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Cruises to Picton

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Picton (Photo:Ramunas Bruzas/Shutterstock)

About Picton

Picton, on the northern tip of the South Island of New Zealand, is a lovely town within easy reach of the famed Marlborough wine region. As you wander around the small settlement, it's easy to feel like a local. There's a laidback yet genuine welcome from the residents who see just enough cruise ships to not be fazed (or overrun) by them.

Understandably, those stunning views across Queen Charlotte Sound (Totaranui), backdropped by steep mountains, encourage visitors to dial back their stress levels and simply relax in the waterfront park or on the beach.

Picton also has plenty of cafes, galleries and gift shops to keep the wanderers happy. There's much more to do in the surrounding area, so be sure to check out the hiking trails, water activities and, of course, the wineries.

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Ovation of the Seas
Ovation of the Seas

19 Night
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Leaving:Honolulu
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Oct 9, 2022
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Radiance of the Seas
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12 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Dec 6, 2022
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Noordam

39 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Mar 25, 2023
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Ovation of the Seas
Ovation of the Seas

11 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Oct 29, 2022
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17 Night
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Leaving:Melbourne
Cruise Line:Azamara
Jan 4, 2023
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21 Night
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Leaving:Honolulu
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Oct 2, 2022
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11 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Mar 15, 2023
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29 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Mar 31, 2023
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52 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jan 18, 2024
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32 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Mar 31, 2023
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10 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Nov 1, 2022
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29 Night
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Leaving:Vancouver
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Sep 24, 2022
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14 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Feb 11, 2023
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10 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Feb 15, 2024
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Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Mar 11, 2023
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17 Night
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Leaving:Honolulu
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Oct 2, 2022
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111 Night
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Leaving:Los Angeles
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Jan 19, 2023
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32 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Princess Cruises
Apr 4, 2023
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12 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Jan 26, 2023
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16 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Azamara
Jan 21, 2023
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13 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 14, 2023
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Celebrity Cruises
Mar 13, 2024
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15 Night
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Leaving:Auckland
Cruise Line:Holland America Line
Jan 27, 2023
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10 Night
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Leaving:Sydney
Cruise Line:Royal Caribbean International
Apr 5, 2023
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17 Night
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Leaving:Melbourne
Cruise Line:Azamara
Jan 4, 2024
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Why go to Picton?

Pros:

Home of celebrated wineries, spectacular coastlines, dolphin and whale tours

Cons:

The most interesting attractions lie outside town

Bottom Line:

A picturesque seaside town offering access to the magnificent Marlborough Sounds

Picton Cruise Port Facilities?

Ships berth in Shakespeare Bay or at Waitohi Wharf, on a narrow peninsula just up from the town of Picton, a short shuttle bus or taxi trip away.

There is an information kiosk at Waitohi Wharf, although it's probably easier to visit the main i-SITE Information Centre on the way into town, on the Foreshore, opposite the train station (Auckland St; 03 520 3133; open daily 8 am to 6 pm in summer and reduced hours in winter). There are no other facilities at the wharf, except a complimentary shuttle bus for the under-five-minute trip into town. This may be preferable to walking, as the port also services local industries and cargo ships.

Good to Know?

It's possible to pre-book a rental car and pick it up within walking distance of the dock and that's handy if you're in Picton for a more than a day.

Getting Around?

On Foot: Most of Picton's tourist attractions are within 10 minutes of the port.

By Train: Trains are generally long-distance passenger trains to and from Christchurch and Greymouth.

By Bike: There are bicycle rental agencies in Picton, which has a selection of popular scenic bike routes such as the Queen Charlotte Track.

By Bus: There is an InterCity bus service from Picton to both Marlborough and Blenheim.

By Taxi: Taxis are plentiful, cheap and metered and Ubers are also an option. Water taxis are also available at London Quay.

By Boat: Take a scenic cruise on boats that leave from the harbour terminal for a great overview of Marlborough Sounds. Picton is also the departure point for inter-island ferries to the North Island.

By Plane: Sounds Air offers 25-minute flights from Wellington to Picton or Picton to Wellington.

Currency & Best Way to Get Money?

The local currency is the New Zealand Dollar (NZD), which has 10, 20 and 50 cent coins, and one- and two-dollar gold coins. Banknotes are coloured and in denominations of $5, $10, $20, $50 and $100. Take time to look at the beautiful artwork on the notes featuring prominent New Zealanders as well as local birds, flowers and scenes.

Several ATMs can be found in Picton at the Picton Mall (corner High St and London Quay), and outside Westpac, Picton Central NZ Post and Kiwibank at the Mariners Mall (100 High St).

Language?

English is the main language, although the New Zealand accent may take some getting used to. There is a vowel-shift, so that 'ham' becomes 'hem' and 'best' sounds more like 'bist'. Fish and chips, popular in NZ, is pronounced like the 'u' in 'push' -- fush 'n' chups.


Picton Cruise Reviews
Picton is beautiful and picturesque not much there but very pretty and great for you to walk around for the day feed the ducks we got off very early 7:30 we were off we went back on the ship for lunch and we got backRead More
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Beatriz_Imre
Very excited about this port! Capital of green lipped mussels. Booked a table at Escape to Picton boutique hotel (33 Wellington street) where we had amazing meal of mussels and wine. Highly recommended. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Read More
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Arluia
Hired a car from New Zealand Rent A Car . So easy as they are right next to free shuttle drop off in Picton. Only cost AUD $33 for the day. Not brand new car but nice and clean and reliable. We drove the Queen CharloRead More
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Rileyka1
Since we don’t like Sauvignon Blanc, we opted to skip the wine tours available and just took a walk into the small port town, then returned to the ship and spent the afternoon sunning by the poolRead More
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