Picton cruises destination information
|Picton itinerary and upcoming sailing dates|
|Dec 22, 2019||Australia and New Zealand, 12 nights||from $3866|
|Jan 15, 2020||New Zealand, 9 nights||from $3431|
|Jan 4, 2020||New Zealand Discovery, 14 nights||from $2559|
|Dec 8, 2019||New Zealand, 9 nights||from $2631|
|Apr 2, 2020||New Zealand, 9 nights||from $3297|
|Mar 2, 2020||New Zealand, 12 nights||from $3271|
|Dec 23, 2019||Australia And New Zealand, 12 nights||from $10629|
|Sep 27, 2020||Transpacific, 20 nights||from $6466|
|Jan 13, 2020||Australia and New Zealand, 10 nights||from $1419|
|Apr 20, 2020||Transpacific, 18 nights||from $5561|
|Dec 11, 2019||Australia and New Zealand, 11 nights||from $1243|
|Dec 1, 2019||Australia and New Zealand, 10 nights||from $1263|
|Nov 21, 2020||New Zealand, 10 nights||from $3355|
|Apr 18, 2020||Transpacific, 18 nights||from $4896|
|Jan 18, 2021||New Zealand, 11 nights||from $3915|
|Apr 17, 2021||Transpacific, 18 nights||from $4887|
|Mar 11, 2021||New Zealand, 9 nights||from $2460|
|Jan 31, 2021||New Zealand, 10 nights||from $2267|
|Feb 7, 2021||New Zealand, 9 nights||from $2912|
|Dec 7, 2019||Australia and New Zealand, 14 nights||from $2598|
The Stunning Main Port of Picton
Picton is a town in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. It is close to the head of Queen Charlotte Sound near the north-east corner of the South Island. The town is named after Sir Thomas Picton, the Welsh military associate of the Duke of Wellington, who was killed at the Battle of Waterloo.
Inter-island ferries to and from Wellington arrive and depart here by way of the Marlborough Sounds. Most of the sheltered part of the route is through Tory Channel, south of Arapawa Island. The township of Waikawa is a couple of minutes' drive from Picton, practically part of the same town. Waikawa boasts a marina, one of the largest in New Zealand. Picton is the main link between the South and North Islands, with scheduled ferry service over Cook Strait.
Cruise Port: What to do in Picton
The seaside town of Picton is set in a sheltered harbour. It's not a large place, but it makes up for that with its incredibly scenic cafes, galleries and restaurants. Those who have a little bit of time to spend in Picton can use the town as a launchpad to discover the exceptional vistas and world-class vintages of the Marlborough Sounds.
Many cruises coming into Picton will dock at Waitohi Wharf, which is just a short jaunt to the town centre (you can catch a complimentary bus from the wharf into Picton if you don't feel like walking) and has an Information Office so you can find out all you need even before you hit town. Larger ships which exceed 245 metres may dock at Waimahara Wharf Shakespeare Bay - you can get to the centre of Picton from Waimahara within a 3 minute drive.
Businesses in Picton (and elsewhere in New Zealand) accept New Zealand dollars (NZD). There are a couple of ATMs where you can withdraw local currency and banks where you'll be able to exchange foreign currency. Most businesses will also accept credit cards.
Local life and language
Less than 5000 people live in Picton year round, so a good portion of the people you see around during your stay are likely to be visitors like you. You'll hear English spoken just about everywhere you go and all the signage you'll see will be in English.
What to do in Picton
Discover the local arts scene
Picton has a low-key but thriving local arts community, so one of the most popular things to do in Picton is gallery browsing. The Diversion Gallery is an excellent place to see artworks by New Zealand contemporary artists in a stylish waterfront setting, while numerous smaller places showcase pottery, woodworking and other crafts.
Enjoy the local flavours
Picton is part of Marlborough, a region that is renowned worldwide for its excellent wine. New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc from the Marlborough region is prized internationally for its superior qualities, so sampling a glass or two while you're in port is a must for any oenophile. Picton is also known for its mussels, so even if you're not normally a seafood fanatic it could be worth trying out a mussel dish for lunch.
Relax on the waterfront
The town's waterfront area is perfectly suited to pure relaxation, especially on sunny days when you can sit with your feet in the grass or soft sand, gazing out at the sparkling harbour. Taking a stroll along the harbourfront is another low-key way to unwind in Picton.
Organised vs self-guided
The eternal question for cruisers around the world is whether to go with an independent tour or one offered by your cruise line. Independently run tours offer far greater variety and are usually cheaper, whereas with cruise line organised tours, you're 100% guaranteed not to miss your ship.
Swimming with dolphins
5 different kinds of dolphins swim the waters around Picton, and you have the chance to get right amongst them. A swimming with dolphins tour will have you heading into the Marlborough Sounds and playing with these amazing creatures before getting back onboard for a hot drink and cookies on the way back.
Having a glass of wine in Picton town might be enough for some but for truly discerning wine lovers, a tasting tour around the Marlborough region stopping at various cellar doors is the only way to go.
If your cruise calls in to Picton, it's definitely worth the effort to step onto shore and enjoy the fruits of the Marlborough region, however briefly.Cruises visiting Picton
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