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Bob’s Bay at Victoria Domain in Picton, New Zealand

To reach Bob’s Bay at Victoria Domain is about a thirty minute walk along the Cliff Track. While standing along this shoreline, you can see why today’s Picton was an attractive ancestral settlement named Waitohi for the Te Āti Awa, a tribe of the Māori people. In the background is Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary. This mainland […]

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Shelley Beach in Picton, New Zealand

On the other side of the bridge and marina is Shelley Beach Reserve. This stretch of sand and lawn is only a ten minute walk from the Picton foreshore. In addition to providing a scenic view of the Picton Ferry Terminal, this shoreline provides a place to swim plus a boat ramp and toilet facilities. […]

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Picton War Memorial in Picton, New Zealand

Over 100,000 New Zealanders served in World War I from 1914 until 1918. That was nearly 10% of the country’s population. By the end of the war, 16,697 soldiers had died and another 41,317 were wounded. 31 of those casualties were residents of Picton and Queen Charlotte Sound. The Picton War Memorial was created in […]

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Picturesque Picton, New Zealand

Picturesque Picton is located in the northeast corner of New Zealand’s South Island. It is the gateway to the North Island by water. This small resort town of about 4,000 residents is called Waitohi in the Māori language. Its namesake is Sir Thomas Picton. He was a Lieutenant-General in the British Army when he was […]

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Picton Marina in Picton, New Zealand

Picton Marina was first established along the eastern bank of the harbor in the 1970s then expanded into an inner, protected basin. The marine facilities were extensively refurbished in 2013. It now has 254 berths along a dozen jetties for docking sailboats and pleasure craft up to 115 feet in length. The attached Waikawa Marine […]

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Oxley’s Hotel Façade in Picton, New Zealand

Oxley’s Hotel provides a rare glimpse into Picton’s colonial heritage and is the eye-catching architectural gem facing the harbour. William Pugh built the Bank Hotel in 1870. In 1881, it became the Pier Hotel. When Francis Oxley purchased the property in 1899, she made major renovations and named the 29 room hotel after herself. In […]

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Sheep Scattering Beside the Marlborough Flyer in Picton, New Zealand

Sheep are the predominate livestock raised in the Marlborough Region of New Zealand’s Northland. It is estimated there are 38.5 million sheep in the country compared to less than five million people. So, it is common to see herds grazing in the fields or along the hills. They look so peaceful and docile until the […]

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Marlborough Flyer Steam Engine in Picton, New Zealand

Marlborough Flyer is a scenic, 17 mile train trip between Picton and the town of Blenheim. This fun, heritage adventure lasts about an hour. You can also book a return trip to Picton. When the Ab608 was built in 1915, the steam locomotive was the first operated by New Zealand Railways. Ten years later, it […]

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Marlborough Flyer’s Open Platform in Picton, New Zealand

The Marlborough Flyer billows black smoke while chugging along the Para Wetlands and Wairau River Valley. The red, wooden-bodied train carriages were built in 1909 and 1912. These vintage train cars are comfortable and afford great views of the scenery as it whizzes by your window. The most exhilarating experience, however, is standing on the […]

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Interislander Ferry in Picton, New Zealand

Interislander is one of two ferry companies providing regular transportation between Picton on the South Island and Wellington, the country’s capital on the North Island. This 3.5 hour, 58 mile Cook Strait journey is fabulous! From the Picton Ferry Terminal, you will first sail through the calm waters of Queen Charlotte Sound. This drowned river […]