• Marlborough and Helicopters

Picton and Marlborough Holidays

Holidays in Picton and Marlborough allow you to experience the best of New Zealand’s South and North Islands. Located on the coast, Picton is a seaside town with an inter-island ferry service, while Marlborough is well known as the country’s wine capital.

Adventurers will find beautiful landscapes and plenty of activities to keep them entertained in Marlborough, while couples wanting to enjoy a romantic break can simply sit back, relax and enjoy the gourmet dining scene. If you prefer to explore the coast, Picton is home to sea kayaking and other activities, as well as pods of dolphins who play in the waters. 

Destination Highlights
  • Ferry to North Island
  • Gourmet dining
  • Watch Marlborough Sounds
  • Marlborough wine and food festival
  • See the Maritime Centre

Time Zone

+13 hours

Flight Time

London Heathrow to Auckland is around 24 hours, typically with one stop in Singapore. From Auckland, you can get a direct flight to Marlborough (Blenheim airport) and take a shuttle (25 minutes) to Picton.

Currency

New Zealand Dollar

Visa Information

UK citizens or passport holders do not need visas for trips up to six months.

Language

English

Health Information

No Mandatory vaccinations required. It's important to contact your GP for the latest recommendations.

Picton and Marlborough Attractions

  • Marlborough wine and food festival

    Marlborough’s Wine and Food Festival draws visitors to the region from far and wide every February. It features delicious wines from throughout New Zealand, including the world famous Sauvignon Blanc. When it comes to dining, small gourmet producers set up stalls and sell everything from oysters to lamb and pork belly. Enter the best dressed competition, listen to expert chefs and wine connoisseurs or simply wander through the grounds taking it all in.

  • Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

    One of the world’s oldest ships, the Edwin Fox is permanently displayed in Picton, where visitors can discover its fascinating history. Built for the East India Company in 1853, the ship is made from teak and saul timber, and is reported to have carried Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War. Having sailed to Australia, the UK, India, China, Cuba and many other ports in between, the ship has a long history, which finished in 1897 when she docked for the last time in Picton.

  • Marlborough Sounds

    Marlborough Sounds is a collection of ancient river valleys which are filled by the Pacific Ocean and stretch for 150km along the South Island’s coast. They’re surrounded by luscious mountains and forests, and house dolphins, seals and even penguins, which can be seen playing in the waters. There are over 50 reserves to see, some with predator-less islands where flightless birds and other endangered animals remain protected.