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Flights to Picton from other parts of New Zealand are limited, with flights only available from Wellington International Airport five times daily. These flights take only about half an hour. If you’re travelling to Picton from other parts of New Zealand, a flight to Wellington will be a part of your itinerary. Wellington’s central location at the southern tip of North Island, and the fact its airport is a major international airport, mean that flights here from other parts of New Zealand are regular and efficient.
The only passenger flights into Picton are direct domestic flights from Wellington serviced by Sounds Air. These flights depart several times a day and last only half an hour, flying from Wellington over Cook Strait and into Picton’s only airport, also known as Picton Aerodrome (PCN).
Picton Airport is about 5km south of Picton township, which is about a 10-minute drive. When you’re flying into Picton, you can take a shuttle into the township’s city centre, just be sure you book in advance. The shuttle costs NZ$10 per person, each way, and makes several stops along the way
Picton is a charming seaside township that has plenty to offer visitors, especially in terms of cultural attractions and outdoor adventures. Take advantage of Picton’s location in the central Marlborough Sounds by booking luxury private cruises, whale watching expeditions, and tours that let you swim with dolphins. Hop aboard the historic Edwin Fox Ship and Visitor Centre docked in Dunbar Wharf to catch a glimpse of life on trading ship that sailed the seas starting in the mid-19th century.
Take a 10-minute boat ride from Picton to Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can explore lush greenery, views across Marlborough Sounds, and watch dozens of species of gorgeous birds fly about and sing. In the winter, the sanctuary also receives visits from precious fur seals, making their way through the waters of the Sounds. Bike New Zealand’s famous Queen Charlotte Track right in Picton with mountain bike rental from Marlborough Sounds Adventure Co. The scenic Track is 71km, taking two to three days to bike it in its entirety if desired, with plenty of stops along the way for refreshments and photo opportunities.
New Zealanders travelling to Picton need neither a passport nor a visa, as Picton is part of New Zealand. Be sure you bring a valid form of government-issued photo identification, whether a passport or a driver’s license, as this is a necessity for confirming your identity when flying.