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Arriving in Picton

Nearly all walkers and mountain bikers begin the Queen Charlotte Track by arriving via Picton. a small town located in the heart of the Queen Charlotte Sound, at the top of the South Island.

Picton can easily be reached from both North and South Islands.

By Air

SoundsAir - up to 7 daily flights Picton / Wellington

Air New Zealand - up to 10 daily flights Blenheim / Wellington, 3 flights Blenheim / Auckland and 3 flights Blenheim / Christchurch.

By Road

Self-Drive - State Highway 1 runs through Blenheim, Marlborough's main centre directly up to Picton, approximately 30 minutes north of Blenheim.

The highway connects to the Inter-Island Ferry service at Picton. Picton can also be approaced from the west (Nelson and the West Coast) via the Queen Charlotte Drive.

Driving distances and times to and from Picton.

  Km (miles) Approx Time
Picton - Nelson
(via Queen Charlotte Drive)
110 (68) 2 hrs 30 mins
Picton - Christchurch 336 (209) 5 hours
Picton - Blenheim 28 (17) 30 mins

These times are based on driving at 80 to 100 km per hour on open stretches of road, with a small allowance for traffic delays, petrol stops and refreshments.

Coach - There are several bus operators that offer a range of scheduled services to the Marlborough region.

By Sea

Ferry Operators - Bluebridge and The Interislander transport passengers and vehicles across Cook Strait between Picton and Wellington for those travelling with vehicles from the the North Islands. The journey takes approximately 3 hours.

The ferries link with Tranz Scenic Train services in Wellington and Picton, making it easier to book travel.

By Rail

Tranz Rail operates the Coastal Pacific, which links the port of Picton to Christchurch. It connects with the Interislander ferry in Picton. Journey time is 5 hours 20 minutes.

For more information on getting to Picton:

Contact our i-SITE Visitor Centres for up-to-date travel information and details.



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