elixir

Quaff the Elixir

Take a wine tour to learn more about the Marlborough region's distinctive wines. The area has over 35 tasting cellars so you can determine whether your favorites are the famous labels or the smaller boutique producers. Taste your way through three significant wine regions on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. Enjoy stunning scenery, beautiful forest parks, buzzing nightlife and indulgent food experiences as you journey from Hawkes Bay in the North Island to Marlborough in the South Island.

Barrel of antique ship canon on Marlborough Sounds in Picton, New Zealand

Picton, New Zealand Antique Canon

Tour the Edwin Fox

Tour the Edwin Fox

This teak sailing ship, built in 1853, is one of the world's oldest surviving wooden ships. It is now a museum at Picton's Dunbar Wharf. See artifacts and learn about the Edwin Fox's storied past, including carrying pale ale to India, convicts to Australia and perhaps even Florence Nightingale to the Crimean War.

Historic steam train in Picton, New Zealand

Picton, New Zealand Steam Train

Fly High

See rare aircraft at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, located about 30 minutes from Picton. It's even possible to take a joyride on a Russian fighter or an open cockpit biplane. Ride there on the Passchendaele, a steam locomotive from 1915. Cruise to Picton to enjoy the rolling countryside from a whole new perspective.

Plate of fresh Oysters in Picton, New Zealand

Picton, New Zealand Oysters

Local Cuisine

You've got to drink the local wine in Marlborough during your cruise to Picton. Marlborough's Sauvignon Blancs are lush, herbaceous and often have a bit of grapefruit or lime zing. It's perfectly drinkable on its own, and pairs very well with the area's oysters, clams, king salmon and greenshell mussels.

Maori pounamu jade Koru pendant in Picton, New Zealand

Picton, New Zealand Maori Pounamu Jade Pendant


New Zealand Pounamu jade, greenstone, is found in the northern rivers of the South Island. It is handcrafted into beautiful jewelry, often into designs meaningful to the Maori culture. Picton also has a high concentration of potters, weavers, glass blowers and other artisans. Look for New Zealand blue pearls too, so you can feel like a princess.

Insider's Tips
Insider's Tips
1 Kiwis pronounce Marlborough not like the cigarettes but more like "Mal-boro."
2 Pick up a Picton self-guided walking map at the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.

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