Picton is located near the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, near the corner of the South Island of New Zealand. The population is an estimated 3,000 residents. Picton is the chief port of Marlborough. The port is an vital part of the launch transport system serving Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds. The key activities of the district, including the Sounds area, are sheep raising and cattle grazing. Picton is a servicing and distributing center not only for its close environs but also for the greater part of Marlborough Sounds. It is also an significant tourist center and serves as a dispersal point for visitors to the Sounds. Industrial activities of the town include meat freezing, fish packing, general engineering, and small-boat building. Picton was established a borough in 1876.
If you want to see some of Picton's history visit the waterfront museum and some of the old ships in port especially the Edwin Fox built in 1853, thought to be the ninth oldest ship in the world.
when you visit Picton you have a lot of activities to try out like shipwreck diving, fishing, sailing, dolphin watching and plenty of great walking tracks including Essons Valley Reservoir walk which has glow worms.