22 November 2017

New Zealand Travel Diary: Picton


Picton. A small town at the very tip of New Zealand's South Island. It is known as the gateway to both islands - if you are travelling from Wellington, you will pass through Picton after your ferry through Cook Strait. Picton is a very tourist friendly town, with lots of hostels, hotels & apartments on every street. There are several restaurants and cafes, lots of hiking trails available & hundreds of other outdoor activities for you to choose from. If you do plan on taking the Ferry, I would definitely recommend staying a night or two here, especially if the weather is nice. There isn't lots to see in the town, but it is so picturesque: nestled between rows upon rows of mountains, the sea stretching to the horizon - it feels like you've stepped in to a dream world. 


The Interislander ferry is a picturesque journey in itself. If you are lucky to have beautiful sunshine, you will be able to admire the endless tree-covered mountains of Marlborough Sounds and it's blue waters. The shapes of the mountains almost look as if green giants are sleeping in the water. The ferry lasts just under 4 hours, and you can step outside onto to the observation deck halfway through, once you've reached Marlborough Sounds.



Again, I'd only recommend staying a night or two - we were lucky to have good weather for most of our time there, which enabled us to do as many free activities as we had planned: there are some amazing hikes nearby (see our post about the Snout Track) and with such stunning views it'd be a shame not to take advantage of them. You could also hire some kayaks if you're not on a tight budget, or book a boat trip.
  • WHERE TO STAY
We stayed in a private room at Sequoia Lodge Backpackers: it was probably one of my favourite hostels in New Zealand. Free WiFi, a super comfy bed, free breakfast and free soup at dinner - AND chocolate pudding at 8pm every night. The hostel also had hot water bottles available, extra blankets, and a locker for our valuables. I was amazed at the service we had there despite it being a hostel. Our room was only accessible from the outside, so we did have to venture outside to get to the toilet and shower - but other than that it was great value for money. We even had a free shuttle service to the ferry terminal to hop back on to the Kiwi Experience Bus. 

  • WHERE TO EAT

We had some lovely meals at Cafe Cortana, located at the edge of the seafront on the high-street. It does delicious pizzas & roasted vegetable salads. We didn't go anywhere else during our stay, but there are several restaurants to chose from so you have a bit of variety. If you are able to cook yourselves there is a FourSquare on the main street in town, I personally found it a bit pricey but it had all the basics.

We have another 2 days here in Picton before we hop on to the bus once more, stopping next as the Abel Tasman National Park!

Summer x

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