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Built around a very sheltered harbor, this picturesque seaside town has an attractive seafront dotted with cafés, galleries, a floating maritime museum and aquarium. This town, named after a military officer killed at the battle of Waterloo, offers a wide range of activities and is one of Celebrity Cruises’ newest ports of call. Here you can enjoy sea kayaking, whale watching, swimming with dolphins, viewing penguin colonies in their natural habitat, or visiting some of the best wineries and vineyards in this country. While wildlife abounds, interestingly there are no natural four-legged animals and no snakes here. Bats are the only indigenous mammal. The first non-flying animals were brought here by settlers over 700 years ago.
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If you guessed Picton, New Zealand, you were right! Picton is a quaint town located in the Marlborough region in the northern portion of New Zealand’s south island, a 3.5 hour ferry ride across Cook Strait to the capital city of Wellington on the tip of New Zealand’s north island. The town of Picton was named after Lieutenant-General James Picton, an associate of the Duke of Wellington.
Nestled at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, Picton is possibly New Zealand’s most pretty seaside town and one of Celebrity Cruises’ newest ports of call. Boasting one fifth of New Zealand’s coastline at its door and the best climate in New Zealand, elevates the charming little fishing village of Picton into a world class destination for visitors to Marlborough.
Seafood is cooked simply here and world class wines produced in Marlborough’s world famous wine region are very much on the menu. Independent restaurants owned by passionate foodies serving internationally influenced dishes can be found alongside traditional Kiwi eateries serving hot pies, ’ fush n chups’ and custard squares.
The Marlborough Sounds are full of amazing marine life featuring 5 species of dolphin including Hector’s Dolphin, the smallest dolphin in the world, found only in the waters around New Zealand. Adult dolphins average about five feet in length, so they are smaller than most adult humans. They prefer shallow water and so don’t usually stray far out into the sea. Also visible in Picton are Orca and Hump Back whales, Fur Seals, Blue Penguins, rare birds and other beautiful animals. The sounds are often called paradise by the locals and when you explore them you realize why. The Marlborough Sounds are truly one of the earth’s most beautiful water landscapes.