Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Picton

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Best Budget-Friendly Things to Do in Picton

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  • Snarth
    Philadelphia530 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We did a day trip consisting of a water taxi from Picton to the start of the Queen Charlotte Track, a hike as far as the Furneaux Lodge, and water taxi back. Our guide, Jamie, was an excellent companion and very informative about the history, flora and fauna of the region. The walk is lovely and would be nice in any weather, but we were lucky enough to have a rainbow following us around. The scenery is just splendid and the hike is invigorating and just enough for a day.
    Written 16 April 2024
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  • HahnTravels
    Liverpool, Australia1,236 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful views and scenery by water, hiking or by car. Plenty of walks down to uncrowded beaches. water an amazing colour in the sun. Amazing area, just get out and wander, grab a kayak or drive some slow roads - eg Picton to Havelock.
    Written 6 March 2024
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  • johnnyroadmap
    Nantwich, UK210 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a beautiful little town, the gateway to the South Island. I’ve never seen so many motorhomes queuing for the ferry!
    We walked up path which overlooks the town and harbour, a stunning view on a lovely day. The town itself is very quaint with a lovely harbour side looking out to mountains beyond.
    A great place to wonder and explore especially if the sun is out.
    Written 6 April 2024
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  • Moni C
    London, UK5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent price for what's on offer. I loved the upstairs room with the chronology of the boat, the documentary video about it, and also the more general history of shipping in the area. The ancient boat itself was the cherry on top. Great experience and thoroughly recommended!!
    Written 13 March 2024
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  • gdixonrb
    Melbourne, Australia124 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is a truly great hike with spectacular views and a well-maintained path. The distances can be adjusted by arrangement with a water taxi to suit ability
    Written 8 February 2023
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  • paulbrown1019
    Southampton, UK236 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Efficient water taxi service over to the nature reserve. However the helm could do with some lessons on how to moor up as he appeared to make a bit of a meal of it in both directions!!

    The reserve its self is lovely however could do with better signage so you know how far around the loop walk you are. I.e. can you stop and enjoy the view verses need to crack on and hey around!

    Photo is of our cruise ship through the undergrowth
    Written 21 January 2024
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  • Joshua C
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The trip across the Cook Strait was great! Our family booked the Pelorus Jack Lounge as my teenage son eats a TON! It was worth it! Just be sure to arrive early to enable your family to sit together and have a good view. We also explored the ferry with our 4 year old and she loved walking around the ship. Unfortunately the kids’ play place wasn’t open though.
    Written 24 March 2024
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  • Bea T
    Wellington, New Zealand399 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This short, steep walk to the "hill top" look out is great. It takes approximately 40 minutes to get to the look out. The views are stunning. You see Picton. Waikawa ad the sounds. I prefer to walk the same way back to Newgate Street instead of continuning to end. Really the best walk in Picton. I think I have walked it already 50 times and I have taken quite a lot of visitors and they all liked it as well.
    Written 1 April 2021
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  • rosemary marriott
    Napier, New Zealand40 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This museum has much of interest including a comprehensive display of the whaling history in the area. We were in picton for captain cook's 250th centenary celebrations but the museum failed to mention this auspicious occasion or have a special display for it. There was no children's area but my granddaughter enjoyed the pioneer life area without getting bored.
    Written 22 January 2020
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  • Patrick R
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wonderful assistance from the Picton Isite people to organise my trip to the Queen Charlotte track and Tasman park areas with special mention to Sophie who patiently, efficiently and kindly help me to put together my wishes into a fully packed 5 days stay. Very grateful! 😃👍👍 patrick
    Written 18 February 2024
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  • Naina-Damani
    London, UK1,032 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    The War Memorial at Picton is a monument and a sculpture of a soldier which commemorates First and Second World War.
    Written 14 February 2021
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  • Momelco
    Denver, CO98 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Used Omega Rental Cars for the first time for a two week rental - picking up in Picton and returning to Blenheim.

    PICKUP: The pick-up process was relatively easy and the staff that I interacted with were very friendly. The Omega location is offsite in comparison to all other rental car companies at Picton. Omega has a shuttle, which will pick you up after you call on arrival. The drive to the office is a very short distance. It could be walkable, but there was construction during my visit with the normal route blocked and a gravel road that would not have been kind to my suitcase. When you arrive, you're asked to call Omega to pick you up. While traveling, I do not have call data and I could not get Whatsapp to work so walked over to the visitor info center and they called Omega for me.

    RETURN: Easy return process at Blenheim. To drop here, they charge an additional $35. The airport has designated spots for Omega cars, key drop for after hours, and it's a VERY short distance (steps) to the terminal / departure. I did not realize how small this airport was, but you do not need a lot of time. When returning the vehicle, no one was working so I put my keys in the drop box. My confirmation email requested that you leave a voicemail stating you've returned the vehicle. Again - did not have calling capabilities so could not leave a voicemail. Since I had extra time, I went back to the office after it's opening hours and no one was there. I asked a few of the folks working at Budget and Apex and they did think it was necessary to leave a voicemail. I do wish there would have been some sort of follow up communication to close the loop, but did not receive anything. It would have been nice to know - we received your keys, the full is as expected (full) and the condition is returned as picked up.

    VEHICLE:
    I chose the cheapest car I could find since prices were really high during my rental. It did have some dings on the exterior, which I don't mind, and all was marked on the contract. I ended up receiving a small Toyota hatchback. From my previous rental on the North Island, I missed having navigation, lane assist, and a trunk to hide personal belongings in the car although the back windows were tinted dark and I had no issues with theft.

    Overall, it was a great car and smooth rental experience from Omega. I'd rent here again!
    Written 14 March 2024
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  • SuenAndy1983
    Auckland, New Zealand87 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    While in Picton we were looking to do a wine tour but because of the time of year there was only 1 tour operating which was fully booked. We found A1 shuttles and went to enquire. They were very obliging and the next day we were picked up at pour accomodation by Tony. Off we went. He had arranged tastings at short notice for us and we were the only couple. We had a great time and Tony was really good company. Enjoyed the time at the vineyards and in the shuttle too. Thanks.
    Written 21 January 2021
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  • Carolyn K
    17 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the second time in 20 years that I have selected Wilderness Guides to coordinate my 4 day hike of the Queen Charlotte Track. Both times everything went flawlessly, from pickup at our hotel, in-person briefing of the track and what to expect along the way, boat transportation to the beginning of the track, selection of lodges and rooms, to final drop-off again at our hotel. I felt comfortable that if we had any snags along the way, we would receive a fast and courteous resolution.

    Their website provided helpful information, along with their maps.

    I would definitely choose to work with them again.
    Written 4 April 2024
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  • vvenning
    Oxford, UK13 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Really enjoyable small group tour visiting 4 vineyards for tastings in the vicinity of Blenheim. Charming and humorous driver/guide David helped make the trip very lively. The knowledge and expertise from the Vineyard hosts was excellent, particularly St Clair. Would definitely recommend.
    Written 4 February 2024
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