Activities & Events Calendar
Activities at The Villa
Queen Charlotte Walkway specialists, walking trips, sailing, kayaking, boating. Camping gear available. Bone carving classes. . . . . and MUCH MORE!
In & Around Picton
- Walk Poppy , our Villa dog, along kilometres of local walking tracks in natural bush with great views over the Marlborough Sounds.
- Enjoy great coffee, wine and food at our local cafes.
- Use our bikes for free and discover the town and surrounds.
- Meet the local sea life at Seahorse World and see our history through the little museums and go aboard the historic ship “The Edwin Fox” built in 1857.
- Night bush walks to see Glow worms, we will always find something exciting for you to spend another day or two doing.
- Horseriding, sea kayaking, guided day trips and multi day, freedom rentals ..we’ve done the trips and can offer good advice. Water taxis, seal swims, day walks the list is endless!
- Or just chill out in our wonderful garden and enjoy the sunshine!
Walking & Hiking
The most popular activities around Picton are The Queen Charlotte Track one day walks or more (The Queen Charlotte Track is now 70kms long) or Mountain biking. The Villa provides a full complimentary booking service to arrange all your transport and accommodation needs to walk or bike the Queen Charlotte Track.
Nelson and Abel Tasman National Park is two hours to the West from Picton, we book all activities over there, very necessary most of the year, except the Department of Conservation huts along the Abel Tasman Track . . . we are working on that . . .
Swim at the beach 100 metres from The Villa or sail a model yacht on the foreshore for 20 cents.
Enjoy a one day or overnight guided sea-kayaking trips from the Villa. With knowledgeable guides, great lunches, a great, safe Sounds experience on the water – very good especially for beginners. Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company, based in Picton, a leading sea kayaking outfit in the Marlborough Sounds is the perfect company for these wonderful trips
Kayak, Speedboat and Mountain bike hire on the Foreshore.
Dolphin Watch Eco-tours … not just viewing dolphins see seals and bird life as well, enjoy bush walks and learn some of our history as well.
Or try Myths & Legends Eco-Tours, showcasing the environmental delights of the Marlborough Sounds on a classic kauri launch, Tutanekai. Take the opportunity to see kereru, seals, dolphins, blue penguins and gannets on a personalised cruise and absorb the maori myths and legends of this stunning area.
Wine & Food Tours
Wine trails, half or full day tours, gourmet tours too . . . NZ’s largest and most famous wine region, Blenheim, starts just outside of Picton.
Visit several wineries, taste all the different varieties, share lunch in a vineyard cafe with your new friends and cap off your tour with a tasting stop at the Distillery.
Tour Companies in Picton
The Marlborough Sounds Adventure Company specialises in guided and independent sea kayaking, walking, hiking and mountain biking holiday tours (bike and kayak rentals are available) of the Queen Charlotte Track and the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.
The Villa is an Accredited Agent for Whale Watch Kaikoura, Dolphin Encounter Kaikoura and seal swims. Kaikoura is two hours by car, train or bus South of Picton. The Kaikoura activities get very busy, especially in peak periods, you are always advised to book ahead…we do that for you.
Tandem Skydiving Nelson is very popular, this season they have a new plane and are offering higher jumps …yahoo!!
The Villa Events Calendar
Keep you up-to-date with all the fun, new and exciting happenings that go on at The Villa throughout the year.
MT FREETH WALK: Join our crew on the yearly walk up to Mount Freeth – The highest hill in Picton with great views into the Sounds. As this is private land access is only available for that one day.
GUY FAWKES: Guy Fawkes is loud and proud ….lots of fire works, maybe a BBQ before hand and lots of explanations to totally bewildered guests who have no idea what’s going on.
CHRISTMAS PARADE IN PICTON: Christmas is on the way and the Christmas parade is not far off – Assembling at the Picton Police Station by 2.00pm – parade moves off at 2.30pm. A concert will start on the Picton Foreshore and the prizes for the Best Community Floats and the Best Business Floats will be awarded at 2.45pm approx. There will be free facepainting & fun balloons. There will be a variety of food and drinks to purchase.
TREE TRIMMING PARTY: Tree trimming party with free wine, maybe mulled wine and Christmas cake, guests and staff decorating the big trees around and in The Villa a week or so before Christmas, very sentimental for some, lots of shmultzy Chrissy muzak.
CHRISTMAS: While there is no compulsory “live in” period for Christmas, and the Villa will be closed on Christmas Day so that staff can enjoy the day too, we would prefer that guests who wish to stay with us over the holiday period stay Christmas Eve (24 Dec) through to Boxing Day (26 Dec). If however we have guests who arrive on Christmas Day we will not turn you away! We will still, however have the festive Christmas spirit around The Villa over the Christmas period with decorations, Chrissy cake etc although Christmas Day itself will be “DIY” for guests. It will still be great – So come and spend great days with us over Christmas!!
NEW YEARS EVE PARTY: Celebrate New Year’s Eve 2013 at Ignite Marlborough on London Quay, Picton. Picton’s annual New Year’s Eve party has evolved into an even bigger event with co-sponsors Port Marlborough and the Interisland now joined by the Marlborough District Council. The new event, Ignite Marlborough, includes a programme of live music from 7.30pm – 12.30pm, with the spectacular fireworks display at midnight. It promises to be a great night of fun.