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Activities and Attractions in Picton, Marlborough

Not only do you get a warm friendly welcome, our reception is a hub of information where Rachel & Mani are full of local knowledge and eager to assist you to get the very best out of your stay in the Picton and Marlborough region.

Waikawa Marina is nearby and has over 600 boats in the water. Wander around the marina and enjoy a whitebait sandwich (depending on the season) at a waterfront cafe,  enjoy a scrumptious lunch overlooking Waikawa Bay and the marina.

Please note there are no taxis in Picton and we reccommend hiring a car if staying with us. If you require a shuttle, the company in Picton providing this is Picton Shuttles (  It is advised to book in advance.

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Queen Charlotte Sounds

  • Discover the beautiful Queen Charlotte sounds on a Harbour Cruise
  • Venture inland on a Marlborough wine trail and sample some of the finest wines in the region.
  • Take the family out on a fishing charter in the sun.
  • Scenic flights allow a whole different experience from above.
  • Get back to nature with the many bush walks nearby.
  • Ideal base to explore the world-renowned Queen Charlotte Track Walk.
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Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company

Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company specialises in guided and independent sea kayaking, walking, hiking and mountain biking holiday tours (bike and kayak rentals are available) of the Queen Charlotte Track and the beautiful Marlborough Sounds - Your ultimate New Zealand Vacation.

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Wine Tour

Sounds Connection Wine Tours

With Sounds Connection you’ll be collected directly from Bay Vista Waterfront Motel and taken on an in-depth wine tour around this stunning region to taste the best of the best. With a Sounds Connection wine tour flexibility is key. Wine tasting is clearly a given, but you might also like to include a winery tour or blending experience to see first-hand the fascinating winemaking process at work, or enjoy lunch at one of the winery restaurants with their beautiful garden settings.

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Sounds Air

Sounds Air is a locally owned and operated airline based at Picton Airport, in the heart of Marlborough, and offers a choice of Scenic Flights over the Marlborough Sounds and beyond.

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Interislander offers daily ferry services across Cook Strait, linking New Zealand's North and South Islands.

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Visit Picton

A trip to New Zealand’s South Island, wouldn’t be complete without staying in Picton to explore the majestic Marlborough Sounds and Marlborough’s diverse landscape. A truly special experience for all visitors to New Zealand.

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Beachcomber Cruises

Beachcomber Cruises

Beachcomber Fun Cruises offers a selection of boat trips through the Marlborough Sounds - including the Magic Mail Run and flexible trips that will let you explore the Queen Charlotte Track.

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E-Ko Tours

Unique features of the area include over 1000 square kilometres of predator free islands - great for experiencing wild birds animals in their natural environment. We have a team of passionate guides who love to show off our scenery, wildlife, people and more. We partner with the Interislander Ferry to schedule our tour times so that you'll never miss your ferry.

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Cougar Line Water Transport

Providing a fast and efficient water taxi service to all resorts, lodges and private jettys along the Queen Charlotte Sound with scheduled daily departures Cougar Line has gained a reputation for quality vessels, outstanding service and provides a fast and efficient service to and from the Queen Charlotte Track each day.

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Picton Mobility Shuttles

Matt's van can accommodate either two small wheelchairs, one scooter or a sizeable electric wheelchair along with a single push wheelchair with three additional companions or relatives.​For those who rely on crutches or a walking frame but may require the option of being wheeled to their destination, Matt also always has a wheelchair onboard for your convenience. Despite the name, Picton Mobility Shuttles doesn't just cover Picton, Matt covers all of Marlborough and the Nelson/Tasman and Canterbury regions too.

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Picton Golf Club

Picton Golf Club is a nine hole course just 5kms south of Picton, beside SH1 (20 minutes north of Blenheim). Our club was established in 1905. The course is picturesque with stunning views from many of the tees. 

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