Top South Island Destinations Near Picton

It’s not a visit to New Zealand without a trip across to Picton on the iconic Cook Strait ferry. Start your South Island road trip off right with a trip to these picturesque spots, all within an easy day’s drivefromPicton.


Blenheim and the surrounding Marlborough region is famous for its wines, particularly its award-winning Sauvignon Blanc. Explore the Wairau Valley and enjoy the best of what this region has to offer. For history buffs, Peter Jackson keeps his collection of World War One aircraft here at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. The Marlborough Museum is full of interactive exhibits to explore as well.


This sleepy costal village is full of rustic charm. A popular holiday destination for locals, it’s easy to see the appeal of this relaxing spot. There’s beaches and hills to explore and lookouts with comfy benches to enjoy the views.


Situated on the banks of stunning Pelorus Sound, Havelock is famous for being the greenshell mussel capital of the world. If you’re a seafood fan it’s well worth stopping off for lunch, although the picturesque surroundings make this well worth the trip regardless.


The village of Canvastown has plenty to please the eye, as many of the buildings from the gold rush era have been maintained. Enjoy a local pub meal or pitch a tent at one of the campgrounds – this spot is well worth a stop-off on your South Island journey.


On the coast of Cloudy Bay you’ll find the small town of Rarangi, surrounded by more than fifty vineyards, each with their own charms. There’s a beach to wander and plenty of fresh air to be had here.


Best known for its extensive marina, Waikawa is best explored by boat – why not treat yourself to a sunset cruise and take in the views from a yacht?