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  • Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise from Picton

    1. Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise from Picton

    Climb aboard the only official licensed New Zealand Post Rural Delivery Service by water in the Queen Charlotte Sound for a truly unique and interesting tour! Join in the excitement of Mail Day as the skipper delivers the New Zealand Rural post bags, groceries and freight to the residents that call the Queen Charlotte Sound waterways home. The Mail has been delivered by boat for over 150 years in the Queen Charlotte Sounds. Admire Marlborough Sounds' magnificent scenery and take a glimpse into daily life in the remote outposts of this region. Operating from Monday to Saturday, no one day is the same. The route changes daily, covering a different area and delivering the mail. During your cruise your skipper will provide interesting and informative commentary on the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the people who lived there then and now. Feel free to ask questions and keep your cam...

    Absolutely beautiful part of the world. With a captain that was very informative

  • Picton: Dolphin Watching & Island Wildlife Sanctuary Cruise

    2. Picton: Dolphin Watching & Island Wildlife Sanctuary Cruise

    Embark on a unique, fully-guided wildlife and dolphin cruise through the Marlborough Sounds. Begin your journey in Picton, where you will meet the expert team who will take you on a conservation-focused, wildlife adventure for your soul. On the journey, you will be encountering a huge variety of rare, wonderful and interesting species along the way. Enjoy the engaging commentary and fantastic viewing areas which allow you to enjoy playful Hector’s, Bottlenose, or Dusky Dolphins with a 90 percent encounter rate. You will also have an opportunity to see New Zealand fur seals and numerous seabirds before landing on Motuara Island for a 1-hour nature lover’s walk to remember, great for adults and kids alike. After returning to the boat, sit back and relax with a hot drink and cookies before making our way back to Picton and stopping to check out any extra species you can discover.

    good crew great info walk on island could be at a slower pace to encourage more, less able people to participate. Great views from the tower at the top. not a lot of visible bird life. saw a good number of seals very close up.

  • Picton and Marlborough Sounds: Seafood Odyssea Cruise

    3. Picton and Marlborough Sounds: Seafood Odyssea Cruise

    Stroll aboard the MV Odyssea at Picton Marina and depart at 13:30 to cruise the pristine waters of the Marlborough Sounds. Indulge in some fresh, locally-caught seafood, including Regal salmon, Cloudy Bay clams and Greenshell mussels, perfectly paired with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for the ultimate food/wine match.  Relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the Queen Charlotte Sound while cruising aboard our luxury launch, and learn about the local history. Visit a salmon and a mussel farm to experience the Marlborough marine farming industry first hand. Make use of the on board licensed bar, serving a good range of Marlborough wines, along with beers, juice and bottled water. A range of light snacks, including chips and peanuts, are available to purchase. Enjoy the boat's indoor and outdoor areas for views of the forested hills and clear blue waters from different perspective...

    Modern and comfortable boat. Informative and super friendly staff. Delicious seafood. Wonderful relaxing scenic trip. Perfect kiwi experience.

  • Marlborough: Full-Day Wine and Seafood Tour with Cruise

    4. Marlborough: Full-Day Wine and Seafood Tour with Cruise

    Experience the best of beautiful Marlborough on this full-day tour. Get picked up from Blenheim in the morning and head straight to your first of two wineries. Taste award-winning reserve-grade Marlborough wine, talk with respected winemakers, and explore beautiful Marlborough vineyards at both locations. Afterward, drive to Picton to enjoy a delicious Marlborough Sounds waterfront lunch, then a relaxing seafood cruise for the afternoon, accompanied by fresh local seafood and Marlborough sauvignon blanc as you cruise the stunning Marlborough Sounds. Relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the Queen Charlotte Sound while cruising aboard a luxury boat, and learn about the local history. Visit a salmon and a mussel farm to experience the Marlborough marine farming industry firsthand. Make use of the onboard licensed bar, serving a range of Marlborough wines, along with beers, juice, and bottl...

  • 1-Way Ferry Service Between Wellington and Picton

    5. 1-Way Ferry Service Between Wellington and Picton

    Sit back, relax and enjoy one of the most spectacular ferry crossings in the world, between the north and south islands of New Zealand. With 92 kilometers of breathtaking views, the 3.5-hour journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New Zealand’s most iconic tourist activities.   There are 3 different ships in operation every day. Whether you are travelling alone or with your vehicle, you’ll always have a wide choice of travel times.   Once on board, enjoy a range of activities. Stroll on the decks, enjoy a meal and a drink, or catch one of the latest movie releases. You can also simply relax and take in the breathtaking view. Keep your children busy with a play area, nursery, cartoons and video games. Plus, there’s plenty of seating for families.

    So much fun! Gorgeous boat ride, perfect hiking in a beautiful area of New Zealand!

  • Queen Charlotte Track: Cruise & Self-Guided Hike from Picton

    6. Queen Charlotte Track: Cruise & Self-Guided Hike from Picton

    Cruise through the Queen Charlotte Sound to walk part of the Queen Charlotte Track, one of the top ten coastal walking tracks in New Zealand. Your self-guided adventure starts with a cruise north from Picton to the historic Ship Cove. Here you can learn about the local area from your skipper, whilst on the lookout for marine wildlife. You will be able to choose between the following two hikes: Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove Your first hike opportunity will be from Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove, a 12.7-kilometer hike. You can enjoy 30-minutes ashore at the historic Ship Cove before rejoining the vessel and cruising around to Furneaux Lodge where you can grab a coffee or even brunch. Begin your self-guided hike along the Queen Charlotte Track, where you will learn that this area is rich in history and follows the coastline around the Endeavour Inlet through regenerating nat...

    Fantastic day out! Track was easy and the views!!! Wow! Now we want to do the whole track! Highly recommend this day trip, boat trip was amazing with historical commentary on the way. Thanks beachcombers team!

  • Marlborough Sounds: Full-Day Guided Kayak Tour with Lunch

    7. Marlborough Sounds: Full-Day Guided Kayak Tour with Lunch

    The day starts with a safety briefing and getting kitted up before heading down to the beach. Listen to a quick paddling introduction and then head out onto the water for the rest of the tour. The route is always flexible so the tour goes where the weather is best. Depending on how the group decides, there may be a chance to stop and stretch your legs or take a swim before continuing on to a pretty beach for a delicious picnic lunch. Upon landing at the beach, your guide will serve up some hot drinks. After lunch, work your way back towards the starting beach, all going well with a sea breeze at your back. Once back at the beach, you will de-kit and then head off on the rest of your adventure in New Zealand. Showers are available if needed (water dependent during the drier months).

  • Marlborough Sounds Guided Kayak and Freedom Walk Tour

    8. Marlborough Sounds Guided Kayak and Freedom Walk Tour

    Maximize your time in this brilliant area with a half day of guided sea kayaking, followed by a half day of freedom walking on the popular Queen Charlotte Track. Your day starts with a safety briefing and getting kitted up before heading down to the beach. After a quick paddling introduction, you’ll head out onto the water.   From Anakiwa, head off along the North Coastline towards Mistletoe Bay, where you’ll encounter some local bird life and, if you’re lucky, some marine mammals. Arrive at Mistletoe Bay around lunchtime, where you’ll say goodbye to your kayaks and guide and head off for your freedom walk.   Walk back to Anakiwa following old bridle paths high above the water along Queen Charlotte Track, offering you a very different perspective than from the water. Pass by stunning views, contrasting landscapes, historical landmarks, and a wonderful variety of native bush and wildlif...

  • Havelock and Marlborough Sounds: Greenshell Mussel Cruise

    9. Havelock and Marlborough Sounds: Greenshell Mussel Cruise

    Climb aboard the MV Spirit at Havelock Marina, and set sail across the shimmering waters of Marlborough Sounds at 13:30. Indulge in some freshly steamed mussels paired with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc from the area. Experience the ultimate food and wine pairing as you take in the spectacular views. Cruise across the tranquil waters of Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound, and learn about the local history. Visit a mussel farm to experience the green-lipped mussel fishing industry first hand. Make use of the on board licensed bar, serving a good range of Marlborough wines, along with beers, juice and bottled water. A range of light snacks, including chips and peanuts, are available to purchase. Enjoy the boat's indoor and outdoor areas for views of the forested hills and clear blue waters from different perspectives. Then, journey back to Havelock Marina for an estimated arrival time of 16:3...

  • Marlborough: Private Yacht Tour with Lunch & Sparkling Wine

    10. Marlborough: Private Yacht Tour with Lunch & Sparkling Wine

    Experience the Marlborough Sounds in complete luxury with up to 5 friends on the private Cloudy Bay yacht. This excursion is a unique way to savour Cloudy Bay wines in the captivating beauty of one of New Zealand’s most pristine settings. Guests can take part in the sailing process, or just sit back, relax and enjoy a flute of Cloudy Bay’s sparkling wine, Pelorus. A 3-course lunch will be served onboard, featuring some of Marlborough's incredible local produce. Also indulge yourself in wine pairing throughout the lunch. Your transfers from Cloudy Bay Vineyards or your local accommodation are included in this experience.

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What people are saying about Picton

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 8 reviews

Ryan was very informative friendly and had a great sense of humor the weather was really nice and we liked furneaux lodge and the other bays as well highly recommend the boat trip as did our friends who had already been on it thank you

Boat trip and bush walk with lovely sea life and birds all around. Close up views with lots of time for photos too :)

Very informative, absolutely cracker of a day weather wise. Will be back with friends

Absolutely beautiful part of the world. With a captain that was very informative

Very good. Thoroughly worth doing commentary and views