New Zealand for adventure: 5 unmissable things to do in Picton

By Picton / South Island /

Picton is one of New Zealand’s prettiest port towns. People come here for the picturesque scenery and outdoor activities. It’s the perfect place to base yourself before catching the ferry across to the North Island.

Pick up a cheap car hire deal with DriveNow and add these attractions to your to-do list at Picton.

Dolphin viewing tour from Picton

Marlborough Sounds is just as beautiful as the creatures that live there. Majestic dolphins cruise through the area, delighting tourists with every sighting. You can get up close and personal with the dolphins. Five different species are regularly seen at Marlborough Sounds – the Bottlenose, Common, Dusky, Orca and also the rare Hector’s dolphins.

Take a winery tour

Most people love a trip to a good winery. It’s definitely something you want to do during your stay in Picton. If your driver is a wine lover then it’s easy to join a tour. A guide takes you to one winery after another, explaining the history of the Wairau Valley and the delicious drops that are created here. You can also admire the stunning scenery along the way.

Mountain bike the Queen Charlotte Track

The Queen Charlotte Track is known as one of New Zealand’s best walks. The 70km track has also earned its reputation as a classic mountain bike track. It’s New Zealand’s longest continual single track. Most riders need two days to complete the track comfortably. Some sections are tough and steep, but the gorgeous scenes are well worth the challenge. The track is recommended for intermediate and advanced riders.

Whale Station Experience

The only thing more impressive than witnessing pods of dolphins swimming through pristine waters is whales doing the same thing! Behind your experience at the National Whaling Centre, where you learn about the history of whaling. You then cruise to the Perano Whaling Station, and you may be lucky enough to see these amazing animals along the way. Perano is the only restored station in the country where you can learn about machinery used in the whaling era.

Go kayaking at Marlborough Sound

There’s 1500km of coastline at Marlborough Sound, making it a peaceful wonderland for kayakers. Deep greens and turquoise colours ought ho the water, while there is a stubby backdrop of green forests and sandy beaches. Travel through the area and it won’t be difficult to find a spot all to yourself. That’s what makes this experience extra special.