If you’re looking for a route from Picton to Christchurch, I definitely recommend the Coastal Pacific Train. It will take more time than flying but its less expensive and you’ll see some spectacular mountain and ocean views, possibly some seals and definitely some sheep. A lot of sheep, actually.
Some of the photos aren’t the best, a consequence of shooting from a moving train.
Picton is a one-horse town; its quaint, the views from the harbour and hillsides are striking and their pie shoppe, Picton Village Bakkerji, makes some of the best pies around. Its also a convenient launching point for wine tours of the Marlborough region and the starting point for the Coastal Pacific Train.
You can take a flight from the North to the South island of New Zealand. That might be a bit quicker but you will miss the experience of traveling by ferry; the rear-view of Wellington and the approaching views of Picton, the arrival point in South Island, are noteworthy. InterIslander’s “Aratere”, the ferry we took across, was extremely comfortable and well-stocked. We appreciated that our new-found obsession with ciders was supported on board.
Upper | Aratere Ferry
Lower | Wellington, rear-view
Above | North to South Island Views, and the world’s best Apple Cider
Above | Arriving in Picton