Picton's Top 10
Collected by Erin Levi , AFAR Contributor
79 Aerodrome Road Omaka, Burleigh, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre features the very own impressive collection of World War I aircraft and artifacts of director Sir Peter Jackson (of Lord of the Rings fame), as presented in the Knights of the Sky exhibition. Scenes depicting the...
Koromiko, Blenheim 7273, New Zealand
Marlborough deserves praise for putting New Zealand on the world wine map for its stellar sauvignon blanc. It's well worth exploring the region down to the last drop, vineyard by vineyard, glass by glass (if you’re really ambitious: bottle by...
Onahau Bay 7282, New Zealand
Have fun discovering art as you take in 11 acres of sensational scenery at Lochmara Bay. Blue carved Easter Island-esque human figures with oversized heads, an abstract alabaster sculpture and a mosaic wall: These are just a few of the quirky...
Dunbar Wharf, Picton 7281, New Zealand
As the port town where the Interislander Ferry picks ups and drops off travellers wanting to go from North Island to South Island and vice versa, Picton has become a passing through kind of place. It’s a shame really for this small town has a few...
Aerodrome Rd, Burleigh, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
Unlike the more touristy haka war dances that are performed in Rotorua, Omaka Marae in Marlborough offers travelers an authentic experience and insight into modern Maori life on the South Island. The beautifully carved meeting house—featuring...
499 Wairau Bar Rd, Blenheim 7273, New Zealand
Wairau Bar—a 47-acre gravel bar 20 minutes from Picton, where the Wairau River meets Cloudy Bay—is among New Zealand’s oldest and most culturally significant archaeological sites thanks to the discovery of burial sites and an...
33 Hammerichs Rd, Rapaura 7272, New Zealand
Plant connoisseurs will enjoy exploring Barewood Garden in Seddon and Upton Oaks, two gardens of national significance in Marlborough. The Upton Oaks gardens (pictured) were developed in harmony with the style of the 1911 villa on property—a...
Queen Charlotte Track, Endeavour Inlet 7282, New Zealand
Picton lies on Queen Charlotte Sound, the easternmost of the Marlborough Sounds. The waters here are relatively calm making it a favorite of sailors and an ideal place to explore on a boat tour. If you'd rather take in the sights from dry land,...
Shakespeare Bay 7281, New Zealand
A tour of a sheep farm in the Picton area provides an opportunity to learn about one of New Zealand's most important exports and the art and science of raising these animals. Sheep are only one of the animal attractions in an area known for its...
London Quay, Picton 7220, New Zealand
Hugging the tranquil Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island, the Queen Charlotte Track can be explored by bike or foot. Like Captain Cook in the 18th century, you’ll arrive by boat to a haven of unique flora and fauna, and understand...
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