Top Family Summer Activities in Picton, New Zealand

Welcome to the hidden gem of New Zealand’s South Island, the charming seaside town of Picton. Nestled within the spectacular Marlborough Sounds, Picton is a haven for those seeking breathtaking landscapes, outdoor activities, and a touch of serenity. Your family’s summer adventure begins at the premium holiday destination, the Picton Yacht Club Hotel, which offers stunning views and convenient proximity to Waikawa Bay Marina, the ferry terminal, and the picturesque township.

Exploring Nature: Walk or Cycle the Queen Charlotte Track 

Discover the natural wonders of Picton by exploring the Queen Charlotte Track. Whether you choose to hike or cycle, this 73.5km track offers mesmerizing views of the coast, Marlborough Sounds, and native forests. For a more family-friendly experience, consider the 13km hike from Furneaux Lodge to Punga Cove, providing a taste of the track’s beauty without the lengthy journey.

Cruising the Marlborough Sounds 

Embark on a captivating cruise of the Marlborough Sounds, a collection of sunken valleys filled with Pacific Ocean waters. Marvel at the beauty of Kenepuru, Pelorus, and Queen Charlotte Sounds. Opt for a cruise departing from Picton to experience the region’s true charm and even indulge in fresh, locally grown/caught seafood.

Wine Tasting in Marlborough 

Picton serves as an excellent base for exploring the renowned Marlborough wine region. Join a driving tour to visit cellar doors, sample local wines, and wander through picturesque vineyards. Let the sun guide you through a delightful day of wine tasting and scenic landscapes, perfect for families with older children.

Dolphin-Watching and Swimming 

Immerse yourself in the magic of the Marlborough Sounds by embarking on a dolphin-watching cruise. Encounter bottlenose, common, dusky, and Hector’s dolphins, with the possibility of spotting orcas and whales. For an unforgettable experience, swim with these incredible creatures in their natural habitat.

Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary 

Nature lovers, don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary. A community project located on an island in Picton Harbour, the sanctuary aims to restore 40 hectares of land while offering visitors wildlife spotting opportunities. Explore the 2.7km circular trail through native bush, forest, and the restoration zone.


Picton, with its rich natural beauty and diverse activities, is the perfect family summer destination. From outdoor adventures along the Queen Charlotte Track to cruises through the Marlborough Sounds and wine tasting in the sun-soaked vineyards, Picton offers an unforgettable blend of tranquility and exploration. Make the most of your summer escape at Picton Yacht Club Hotel, where every day is an opportunity for family bonding amid nature’s wonders.