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Getting to Picton

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I need to arrive in Picton on a particular day to walk the Queen Charlotte Track. There are a few choices about how to get there and I wonder whether you have an opinion about which is best. Ideally, I'd like to visit Marlborough Sounds, Abel Tasman National Park, Marlborough wine region and maybe Hamner Springs within two weeks if I can. Travelling March/April.

Fly into Wellington and take the ferry. The only problem I can see with this is if the weather is dodgy (I get seasick). If I prepurchase ferry tickets, do you know if they can be exchanged for another day? Is there a possibility that the ferry could be cancelled?

Fly into Christchurch and drive. I could go via Kaikoura or via Murchinson (in which case I'd take a few days over this). Have looked at train but it leaves at 7am, meaning I have to overnight in Christchurch. Prefer to not be on a bus for 5hrs.

Fly into Queenstown, spend a couple of days and then fly to Nelson. I've been to Queenstown before, albeit more than 20 years ago. I'm thinking that Wellington might be more interesting than Queenstown, if less scenic.

Tough choice, right?! I suspect there's no right answer but if you've any views, would love to hear them. Thanks!

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