Long Walks

Waikawa Bay

Hire a kayak or go for a swim in Waikawa Bay. Ideal playground for children. looking out to the Snout and into the Queen Charlotte Sound. Enjoy a scrumptious lunch or dinner at ‘Skippers’ which overlooks Waikawa Bay and the Marina.

Waikawa Marina

Waikawa Marina is the largest Marina south of Auckland with over 600 boats in the Marina. Wander around the Marina and enjoy a whitebait sandwich (depending on the season) at the waterfront cafe & bar, the Jolly Roger or have breakfast, sumptuous lunch or dinner at the newly opened Spinnaker Restaurant & Conference Centre.

The Picton Foreshore

This is a special place to spend some time during your visit to Picton Step through the War Memorial and enjoy the picture postcard view of the Sounds framed by lovely palm trees- great picnic spot.

Picton Foreshore Activities Include

18 Hole mine golf course OPen every day 9am till sundown Merry Go Round for children alongside Mini Golf Course

Seahorse World Aquarium & Picton Cinema

View the displays in the aquarium and see the fish being fed several times a day. Day passes available.


There is a safe swimming beach, on the foreshore, at Shelly beach and Bob’s Bay and Waikawa Bay

Picton Water Taxis

On demand private water taxi service that also offers y.ear round hire of 2 rental boats; 4.3 metres naiad holds four people and the 6 metre Mc Lay holds 7 people

Edwin Fox and Museum

Dunbar Wharf near the Ferry Terminal. Open daily 9am-5pm summer until 6:30. Edwin Fox was built in 1853 and is one of the oldest wooden ships still afloat. A dry dock is currently under construction as part of a restoration project.. the museum makes an interesting visit and features a well-documented history of the ship as well as souvenirs including unique cooperage crafts. All proceeds go to the restoration project. Check out the passenger list… you may find your family name among them!

Picton Museum & Historical Society

Open daily 10am – 4pm. Very informative, well worth a visit. Particular items of interest to the whaling industry which operated from Tory Channel and Port Underwood. Also interesting displays on Maori, Early Settlers and Mythical interest from around the area.

The Town Centre

Is located on High Street, through the War Memorial Arch on the Foreshore or along London Quay.

Picton Golf Club

Is situated on State Highway 1 at Koromiko, approximately 6 km south of Picton. This attractive 9 hole course offers a variety of interesting and challenging holes. www.pictongolfclub.co.nz

The Interislander Ferry Terminal

This complex compromises Interislander and Lynx Booking Office, Mt Cook, Inter City, Coach and Shuttle terminus, Rental Car Offices, Cafe and Gift shop. A lovely setting to have lunch overlooking the water and watch the activity.

This a only a fraction of the things to see and do around the area. Click on the links on the tool bar for more information