If you are going somewhere after your ferry trip from Wellington to Picton it is the charming city Nelson. A place embossed with neighbourship, good coffee and people walking barefoot on the streets during summer.
To appreciate the views over undulating mountains you do not have to go far. A short spirling walk up to the Centre of New Zealand Monument will give you an amazing start of your day. From the Centre of New Zealand you can continue on other trails, favorably running, down to Branford park and end with a swim in the Black hole in the Maitai river.
From Nelson there are also multiple National parks and possibilities for dreamy views. One of the top places to go is Abel Tasman National Park, where you can do both one or several days of hiking or kayaking. It is always easy to find a guided one if you want to. Another one is Nelson Lakes National Parks, where you can choose the level and length of the adventure, but still have an amazing time.
This is also the place for peanut butter lovers. A bike ride or short car ride away you find Pic's Peanut factory, where you learn about the company's history and can even make your own peanut butter.