Picton Day Trips & Scenic Drives

Picton is the ideal base from which to explore the upper region of the South Island, including the wonderful, scenic Marlborough Sounds. On this page you’ll find a handy guide to some of the best Picton day trips that you can enjoy in your car rental from NZ Rent A Car.

Picton To Kaikoura

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Stunning vistas await when you visit Kaikoura

One of the best scenic drive routes out of Picton will see you winding up in the seaside town of Kaikoura. Famous for its whale watching, which underpins much of the local economy, as well as the opportunity to view mighty seals and other coastal wildlife, Kaikoura is a popular tourist destination in its own right. You will also be able to sample the best of fresh seafood, and explore great boutique stores. If your South Island travels are taking you down the east coast towards Christchurch, then the scenic drive from Picton to Kaikoura is well worth your time.

Queen Charlotte Drive

One of the most popular Picton scenic drives will take you along a stunning route from Picton to Havelock. With your trusty car from NZ Rent A Car Picton, you’ll enjoy a winding road that takes you through sleepy bays and and gorgeous native forest. Make sure your camera is charged; you’ll be making a lot of stops! The total length of the drive is just over 40km, making it easily doable in half a day (including photo stops).

Picton To Blenheim

The short (25 minute) drive from Picton to Blenheim still treats you to some fantastic scenery and photo opportunities. If you’re staying in Picton, then a day trip to Blenheim is one of the best ways to keep the family entertained. You can enjoy a bunch of great activities and things to do, as well as soak up some classic Kiwi scenery on the drive.

Picton To St Arnaud

Although this route isn’t perhaps as exciting as the Queen Charlotte Drive, you’ll be rewarded for your patience with the chance to explore Lake Rotoiti and the quaint village of St Arnaud (which was formerly known as Rotoiti). If you’re prone to sandfly bites, then bring some repellant as Lake Rotoiti is notorious as a harbouring ground for these pesky critters. However, if you’re looking for a great place to use as a base from which to explore the Nelson Lakes region, then you’ll want to head down to St Arnaud from Picton.

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