Top 5 Things To Do In Picton During The Summer

1. Link Pathway – for Walkers and Bikers

The Link Pathway project began in 2005 with a desire by inner Marlborough Sounds residents to see pathways established between local communities. As initial pathways were created, the vision grew to build a continuous high-standard pathway on public land between Havelock and Picton, that included Anakiwa.
This would effectively extend the existing popular Queen Charlotte Track, and link it directly to Picton and the interisland ferries.
Work is progressing in stages, with individual sections of pathway being opened as they are completed.
Go to the Link Pathway Facebook Page

2. Queen Charlotte Track, Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
Gorgeous coastal views, the stunning Marlborough Sounds, and native bush – the Queen Charlotte Track is utterly unique. Combining the best of New Zealand walking and biking with a seamless network of cruise and pack transfers, resorts and lodges and great food and wine, whether you’re here for one day or five, the Queen Charlotte Track is brilliant every day.
This 71km coastal walking track stretches from historic Ship Cove to Anakiwa. With views of the Queen Charlotte and Keneperu Sounds it works in a unique partnership between the Department of Conservation (DOC), Marlborough District Council and private landowners.
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3. Boat trips and Excursions on the Marlborough Sounds

Beachcomber offer a variety of scenic cruises, which include The Mail Boat on the Marlborough Sounds…

Operating from Monday to Saturday, no one day is the same as the route changes daily covering a different area delivering the Mail. People often ask what the best day to go is, or what route we like the best, but each mail route has its own highlights.
Sit back and relax, take in our skippers amazing wealth of knowledge as they provide an interesting and informative commentary. The Mail Boat vessel Matua presents excellent viewing areas and is the most comfortable way of cruising and taking in the vista of the waterways of the Queen Charlotte Sounds. Keep your camera handy for any wildlife encounters!
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4. Kayaking the Sounds

With 1500km of coastline to explore, stretching from just north of Kaikoura to the tip of d’Urville Island, the Marlborough Sounds is a truly remarkable sea kayaking destination.
What makes your sea kayaking experience in the Marlborough Sounds different to other parts of New Zealand? The climate for a start – here at the top of the South Island, visitors can enjoy a generally settled year round climate with many more paddling days available than in other sea kayaking destinations around the country.
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5. Dophin Swimming
Swim with Wild Dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds
Join us on New Zealand’s best dolphin swimming experience in the shimmering, flat waters of the scenic Marlborough Sounds.
Swimming with wild dolphins is a genuine bucket list activity – we never get tired of seeing the joy and wonder on the faces of our swimmers!
We’ll be searching for Dusky, Bottlenose, Common, Orca and the rare Hector’s dolphins that frequent this unique area.

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Top 5 things to do in Paihia during the Summer

  1. Boat cruise or sailing trip in the scenic Bay of Islands

Cruise around the Bay of Islands to the famous hole in the rock, take a walk or swim on Urupukapuka Island, learn about the history of the area and spot some of the abundant marine life.  Alternatively take a leisurely sail to one of the beautiful islands, explore remote sandy beaches and swim in pristine blue water. 

  1. View or swim with the Dolphins

Explore the picturesque Bay of Islands in search of dolphins, whales and other marine life. Spend time interacting with these exquisiite sea mammals whether swimming or watching them from the vessel with expert guides providing informative facts.  

  1. Explore historic Russell, the Hellhole of the pacific. 

Take the passenger ferry or walk (4 to 5 hours) to this historic township.  Climb up flagstaff hill for the fabulous view, delight in the heritage tour of Pompelier house, visit the Russell museum or spend time enjoying the waves at beautiful Long Beach.  

  1. Experience the birthplace of our Nation at Waitangi Treaty Grounds and/or walk to Haruru Falls

Embark on the informative guided tour, be entertained at the cultural performance, and spend time in the award wining museum “Te Kongahu”. After a bite to the eat in the Whare Waka cafe, take a leisurely afternoon stroll along the lush green river banks to Haruru Falls.  

  1. Day excursion to the magical Cape Reinga 

After a walk around Puketi Forest to see the majestic kauri trees, you will drive along the white sandy beaches of 90 mile beach, surf the massive sand dunes and visit the famous lighthouse with spectacular views of the two oceans.  Finish your day with inconic fish and chips on your way home.  




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Top 5 Things to do in Wanaka during Summer

Roys Peak walk – a #NZMustDO this half day walk will give you magnificent views of Wanaka, the lake and Southern Alps. (though closed from October 1st – 31st, Isthmus Peak is alternative option with less crowds and just as spectacular views)

Skiing and Snowboarding Cardrona, Treble ConeSnow Farm & Soho Basin– four of NZ’s best ski options within a 45 minute drive of the town centre. (closing dates due to lack of crowds in September, but not for snow September 25th to October 10th for the season).

Enjoy the outdoors. Wanaka is home to the outdoors all year round, whether its mountain biking, running, walking, paddle boarding, kayaking, tramping, even shopping for your outdoor gear etc in the spring

Cinema Paradiso at night. take a break from travelling. 3 screen, state of the art, classic movie theatre located in Wanaka is a real find. Comfy old sofas, an old Morris Minor or two, a cafe and bar

#thatwanakatree Known as the “lone tree of lake Wanaka,” it is said to be one of the most photographed trees in all New Zealand. Update your social profile pic. Its difficult to visit Lake Wanaka and not take the gentle walk along the lakeside to this iconic photo destination  

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