Should You Visit Picton?

Are you thinking about visiting Picton, New Zealand? Here's what you need to know before planning your trip.

Is Picton worth visiting?

Yes, it's worth visiting this town for one to two days because of the many great activities. Picton is located on the north coast of New Zealand's South Island. Many people use it to access the Marlborough Sounds, but the town itself is charming and a nice place to spend a few days. There are wildlife centers, walking trails, and beautiful boat rides that you can enjoy in the area.

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Reasons to Visit Picton

The town is filled with restaurants that stay true to New Zealand's culinary traditions. Mussels and salmon are common on menus, and there are many bakeries and waterfront cafes to try.

There are four beaches in the area. Picton Beach is by the town center and near many restaurants and cafes. About a ten minute walk from town is Shelley Beach and if you're up for more walking, Bob's Bay is secluded and nice. If you have a car you can make it to Governer's Bay.

There are many nice walking paths in the area and this is a great way to explore, reach beaches, and see the surrounding landscapes. If you're up for a longer trip, Queen Charlotte Track is a popular trail.

There are a few local museums around town that are fun to visit with the weather isn't cooperating. Edwin Fox Ship is the world's oldest merchant ship. You can also learn about the town's whaling past at the Picton Heritage and Whaling Museum.

There are a few galleries and local shops around town.

Is Picton worth visiting in the Summer?

Summer is the high season for travel in Picton, so expect more visitors and higher prices. This destination is quite popular with tourists, and in the high season it's even busier than usual as this is when most people like to visit. Expect crowds to be large, and prices to be a bit higher than normal. However, there's plenty to do here this time of year, too.

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during summer with average temperatures around 18°C (64°F).

With the warmer weather this time of year, the beach is the main attraction. Spend time enjoying the waves and sand during your trip. The nearby hiking this time of year is a must-do, so take some time to get out on the trails, take in some fresh air, and enjoy the scenery. You'll also find it quite easy to get around on foot, because this is a very walkable town, especially in the nice weather. You'll find plenty to do during summer, as you'll be able to lounge on the beach, soak up the small town charm, and go hiking. Also, you can spend time at the museums.

Summer Weather in Picton
Avg Temp
Avg Rain
January 18°C (64°F) 61 mm (2.4 in)
February 18°C (64°F) 51 mm (2 in)
March 17°C (62°F) 75 mm (3 in)

Is Picton worth visiting in the Autumn?

This is the shoulder season for travel in Picton. This destination is quite touristy, so in the shoulder season you can still find plenty of crowds, but better prices.

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during autumn with average temperatures around 15°C (58°F).

During this season it's fun to experience the museums and landmarks, the hiking, and the small town charm.

Autumn Weather in Picton
Avg Temp
Avg Rain
April 15°C (58°F) 82 mm (3.2 in)
May 12°C (54°F) 92 mm (3.6 in)
June 10°C (51°F) 113 mm (4.4 in)

Is Picton worth visiting in the Winter?

The weather in Picton can be quite cold during winter, and averages around 10°C (49°F). But be prepared for much lower temperatures, too.

The low season for travel in Picton is during the winter. This destination is quite touristy, but in the low season you'll see fewer crowds and much better prices.

This is a great time of year to wander through the museums and sample the delicious cuisine.

Winter Weather in Picton
Avg Temp
Avg Rain
July 10°C (49°F) 111 mm (4.4 in)
August 10°C (50°F) 98 mm (3.9 in)
September 12°C (53°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)

Is Picton worth visiting in the Spring?

Spring is the shoulder season for travel in Picton. This destination is quite touristy, so in the shoulder season you can still find plenty of crowds, but better prices.

You'll find the weather to be very nice here during spring with average temperatures around 13°C (55°F).

You'll find plenty to do during spring, as you'll be able to find the best deals at the shops, browse through museums, and explore the small town.

Spring Weather in Picton
Avg Temp
Avg Rain
October 13°C (55°F) 93 mm (3.7 in)
November 15°C (58°F) 79 mm (3.1 in)
December 17°C (62°F) 69 mm (2.7 in)

Things to Consider Before Visiting Picton

Nightlife: Most people don't associate Picton with a lively nightlife scene. It's a small town with a quiet and calm atmosphere.

The Cost
Depending on your budget, schedule, and travel style, Picton might be an expensive destination for you. You can find out the travel costs for Picton here or see if Picton is expensive here.


What is Picton most famous for?

Picton is most famous for its picturesque scenery, laid back setting, and beautiful walking trails. The town is very popular for its food, beaches, and hiking. Also, it's known for museums and shopping. It is often described as scenic, quaint, relaxing, and picturesque.

What is the most famous sight in Picton?

The most popular sight in Picton is the Queen Charlotte Track. You can see prices and costs for this and other sights in Picton on our travel costs page.

Or, see tickets, activities, and tours for the Queen Charlotte Track and other attractions here.

How touristy is Picton? Is it a popular town to visit?

Picton is a popular town for tourists and travelers. Here are some of the most popular activities and tours. (Prices in US Dollars)

  • Bays and Bush Scenic Tour: $99
  • Winery Express Tour: $41
  • Picton Trike Tours: $75
  • Solo Traveller Full Day Wine Gourmet and Scenic Delights Tour from Blenheim: $247
  • Marlborough Sounds Cruise from Picton with Seafood: $78
  • Private Onshore Cruise Half Day Delights Tour of Marlborough: $140
  • Scenic flight - Experience our Water and Wilderness scenic tour: $203
  • Full-Day Taste the Wines of Marlborough Tour: $138

How long should I spend in Picton?

The ideal length of time for a trip to Picton is one to two days. Since Picton has activities such as dining, beaches, and hiking, many visit for up to two days.

If you have a specific amount of time for your trip, see our advice about how much time to spend here: Should I spend 1, 2, or 3 days in Picton?, Should I spend 3, 4, or 5 days in Picton?, and Should I spend 1 or 2 weeks in Picton?.