For many of our guests, after they have visited the beautiful Abel Tasman they are travelling to other interesting destinations in the area including Picton & West Coast. To help you plan your trip we have personally prepared some useful directions and additional information.


Picton is a busy entry and exit point for the South Island. The drive time from Marahau is about three hours. It’s pretty well signposted once you reach Nelson (coming from Marahau).

At the town of Havelock you need to decide
1) if you would like scenic and very pretty, windy road (and we mean it!) or,
2) a flat, straight (slightly less pretty) road via lots of wineries option.

For more detail click on the image below Directions to Picton & West Coast


The landscapes change and the weather becomes a little more ‘interesting’, but the West Coast is a very pretty part of New Zealand.

They say it has about 1% of New Zealand’s population in the region. That’s not a lot of people

The attached notes, available by clicking on the image below, might be helpful as people may be illusive (ok, we are joking)!!!

Directions to Picton & West Coast