New Zealand….Day 16 Picton

The weather when we were in Picton was beautiful so the photos make it look like it was paradise. We were in Picton for one night before catching the Interislander ferry to Wellington.

Picton is one of the main towns in the Marlborough region and although small has a lot to do. We only had limited time in the town because we were going to spend the next day in Blenheim. When we arrived we checked in to our apartment then went for a walk around the town. We found a walking tour brochure at the visitor centre and decided to follow it to familiarise ourselves with the town. I love just getting out and walking wherever I go. It’s the best way to get a feel for a town. The tour took us to approximately nine different points mainly centred around the foreshore.

The first place we went past was the Edwin Fox a ship that first came to Australia carrying passengers but was soon put into service as a convict transporter to West Australia. It then carried immigrants from Australia to New Zealand. Nowadays the ship is in such a delicate state it cannot be moved. We walked past it to get back to the foreshore. While we were there we also checked how to get to the Interislander terminal which is only a few hundred metres away.

I could have sat and watched the comings and goings on the water for hours. It was warm, sunny and so relaxing. If you like adventure activities there are also plenty in the area such as walking the Queen Charlotte Track. While we were walking we could see one of the Interislander Ferries coming in from Wellington. We watched that for a while to get an idea of what we would be doing tomorrow.

After completing the walk we walked back to our apartment before going out again to Seamus’s Irish Bar. It’s a small, dark pub that has a really nice atmosphere and great menu. The owners wanted to build a true Irish bar after seeing so many that were based on an Irish concept rather than the real thing. There are cosy booths to sit in and enjoy and beer and a meal and the bar is decorated with lots of dark wood and memorabilia. It certainly gave a great atmosphere.

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