For most people it's a mere point of transit from or to the South/North Island, but Picton actually has quite a lot to offer itself. Set on the shores of the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound, it is surrounded by some of the best walking tracks in New Zealand. It is also a convenient base for exploring the surrounding wine country. All tour companies that are based in the bigger towns in Marlborough will pick up clients at Picton hostels as well. There are also some sights in town itself that make whiling away a day (even a rainy one) really easy. It's not a party place at all (there is a bar somewhere though). Picton offers a good choice of eating places, all in the budget or medium price range. There's also a huge supermarket right in the town centre.
There is a decent range of Picton hostels, despite the town's size. There are a few right in the town centre or toward the ferry piers and another two more a few hundred metres away from the main road. For those driving their own vehicle, the further flung ones might actually be more convenient due to lack of parking space in the town centre. Picton hostels seem to share the same vibe. They're all cute, small, well kept, and colorful. A lot of backpackers find themselves staying a lot longer than they initially planned due to the nice feel in these places. Most of the places offer free transport to and from the ferries. Often -- especially in winter -- a lot of the hostels have even more freebies to give away. There might be free nightly chocolate pudding or apple pie, free internet, or free breakfast waiting!
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