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Picton and Its Ships - Roadside Stories

Picton and Its Ships - Roadside Stories


State Highway 1, Picton, Marlborough Sounds

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the port of Picton. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

With the advent of roll-on, roll-off vehicle ferries across Cook Strait in 1962, Picton became a transport hub. The town is home to the hulk of the globe-trotting ship Edwin Fox, built in 1853 for the East India Company, and now preserved as part of a museum.

Cook Strait rail ferries,


The Edwin Fox,

Roll-on, roll-off ferry,

Cook and Foveaux Strait ferries,

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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