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Picton Cruises

Nestled at the heart of the Marlborough Sounds on New Zealand’s South Island, Picton is a picturesque seaside town that offers a gateway to some of the country’s most breathtaking landscapes and experiences.

Known for its stunning natural beauty, vibrant local culture, and serene atmosphere, Picton is a favourite destination among Australian cruisers seeking adventure, relaxation, and a touch of the extraordinary. The town’s location at the top of the South Island makes it an ideal first stop for cruisers coming from Australia, offering a warm welcome to the wonders of New Zealand.

Best Time to Cruise to Picton

The most opportune time to set sail for Picton is during the summer months, from December to February. This period offers the best weather conditions for cruising, with warm temperatures, gentle breezes, and the lowest chance of rainfallensuring a pleasant journey across the Tasman Sea and an enjoyable stay in Picton.

These months also coincide with New Zealand’s peak tourist season, providing cruisers with the chance to partake in numerous outdoor activities and local events that take place in and around Picton.

Top Things to Do in Picton

Picton is not just a stopover; it’s a destination brimming with activities and sights that cater to every taste:

  • • Explore the Queen Charlotte Track: Spanning 70 kilometres, this track offers stunning views of the Marlborough Sounds, accessible through hiking, mountain biking, or sea kayaking.
  • • Visit the Edwin Fox Maritime Museum: Get a glimpse into the maritime history of New Zealand by exploring the Edwin Fox, the world’s ninth-oldest ship.
  • Wine Tasting in Marlborough: Just a short drive from Picton, the Marlborough wine region is famous for its Sauvignon Blanc. Many wineries offer tours and tastings.

Top Cruise Lines from Australia to Picton

Princess Cruises: Renowned for their exceptional service and extensive range of on-board amenities, Princess Cruises offers a luxurious journey to Picton, with stops at other notable New Zealand destinations.

Royal Caribbean International: Known for their adventure-packed cruises, Royal Caribbean offers an exciting array of activities for all ages, making your journey to Picton as thrilling as the destination itself.

Silversea: Catering to those who prefer an intimate and luxurious cruising experience, Silversea’s smaller ships offer unparalleled elegance and direct access to Picton’s smaller ports, ensuring a unique and personalized voyage.

Picton, with its serene beauty and array of activities, promises an unforgettable cruising experience. Whether you’re an adventure seeker, a nature lover, or a history enthusiast, Picton has something to offer every cruiser.