Picton is a town situated in the Marlborough Region of South Island, New Zealand, named after Sir Thomas Picton (1758-1815), Welsh military associate of the Duke of Wellington, killed at the Battle of Waterloo. The town is located close to the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, 65 km (40 miles) west of Wellington and 25 km (16 miles) north of Blenheim. Waikawa lies north-east of Picton. It is often considered a contiguous part of Picton.
As a major hub in the transport network of New Zealand, Picton connects South Island road & rail network with the ferries across Cook Strait to the North Island and Wellington. In June 2015 the town had a population of 4,330, making it the 2nd-largest town in Marlborough Region after Blenheim. It is the easternmost in the South Island featuring a population of at least 1,000 inhabitants.
Picton is the major link between the South and North Islands and has scheduled ferry service over Cook Strait. Strait Shipping and Interislander are the two main shipping companies that operate this route, and both offer Roll-on/roll-off capabilities for trucks and cars (the Interislander also sometimes trains).
The town of Picton is the usual starting point for holidays to Marlborough Sounds. Highlights include walking, fishing, diving and Queen Charlotte Sound (NZ) Track. A popular dive trip is to the 177-meter long wreck of former cruise liner ms Mikhail Lermontov (one of the largest, most accessible and recent/1986, shipwrecks in the world), now at Port Gore, 37 m under water.
Other good dive sites in the Picton area include Fish Reserve, Long Island Marine Reserve and Koi wreck. Introductory dives and PADI (Professional Association of Diving Instructors) certification courses are available from Picton. Technical diving and Technical Diving International (TDI) courses can be completed in the town, diving in Marlborough Sounds.
Highlights: Marlborough Sounds & Vineyards
Port Picton cruise ship schedule shows timetable calendars of all arrival and departure dates by month. The port's schedule lists all ships (in links) with cruises going to or leaving from Picton, New Zealand. To see the full itineraries (ports of call dates and arrival / departure times) and their lowest rates – just follow the corresponding ship-link.
|Day||Ship||Arrival||Departure||Next Port of Call|
|5 April, 2018|
|ms Noordam||08:00||21:00||Wellington, New Zealand|
|20 April, 2018|
|Radiance Of The Seas||12:00||21:00||Wellington, New Zealand|
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