Ferry Pick Ups
We do ferry pick ups from the Interislander Ferries. We are unable to pick up from the Bluebridge Ferry as we don’t have a parking permit for this terminal. There is a Bluebridge shuttle that will drop guests off outside the font door of the Villa, just make sure you ask the driver!
Email, Internet & Phone Services
Here at The Villa we provide free unlimited Wifi throughout the main building and we also have a phone for guest use with international phone cards or local and freephone numbers. The Library close by has free internet access as well as computers for use.
Store your packs, bikes, skis etc while you are on the Queen Charlotte Track or travelling around the South Island. Unfortunately we cannot store cars, but we can arrange storage for you.
Information & Booking Services
Adventure Travel Shop. InterCity Agents, Car rentals ferry tickets. Best price rental cars!
Onward Travel & Rental Agents
We can book and ticket Interisland Line ferries, trains and Intercity coaches nationwide as well as Soundsair, our local airline to Wellington and outer Sounds.
We can also book all buses and shuttles out of Picton and return. Most stop and pickup at our gate – Stray and Kiwi Experience “backpacker bus” tickets.
The Villa are agents for several rental car companies, we always do our best to get the best deals for you.
Office Hours, Payment Options etc
Office hours for bookings – 8.15am to 9.30pm. Subject to change as required. We may shut earlier during Winter…
Visa, MasterCard and Eftpos accepted.
Food & Wine
Waimea, Nelson. Beautiful Export apples for our world famous Applecrumble and ice cream. Great apples and great people. Jobs for apple pickers and pack house staff in season. Contact us and we will put you in touch with them.
In the remote and unpolluted Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand King Salmon marine farms are situated in some of the cleanest rearing environments anywhere in the world.
Experience New Zealand’s natural beauty, fishing clear mountain-fed rivers and lakes for trophy trout in the beautiful wine growing region of Marlborough with your fishing guide Dave Langham.
Offers great packages for those travelling to Kaikoura in a car. The skiing or boarding is much more affordable and more friendly than big commercial fields. Mt Lyford takes about 3 hours to reach from Picton. The shuttle goes from Kaikoura to Mt Lyford daily. Accommodation can be found in Kaikoura or else stay at the lodge at the bottom of the mountain.
For those travelling to Nelson. Rainbow Ski field takes about 1 1/2 hours to reach from Picton. No public transport leaves from Picton or Blenheim but does leave daily from Nelson.
Tour Companies in Picton
Specialises in guided and independent sea kayaking, walking, hiking and mountain biking holiday tours (bike and kayak rentals are available).
Walking & Hiking
3 – 4 day walking and mountain bike track.
Wilderness Guides can show you the Marlborough Sounds New Zealand like no-one else!
Showcasing the environmental delights of the Marlborough Sounds on a classic kauri launch, Tutanekai.
Daily cruise departures over the summer season from the Havelock Marina. A wonderful cruise out in to the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds, two of the main Sounds that make up the Marlborough Sounds. Visit a Greenshell Mussel Farm for the perfect wine and food match of fresh steamed mussels served with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
For an extensive range of daily tours, both scheduled and private tours of the Marlborough wine region. Indulge with fabulous wine and food on our Taste Marlborough Tour, combine the wine region and the Marlborough Sounds on our Marlborough Icons Tour, or sit back and relax on your very own private tour. All group sizes catered for.
Getting To and From Picton & Around the Marlborough Sounds
Specialists in combining Water Transportation and Luxury Cruising in Marlborough’s Spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound.
Linking New Zealand’s North and South Islands. The 92 km journey between Wellington and Picton takes only 3 hours and has been described as “one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world”. Interislander’s 3 vessels give you a wide choice of sailings. Passengers can walk on or take a vehicle.
With stunning scenery, friendly service, free big screen movies and a choice of return sailings every day (except Christmas Day) between Wellington and Picton – there’s no better way for you and your vehicle to cross Cook Strait.
David Langham is an artist who lives in Marlborough, New Zealand. His art captures Natures Beauty and Power!
Kiwi Experience is New Zealand’s original adventure transport network offering flexible tours of New Zealand for backpackers and independent travellers who want to get off the beaten track and see the real New Zealand. Designed by travellers for travellers, Kiwi Experience has over 25 comprehensive routes from just one day trips to country-wide trips with up to a year to complete.
‘Neuseeland fuer Deutsche (New Zealand for Germans) – Experten fuer Reisen in NZ’
Hop-on hop-off NZ backpacker bus service goes well off the beaten track for local culture and alternative activities – and unlike an ordinary New Zealand bus tour you have the option to get off and stay longer in any place.
The Barn Cabins, Camping and Backpackers Abel Tasman offers a range of comfortable accommodation including cabins, camping, dorms and rooms, with an extensive range of on site facilities and great deals on activities in the area there is lots to do and see.