Picton, being one of the gateways to the Marlborough Sounds, is also the departure point for those sailing across the Cook Strait to the North Island. Several ferries cross this body of water every day as the main means of getting to and from both Islands.
Picton is a pretty little harbour town, with a relaxed seafront area and marina, many restaurants and cafes, and a myriad of scenic walks and bike tracks. It is also only a short drive to Marlborough's famous wine region, so there is plenty to do before or after crossing on the ferry.
After roughly 4 hours sailing, we arrived into Wellington, NZ’s capital city. Known as the ‘windy city’, Wellington nestles on the narrow southern coast of the North Island. A compact cosmopolitan city, it has a lotto offer with a mix of culture, history, nature, cuisine and retail. Many museums and art galleries border Wellington’s CBD area, the most well known being Te Papa - New Zealands national museum - well worth a visit. There are plenty of outdoor activities too, biking and walking and the large eco-sanctuary right in the centre of the city, called Zealandia, home to 40 rare species of native wildlife and lush forest.
We used our time in Wellington to catch up with our work and friends, so still have lots to explore ourselves and we can’t wait!
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