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  1. New Zealand
  2. Marlborough, New Zealand
  3. Picton
  4. Day Trips

Onshore Highlights of Marlborough's Wine Region from Picton

Product ID: 108337
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From the Port of Picton, New Zealand, join a local chauffeur/guide on a scenic drive through to Blenheim and the famous Marlborough wine region. Taste the sensational wines and partake of some of the most tantalising gourmet treats.
About this activity
Duration 5 hours
Skip the ticket line
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English
Wheelchair accessible
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Savor the most sensational wines of the Marlborough Region
  • Taste the most tantalising gourmet treats of cheese, chocolate, oils, liqueurs and local Marlborough cuisine prepared by the best chefs
  • View the breath-taking scenic landscapes of the hill ranges, vineyards, sparkling Marlborough Sound and farmlets
  • Enjoy a small group experience with friendly personal service from your knowledgable local chauffeur guide
Full description
The Port of Picton in the Queen Charlotte Sound welcomes cruise ships throughout the season and it is a lovely seaside spot to explore. Just 25 minutes south of Picton, your tour takes you on a scenic journey to enjoy the famous Marlborough wine and gourmet region.

The most popular highlights of the day are wine tasting, sampling local gourmet treats and the spectacular scenic routes of the vineyards, Wairau Plains, mountain ranges and farmlands while traveling to and from the most beautiful winery gardens and cellar
doors.

Experience gourmet treats of cheese tasting, manuka honey, oils, liqueurs, a refreshing gelato or decadent fudge.

Seasonal produce is also available at roadside stalls from December through to February. You can take these aboard but must eat them before you disembark. Juicy strawberries, cherries, apricots and nectarines.

Although your cruise ship caters well for you, a light tapas or cheese/meat/seafood platter with matching wines is a great way to experience the local cuisine. Your local chauffeur/guide arranges a picturesque winery garden or a chateau high on a hill with magnificent views for your pleasure.

If time allows you can also request a stop at the Omaka Aviation Air Centre where you can view Peter Jackson’s amazing displays of his classic aircraft of WW1 and WW2.  The tour can continue and your chauffeur/guide will return for you to join the rest of the group within 1-2 hours. A fabulous memorabilia shop is also there for you along with delicious cafe treats.

Generally tours last around 4-5 hours but flexibility is given for each ships schedule and the tour caters for passengers comfort and requirements.  Travel in comfortable small personal vehicles of 6, 9 or 11 seats and will return at least 2 hours prior to your ship's scheduled departure.

Before leaving Blenheim you should visit the Makana Boutique Chocolate Confections – a treat not to be missed.

For a highlight to end a wonderful day when you arrive back in Picton, why not take advantage of a short 15 minute return drive from the township to the Victoria Domain for high vantage views of Picton Port, Queen Charlotte Sound and your ship.

Your local chauffeur/guide is a local owner who has great passion for the Marlborough region and looks forward to sharing it all with you. 
Includes
  • Bottled water
  • All basic wine tasting fees
  • Complimentary chocolates
  • Gift
What’s Not Included
  • Meals and drinks
  • Additional event fees

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point

Please meet your guide at the Picton I Site in the car park near the vehicle 15 minutes prior to tour start time. Free bus shuttles will bring you to the Picton Visitors Centre car park. Your chauffeur will have a signboard at the vehicle or please look out for them at the bus stop first.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport or ID card
  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Sunscreen
Not allowed
  • Pets
Know before you go
Minimum drinking age 18+.

Please advise on any special dietary requirements.
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