Picton is a town in the Marlborough region of New Zealand
. It is close to the head of Queen Charlotte Sound near the north-east corner of the South Island. The population was 2,928 in the 2006 Census, a decrease of 72 from 2001. The town is named after Sir Thomas Picton, the Welsh military associate of the Duke of Wellington, who was killed at the Battle of Waterloo.
Inter-island ferries to and from Wellington arrive and depart here by way of the Marlborough Sounds. Most of the sheltered part of the route is through Tory Channel, south of Arapawa Island. The township of Waikawa
is a couple of minutes' drive from Picton, practically part of the same town. Waikawa has one of the largest marinas in New Zealand. Combined with Waikawa's population of 1,158 people, Picton's urban population is around 4,086. Making it the 2nd largest town in Marlborough after Blenheim which is 28 km to the south of Picton.