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.
- 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
- 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.
(via Queen Charlotte Drive)
|| 2 hrs 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.
- There are several bus operators that offer a range of scheduled services to the Marlborough region.
- 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.
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.
more information on getting to Picton:
our i-SITE Visitor Centres for up-to-date
travel information and details.