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Museum in Picton

Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

Purportedly the world’s ninth-oldest surviving wooden ship, the Edwin Fox was built near Calcutta and launched in 1853. During its chequered career it carried troops to the Crimean War, convicts to Australia and imm…
Cafe in Picton


This friendly and hard-working joint does beaut breakfasts including first-class salmon-scrambled eggs and a 'Morning Glory' fry-up worth the calories. Lunch options may include local mussels or a steak sandwich.
Bakery in Picton

Picton Village Bakkerij

Dutch owners bake trays of European goodies here, including interesting breads, filled rolls, cakes and custardy, tarty treats. An excellent stop before or after the ferry, or to stock a packed lunch.
Cafe in Picton

Café Cortado

A pleasant corner cafe and bar with sneaky views of the harbour through the foreshore’s pohutukawa and palms. This consistent performer turns out fish dishes, homemade cheeseburgers and decent pizza.
Cafe in Picton

Le Café

A spot perennially popular for its quayside location, dependable food and Havana coffee. The likes of salami sandwiches and sweets are in the cabinet, while a good antipasto platter, generous pasta dishes, local mus…
Museum in Picton

Picton Museum

If you dig local history – whaling, sailing and the 1964 Roller Skating Champs – this will float your boat. The photo displays are well worth a look, especially for five bucks.
Supermarket in Picton

Fresh Choice Supermarket

Pretty much the only supermarket choice, and fortunately a good one.
Aquarium in Picton

Eco World Aquarium

The primary purpose of this centre is animal rehabilitation: all sorts of critters come here for fix-ups and rest-ups, and the odd bit of hanky-panky! Special specimens include NZ's 'living dinosaur' – the tuatara –…
Sports & Outdoors in Picton

Picton Sportsworld

Good local sports shop stocking a selection of camping, hiking and fishing gear.
Viewpoint in Picton


The lookout on the Tirohanga Track has beautiful, wide-ranging views of Picton and Queen Charlotte.