Welcome to sunny Picton, the gateway to the South Island and an NZ Campervan Hire adventure.
Hiring a campervan in Picton
Picton is a small New Zealand town with a population of less than 5,000 people. It’s a prime location as it is where you disembark from the Interislander Ferry that comes from the North Island’s Wellington, and it’s the perfect place to pick up a motorhome and start your campervan tour of the South Island. Motorhome Republic has 9 fleets to choose from in Picton, each with plenty of options such as sleepervans, large luxury motorhomes, and compact family RVs.
Things to do with your Picton motorhome rental
One of your first stops from Picton has to be Nelson, a gorgeous small town that is a picturesque two-hour drive from Picton. Check out the beaches, the kayaking, the hiking tracks, the biking trails and the shops full of hand-made local crafts.
Not far on from Nelson is the Abel Tasman National Park. This natural playground is where you will find one of the most stunning hiking tracks in the country - the Coastal Track. You can do a day walk or opt for the full trek and spend 3-5 days walking it. This is also where you will find the Harwoods Hole Track, which finishes at the deepest vertical shaft in New Zealand.
Kaiteriteri, less than three hours from Picton, is a small beach area and is considered by many to be New Zealand’s best beach.
Being such a sunny location, the top of the South Island is also internationally renowned for its wines. Try them yourself on the Marlborough Wine Trail, which starts only 30 minutes from Picton. There are countless cellar doors open for tasting some of the world’s finest wines.
Drive two hours down the wild east coastline of the South Island until you get to Kaikoura. Literally meaning ‘food crayfish’, this small seaside town is known for divine seafood and whale watching. If you are there in spring, do not miss a stop at Ohau Point, which you will pass on your way to Kaikoura. Follow the short walking track to a waterfall that is teeming with baby seals in late winter and early spring.
Hanmer Springs is less than four hours south of Picton and is the ideal spot for relaxation. The natural hot pools are open throughout the year, and this small town is full of great walking tracks and restaurants.
Further south in the heart of Canterbury is the Garden City of Christchurch, a great place for a campervan hire drop off or pick up.
Best times of year to visit Picton
No matter the time of year, Picton is a fantastic place to visit. The summer season begins in December and offers warm, dry days through to February, with many more in autumn after that. During this time, the lows rarely drop below 15 degrees Celsius, while the highs sit comfortably in the mid-20s.
June signals the arrival of winter when the mercury falls to around 7 degrees Celsius at its lowest, with highs of around 10 degrees. Once spring arrives in September, the temperature warms up again with minimums in the low teens.