We stayed at Picton on our way across the Cook Strait. It was a clean, buzzing little community with many photographic opportunities and we enjoyed our stay whilst we waited our ferry crossing
It is just a little town but very warm and friendly. Great children's playground on the waterfront. Great boating opportunities and long extended walks or short walks in lovely bush.
Very relaxing. .. We had superb weather which always helps. Took the rail down to Christchurch .. A glorious trip, superb scenery all the way down bu over 5 hours... Would visit Picton again.
Drive up to some of the lookouts around the town. Tramp the queen charlotte track. Make sure you give yourself time for a coffee at one of the many cafes overlooking the marina.
I would think Picton is the gateway to the South Island, can't say much since we only stayed the one night after arriving on the late ferry from Wellington.
Picton is a surprisingly wonderful place, which, in ignorance, I did not expect. You can easily have a holiday just here, as many Backpackers seem to do.
Picton is a friendly, ferry stopover point. Avoid it if you can. Not much to see or do. Stay only if the ferry schedule makes further travel impractical.
This is where the ferry to the North is. Docks. We heard that the company might move to another location.
This would kill this town. It is an old fashioned town. People are nice.