Picton Township

Picton

Picton Township

Hitting the beach is number one on the classic kiwi holiday bucket list and in Auckland, we are lucky to have a lot of beautiful beaches to choose from. From the secluded, windswept black sand beaches of the West Coast through to the golden sands and sometimes more urban beaches on the East Coast there is something for everyone.

Being surrounded by water, most Auckland beaches are within easy driving distance. Whether you are heading out to do a bit of fishing, surfing, swimming, sea kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding or just looking for a great coffee, the beaches of Auckland have it all.

Need a quick rundown of the best beaches North of Auckland for swimming, water activities, and more? Take a look below for our top picks of beaches within an hour’s drive from Auckland.

Historic Buildings

Picton is full of characterful historic buildings, such as this pub built right on the waterfront of the Picton township. Enjoy a walk around this small but charming town, with many historic places to see, many now inhabited by flourishing local shops and cafes.

Picton Foreshore

The quaint seaside town of Picton lies at the top of the South Island in the Marlborough region, and is the gateway for ferries heading across Cook Straight to Wellington. This gives it a rich maritime culture and facilities. The foreshore of Picton is well groomed with grass and palm trees forming a tidy garden space, with benches and walks all along the shoreline. The beach itself is sandy and golden, making it a great place for paddling and swimming.

Picton Travel Gear hire is available if you would like to take off onto the water in a kayak or pedal boat, or you can book a cruise on a larger vessel to take you round some of the bays that litter the Marlborough Sounds. Back on land, you’re only a short walk from the Picton town centre, filled with trendy cafes and eateries for you to have some lunch and relax.

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Contact

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Contact

If you have any questions or need help or advice about rental cars or your New Zealand travel plans we’re here to help you. Please contact us

New Zealand Free Phone: 0800 800 956

Australian Free Phone: 1800 771 302

Other international enquiries. Find your nearest New Zealand rental cars branch.