I didn’t feel qualified to say a lot about this town on our first visit as we were only there for about two hours. We then went back for two nights to prepare for walking the Queen Charlotte Track.
It has an unbelievably awesome playground- I wanted Evie to be bigger to be able to appreciate it! I wanted to play in it!
We visited the small whaling museum on the front, which although small and clearly run by local enthusiasts, it was jam packed with information on whaling and life in general since the Europeans settled in the area.
For a whole 20 cents you can ride the train, a service that has run since the 1970’s and which price has remained the same! This service happened to be run by our Air B&B hosts who volunteered there.
For another 20 cents you can hire and sail a yacht!
There is a designated swim area in the sea, but it wasn’t as nice as the beaches elsewhere.
And Picton is surrounded by a whole world of loveliness, with lush green forested hillsides, beautiful blue waters and bays with golden beaches, easily accessible by boat trips, kayak and a certain extent by car. You can see why it’s popular.
For us though, it was the place from which we went to catch the ferry to North Island first time around.