Picton is a lovely little port town on the tip of New Zealand’s South Island coast, directly linked by ferry to Wellington on the North Island. Picton is a popular gateway into two of the most popular tourist destinations in New Zealand – the Marlborough Wine Country to the south and the spectacular marine world and natural beauty of Queen Charlotte Sound and the rest of the Marlborough Sounds towards the north. With the wine trails, seafood restaurants, golf courses, and so much natural beauty to intoxicate visitors, there should hardly be any time left over for anything else, even if you have got a car for hire in Picton. But if you do get the opportunity, Picton is also renowned for its love of art and artworks which you can admire while browsing in the shops and galleries.
If you are visiting Picton, you might as well spend some time getting to know the town. Get a car for rent in Picton and explore the Picton Museum and the Edwin Fox, the world's 9th oldest ship, which has been restored and is now permanently moored along the foreshore as a tourist attraction. Picton has a long history as a Maori settlement before the "White Man" discovered New Zealand. All this history and art is on display in the form of local artwork, exquisite jewelry, and pottery in many galleries and souvenir shops. Take a break in one of the sidewalk cafes or enjoy seafood in the waterfront restaurants.
You can explore the famed 44 miles of the Queen Charlotte Track at your own pace. The offshore exploration of the Sounds is a lot more spectacular, and you can spend days and weeks poking around the maze of islands and coves. There are plenty of ways to see the Marlborough Sounds, from cruises and adventure tour companies to self-guided excursions and chartered luxury yachts. But the single best thing you can do in terms of exploring Queen Charlotte Sounds is take the interisland ferry from Wellington to Picton.
Marlborough is New Zealand's biggest wine producing region. The Sauvignon Blanc here is reputed to be one of the best in the world, with 143 wineries of which 42 welcome visitors into their wine cellars for tastings and gourmet restaurant meals. You can map out your own itinerary or take a prearranged winery tour in style, in a chauffeur driven car. If you are a serious oenophile, you might prefer the idea of the 240 mile Classic NZ Wine Trail which will take you to at least 80 percent of Kiwi wine producers in Hawke´s Bay, Wairarapa, Wellington, and Marlborough. At the very least, use this wine trail guide's Marlborough section for your own wine country trip planning so you can choose the best wineries and cellars on the route from Blenheim to Grovetown, Spring Creek and Picton.
Travelers can hire a car in Picton from seven different agencies. If you want to make it easy and find the best deal offered, compare the lot online and book your vehicle right now. You can pick up your vehicle at Picton Airport (PCN) or in the city after you arrive.
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