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Welcome to Waitohi Picton

What you can except when you arrive in Picton.

483 Picton, New Zealand (Marlborough Sounds)

Plan your day before you arrive

Make the most of your day ashore by planning ahead. First and foremost there is a range of tours available through your cruise line which depart from the wharf on arrival. If you are looking for something not available through the cruise line check out this range of personalised tours here.

Arrival into Marlborough

Your cruise ship will berth at the Port of Marlborough where you will be greeted by the Flower Ladies at the wharf. Cruise shuttles will be waiting to take you on the short transfer to Picton and the local isite Visitor Information Centre where you will be met by our friendly Cruise Meet & Greet Team.

Collect a copy of the self-guided walking map of the Picton to help you explore the town. Picton isite Visitor Information Centre is the place to plan your day on arrival and is also the pick-up point for independently pre-booked tours. Check out our brilliant range of tours to book so you can avoid the waiting and get straight into experiencing stunning Marlborough.

Our wines are world-famous, our waters are national treasures, and from cellar door to secluded bays your time in Marlborough will be Brilliant.

Choose from one of over 30 tours on offer that will get you out exploring our diverse region and back in plenty of time to board your ship.

On our land-based tours you will discover breath-taking vistas, walk among the vines and sample our world-renowned food and wine. The sound-based tours boast one-fifth of New Zealand's coastline, explore the intricate waterways by boat or kayak, or head ashore to walk amongst native bush and wildlife.

Choose a tour and talk to our friendly isite staff who will make all your bookings arrangements for you.

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Picton, Marlborough

Facilities & Services in Picton


Picton has a great range of walks, from 10 minutes to a couple of hours, offering stunning views of Marlborough's Queen Charlotte Sound. Grab a walking map from the Picton isite Visitor Information Centre.

Cafes & Restaurants

Sit back and enjoy delicious coffee or meal at one of Picton’s cafes or restaurants located on the foreshore and Picton town centre.


Picton's shops and cruise day market offer a superb variety of New Zealand and local art, gifts and souvenirs for cruise visitors. Head to the cruise day market at the Town Wharf and browse the boutique stalls, or wander along Picton's CBD and explore the stores.


Explore the region's heritage at the Edwin Fox, the National Whale Centre and the Picton Museum, or take a scenic boat cruise to visit historic Ship Cove and Motuara Island in Queen Charlotte Sound.

Picton, Marlborough

Frequently Asked Questions

To help plan and make the post of your day in Marlborough, here are some frequently asked questions.

Where am I?
You will arrive into the town of Picton, through the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand.

Where can I get local information?
For information and bookings visit the Picton isite Visitor Information Centre located on the Picton foreshore.

Where will my tour depart?
Most tours you may have pre booked or booked locally on the day will depart from outside the Picton isite Visitor Information Centre.

What should I take with me?
Good footwear is essential so you can comfortably walk around. Sunscreen and hats are important in spring and summer. Take a jacket or extra layer with you as the weather in New Zealand change very quickly.

How warm is it?
Temperatures vary, however in summer (December to February), max daytime temperatures average 24°C (75°F), and in spring (September to November) max daytime temperatures average 20°C (68°F).

How safe is Marlborough?
Crime is not a major issue here but be sensible with your belongings – don’t leave valuables on display or unattended.

Do I need to tip?
No. Tipping is not expected or required anywhere in New Zealand. All prices already include our 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST).