Closest to Brumabell Bed and Breakfast (a mere 2 minutes from the doorway) is the Tirohanga - a beautiful walk with views of Picton and the Queen Charlotte Sounds, aproximately 45 minutes each way. At the summit you have the choice of returning the same way or dropping over into Essons Valley.
Two further walks can be started from Essons Valley, one which takes you to the lower Humphries dam and the other to the upper Barnes dam. These walks take approximately 40 minutes each.
Victoria Domain Tracks
The Snout is an extensive walk approximately three and a half hours covering most of the short walks mentioned below through native bush in places. this walk ends at the headland. This provides panoramic views of the Queen Charlotte Sounds. There are various short walks from Picton Foreshore and can be incorporated in the Snout trail: Shelley Beach - 10 minutes via Coathanger Bridge, Bobs Bay – lower and upper tracks – 30 minutes harbour view –20 minutes.
For the more adventurous traveller the Queen Charlotte Track is what it's all about. This can be undertaken either guided or independently. Enjoy kayaking, walking or mountain biking with Wilderness Guides in Picton, who provide a full range of packages and services. Their office is right next to SoundsAir, near the train station.
For those interested in birdwatching, flora and fauna, there are quite a few options.
Driftwood Ecotours offer personalised ecotours, river valley walks, high country mountain tours and lagoon kayak trips, a definite must for birdwatchers. Will Parsons is a local, whose family has farmed in Marlborough for four generations. Will has a very interesting and entertaining blog, well worth a look. The whooping swans photo below is one of Will's.©Driftwood Ecotours
More locally Myths and Legends Ecotours offer a day tours out into the Marlborough Sounds on classic launch. You can explore Ship's Cove, Captain Cook's favourite anchorage. Hear the untold stories handed down from Maori who lived here and traded with Cook and his men, while Pete relays to you the uncut version of the history of Captain Cook! Photo left ©Myths and Legends Ecotours
Saunter through Evolve:The Gallery's light and airy gallery showcasing the artwork and photography of local photographer Richard Briggs and other New Zealand artists. You will also be tempted by Evolve's eccletic range of furniture, clothing and jewellery.
Check out the Edwin Fox. Discover the fascinating history of the Edwin Fox, the worlds 9th oldest ship.
Now on permanent display in Picton, New Zealand.
Learn all about her fascinating round the world adventures and her checkered history from troop carrier to immigrant ship, even convict transporter.
Open Daily 9am Dunbar Wharf, Picton Foreshore
Ph: +64 (0)3 573 6868 E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Le Café, (café, restaurant and bar) has a wonderful view overlooking the iconic palms at the foreshore, and the sparkling waters of the Marlborough Sounds, where occasionally in the winter, you may even spot dolphins whilst enjoying your mochaccino. Hosting some of New Zealand's foremost musicians like the Hot Grits, The Warratahs, Anna Coddington, Tim Guy, Paul Ubana Jones and many others, Le Café is a local haunt.
Gusto is also a restaurant of note on the High Street, small and intimate with great food.
If you wish to either walk or drive out to the beautiful Waikawa Bay Marina, Spinnaker Restaurant has fabulous views out over the marina and is great place to soak up the sun.
The Picton Information Centre : 520 3113
Picton Marlborough - the juice on Picton: local web directory showcasing Picton and the Marlborough Sounds