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|Picton - The Gateway to the Marlborough Sounds|
Picton (Pop 2928) is a town in the Marlborough region of the South Island.
It is near the head of Queen Charlotte Sound in the north-east corner of the
South Island. Queen Charlotte Sound is one of four Sounds that makes up the
Nestled between the mountains and the sea is Picton, an european settlement of
this area began in the 1840s and many of the early buildings still grace the
waterfront and wide streets of Picton.
Picton has no local bus service. The town centre is easily explored on foot.
Waikawa Bay, a suburb of Picton where the majority of the regions private
yachts and power boats are moored is about a 30 minute walk from town
Picton is also the terminus for
Cook Strait Ferry services
to and from Wellington, that cross Cook Strait and a busy hub for various
bus and coach operators providing daily inter-regional and long
distance bus and coach services
from Picton to
Motueka (for Abel Tasman National Park) and
Christchurch. and the northern terminal for
the Coastal Pacific train to and from Blenheim, Kaikoura and Christchurch.