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Top five summer activities in Picton

Summer in Picton

Picton Yacht Club Hotel is a premium holiday destination, with spectacular vistas over Marlborough Sounds, you’re just a short stroll to the Waikawa Bay Marina, ferry terminal and the picturesque Picton township.

Hike or Cycle the Queen Charlotte Track

Discover stunning forest, coastal and mountain scenery along the breath taking Queen Charlotte Track. This trail through the Queen Charlotte Sound can either be tackled as a multi-day adventure or done as a day hike on one of the sections, summer only enhances the beauty of the trail! 

Cruise Around Queen Charlotte Sound

Cruise around Queen Charlotte Sound and explore the hidden coves and bays. Operators like E-Ko Tours, Cougar Line and Beachcomber Cruises all offer scenic cruises that cover most of the sound and more. From its historical sites such as Captain Cook’s landing, to birdwatching at Motuara Island, there is a ton of choice when it comes to exploring this summer!

Tour the Marlborough Wine Region

Picton is a fantastic base to explore the Marlborough wine region. Jump on a driving tour to go from cellar door to cellar door sampling the local wines and visiting the picturesque vineyards. There are many great tours to choose from that make for a great day in the sun!

Swim with Dolphins with E-Ko Tours

The waters of the Queen Charlotte Sound are swimming with life, including marine mammals like bottlenose dolphins. Watch dolphins and even swim with them in their natural environment on an eco-friendly dolphin swimming/watching cruise with E-Ko Tours. Dolphins spotted on this tour sometimes include bottlenose, dusky dolphins and orcas, a fantastic summer adventure.

Kayak in the Marlborough Sounds

Enjoy the stunning Marlborough Sounds by kayak with guided kayaking tours! There are multiple guides who offer both half-day and full-day tours where you can explore secluded beaches, learn about the local history, environment, and wildlife from a guide. Summer brings calm waters and clear-blue skies, you may even be lucky enough to see dolphins and seals!