Facts - Your first port of call if arriving from the North Island by ferry is Picton (pop. Approx 3600) a town that manages to retain a quaint seaside atmosphere despite the large amount of water traffic. Built around a very sheltered harbour, the town has an attractive seafront dotted with cafés, restaurants and various types of galleries. There’s also a floating maritime museum and an aquarium. Local operators can take you cruising, fishing, dolphin watching or sea kayaking.
Queen Charlotte Drive and Queen Charlotte Track - The Queen Charlotte drive takes you from Picton to Havelock, towards Nelson, around 40km of bush fringed, winding, waterside road. It partly follows the Queen Charlotte Sound, and if you’re family’s energetic with a few days to spare, there’s little you could do in New Zealand more memorable than tackling the 71km Queen Charlotte track! Here’s the beauty of this 3 to 4 day walking track – you can choose to stay in anything from camping or budget to farmstay or luxury accommodation along the way and best of all, the water taxi service will transport your bags from one place to the next! No organising huts, carrying heavy packs or cooking noodles, plus you get to walk one of the most sensational walks in the country!
Havelock - Greenshell mussel capital of the world, gateway to the Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds of Marlborough, home of the legendary trophy snapper, and the pathway to the amazing bush clad Nydia Track. Havelock is centrally situated between Nelson, Blenheim and Picton – once a thriving goldmining town, nowadays it thrives on goodies from the sea. Stop off and experience the famous Mussel Pot (formerly known as Mussel Boys) and check out the giant rooftop mussel display! Also arts and crafts, cafes and restaurants are on offer in this tiny seaside town.
Blenheim - Marlborough's largest town, situated half an hour’s driving south of Picton. It’s an excellent base for exploring the surrounding area with activities including water-based sports, hiking, horse trekking, mountain biking, road biking, wine tasting and skiing.
MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS FAMILY ACCOMMODATION We've researched dozens of accommodation options for your family travel to New Zealand. Whether you're heading for a hotel, campground, holiday park, motel, holiday home, self catering apartments or kiwi farmstay, we list options that welcome famiiles. Check out our great 'family stuff' pages for heaps of extras offered by the accommodation on these pages. NOTE Where nightly rates have been specified, these are minimum prices based on accommodation for 2 adults plus one extra. Prices do vary, depending on the time of year, length of stay and seasonal offers. This is a guide only. All establishments recommend booking ahead. We advise you to personally contact establishments for up to date information to suit the accommodation needs of your family.
- 70 -78 Waikawa Road, Picton
- 0800 277 444
- +64 3 573 7212
- +64 3 573 7912
- Nightly Rates From:
$100.00 per night based on a twin studio ensuite
Sheltered, park-like grounds, range of accommodation to suit all, superb family facilities and close to town centre. Picton Top 10 offers tent and powered sites, plus a range of cabin options to suit families of any size or budget. Facilities include fenced pool with separate toddlers' area, private spa, playground, trampoline, games room with table tennis, pool, air hockey and arcade games, TV and wireless internet room, bike hire and BBQ. We also have trikes available for use within the park and kids' DVDs available to borrow from reception. Our self-contained 1 and 2 bedroom units have their own kitchen and bathroom, and we offer a range of cabin sizes sleeping up to 6, with use of communal kitchen and bathroom. All facilities are modern and well-maintained, and we have a private, spacious and clean family bathroom with baby bath, baby change table, shower, toilet and hairdryer. Our friendly staff can help with your activity bookings and we also have snacks, milk and soft drinks for sale. Just 200m to shops.... more