Picton is the town in the north of the south island of New Zealand where the ferry leaves to the north island. We arrived there a bit early for the ferry to have time to run off some steam before the approximately 3 hour ferry ride (the ferry was big enough for kids to strech their legs in too, had comfy lounges and there was a fantastic magician to entertain kids and parents. We just didn’t know that). We felt lucky we happened to arrive early in Picton where we had a lovely morning!
The shore was beautiful in the sunshine, there was a big playground, a little paddle pool, a minigolf that looked like fun but also eg the opportunity to rent kayaks, which we contemplated for a while. But then we opted for a few very affordable opportunities not found everywhere: the little railway kids could have a ride on for 20 cents, and playing with sailing boats in an own pool, rent also 20 cents. The merry-go-round cost 3 dollars per child.
After this we were ready for an Iced chocolate at one of the lovely cafes before boarding the ferry.