Picton, New Zealand – More than a port town

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I’ve been told that Picton, New Zealand is nothing more than a port town. Nothing is there and only exists to receive the ferry. Even when I looked up actual information and not just hearsay from fellow backpackers, it all seemed to say the same thing. Nothing but a port town unless you like long hikes through mountainous forest.

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My Converse are the closest thing I have to a hiking shoe so long rocky terrain treks through the bush wasn’t really on my agenda. But because I am super paranoid about missing buses (or any other form of transportation), I decided I would spend the night in Picton before catching a bus out to Nelson.

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To my surprise and contrary to what everyone had said, Picton was a wonderful place. Completely picturesque (as is a lot of New Zealand to be honest). Picton was a cute town even without the natural beauty that surrounds it. There are patterns in the stone walkways and small shops line the streets.

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Even though the town was cute itself, it really is the natural beauty that steals the show. Like I said I wasn’t going to go off on the long trails through Marlborough Sound but there were some shorter trails beside the town. I took the Bob’s Bay Track which only takes about 30 minutes. It follows the water leading away from town back towards the Cook Strait. It ends at a little beach where you can forget that there is any kind of civilization nearby. I honestly wish I knew that there was a beach at the end, I would’ve brought my swimsuit.

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I think it’s cases like this that I’m glad I don’t always listen to people when they tell me about a place. I would have never gotten to know or enjoy Picton if I listened to what others said. I loved Picton and thought about going back for a weekend trip while living in Wellington. If you want my opinion, definitely stop off in Picton on your way between New Zealand’s North Island and South Island.

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