Marlborough, New Zealand
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  • Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise from Picton

    1. Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise from Picton

    Climb aboard the only official licensed New Zealand Post Rural Delivery Service by water in the Queen Charlotte Sound for a truly unique and interesting tour! Join in the excitement of Mail Day as the skipper delivers the New Zealand Rural post bags, groceries and freight to the residents that call the Queen Charlotte Sound waterways home. The Mail has been delivered by boat for over 150 years in the Queen Charlotte Sounds. Admire Marlborough Sounds' magnificent scenery and take a glimpse into daily life in the remote outposts of this region. Operating from Monday to Saturday, no one day is the same. The route changes daily, covering a different area and delivering the mail. During your cruise your skipper will provide interesting and informative commentary on the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the people who lived there then and now. Feel free to ask questions and keep your cam...

    Absolutely beautiful part of the world. With a captain that was very informative

  • From Havelock: Marlborough Sounds Mail Boat Full-Day Cruise

    2. From Havelock: Marlborough Sounds Mail Boat Full-Day Cruise

    Embark on a truly unique marine experience on a Kiwi mail boat cruise. See what it’s like to deliver mail in a remote part of the world by sea in the Marlborough Sounds on a full-day cruise. Set sail on the Pelorus Mail Boat, which has been operating for more than a century. As a sea postie for a day, cruise through the largest, quietest and most remote part of the Marlborough Sounds, Pelorus (Te Hoiere) Sound, and Kenepuru Sound. Relax on the spacious catamaran between mail, parcel, and supply deliveries and pick-ups. Marvel at the stunning scenery of clear blue water in tranquil coves and bush-clad hillsides. Weather-permitting, even get to take a sneak peek at Greenshell Mussel Farm on an informative tour. Meet some of the residents who await the Pelorus Mail Boat on far-flung jetties, unspoilt beaches, or even on their boats. Even meet a variety of 4-footed furry residents who ac...

    Probably best in the summer time on a flat day Captain and assistant were fantastic

  • From Picton: Private Wine and Gourmet Tour of Marlborough

    3. From Picton: Private Wine and Gourmet Tour of Marlborough

    Create your perfect day in the Marlborough wine region on a 6-hour tour priced for a group of up to 6 people. Your chauffeur/guide will help you pick the best spots to enjoy the fantastic wines of Marlborough and peaceful vineyard settings. You’ll be taken on an exciting wine and gourmet experience on this private day tour from Picton. Enjoy stunning views of the Marlborough wine region and taste fine wines and delicious gourmet treats. Your interests are the priority for the day and might include visits to award-winning gardens, local producers, and talented local artisans. Your tour is tailored especially for you. If you’re interested in history, you could enjoy a stop at the Heritage Air Museum to see Peter Jackson's amazing classic aircraft displays. If you’re interested in arts and crafts, you can stop meet a local artist and visit a renowned gallery. Additional highlights could...

  • Marlborough Sounds and Ship Cove Cruise from Picton

    4. Marlborough Sounds and Ship Cove Cruise from Picton

    Navigate the magnficent waterways of Marlborough Sounds on a morning boat tour, departing from the Picton waterfront. Cruise up through the Queen Charlotte Sound to historical Ship Cove. Warm up with tea and coffee and listen to live commentary on regional historical and natural landmarks. Keep a lookout for marine life such as little blue penguins and Hector’s dolphins — considered the rarest marine dolphin in the world. After about an hour’s journey, your boat drops anchor at Ship Cove. Step ashore for 30 minutes and discover the inlet named by Captain James Cook on 15 January 1770. The Endeavour was anchored here to replenish supplies and the spot became a favourite anchorage of Captain Cook. Dabble in the creek where Captain Cook made home brew for his crew and share the beach with the resident wildlife. Have your photo taken beside the Captain Cook Monument commemorating his visit...

    Great trip to do, the skipper was very knowledgeable and friendly. The boast is very spacious and comfortable and accommodates various tour options

  • Picton Self-Guided Audio Tour

    5. Picton Self-Guided Audio Tour

    Download a vibrant MP3 self-guided audio tour combined with a fully detailed map of the area of your tour. Enjoy the beautiful and serene area of Picton, where you will learn about the history of how the town was formed on the site of a former Māori settlement and where the Whaling Stations were located. In this audio tour, you will walk through the tranquil and recently renovated Picton Foreshore, and take in the amazing views of the seaside community. You will also see the Edwin Fox, the Whaling Harpoon, the Quay, the Victoria Doman, the War memorial Archway and the Sennen House. Picton is a lively yet peaceful city full of eclectic architecture and quirky features. 

  • Picton: Marlborough Wineries & Hotspots Hop-on Hop-off Tour

    6. Picton: Marlborough Wineries & Hotspots Hop-on Hop-off Tour

    Enjoy the flexibility of exploring Marlborough at your own pace without the stress of wondering where to go. Spend more time exploring with the conveniently organized transportation of this hop-on hop-off tour.  Sit back and relax on a comfortable coach as your knowledgeable driver prepares you with all the information needed for a fantastic day out.  Visit popular attractions and local gems in Marlborough, including museums, breweries, restaurants, activity centers, shopping areas, and of course, some of the best breweries and wineries in the region.  Jump on and off as you please, visiting as many destinations as you like and choosing your duration of stay at each spot.

  • Marlborough: The Hobbit Kayak Tour

    7. Marlborough: The Hobbit Kayak Tour

    Kayak down the scenic Pelorus River in the Marlborough Region on a 4-hour guided tour that will take you through unforgettable natural landscapes and across locations used for the filming of the second Hobbit movie, "The Desolation of Smaug". Start the tour in the historic township of Havelock and take a short 20-minute drive up the Pelorus River Valley to a private farm enabling access to the Pelorus River. Board your kayak and begin your river adventure, listening along the way as your guide tells the history of the gold and timber industries. Experience the river’s warm and crystal clear waters. See the film locations of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug and learn behind the scenes secrets of the filming process.  Feel the thrill of various small rapids (grade 2) and admire the ancient forest, listening to the native bird song and the gentle lap of the crystal water as you drift...

    An enjoyable trip and easy level with great guide Callum! Some lovely views too! Thank you.

  • Marlborough Half-Day Wine Tour from Blenheim

    8. Marlborough Half-Day Wine Tour from Blenheim

    Discover the flavors of Marlborough on a half-day small-group tour. Be picked up from your Blenheim accommodation and travel through the scenic beauty of the Marlborough vineyards. Collection from Picton is available at a small surcharge per group. Relax in a luxury minibus as your guide shares insight into the region’s history and world famous wines. You will visit five cellar doors on this tour from famous internationally branded cellar doors to boutique family-run wineries. Requests for particular wineries will be accommodated where possible.  Stroll through a vineyard with your guide. Learn about the region’s unique conditions and the challenges wine makers must overcome. A table for lunch at a cellar door restaurant can be booked for you for an additional cost. Sample hand-made chocolates at the local Chocolate Factory. Your tour will end with your safe delivery back to your hotel...

    We had a great day touring the wineries with Mike. He knew exactly where to take us, and entertained us with some good stories, as well as lots of information about the wines. Highly recommended!

  • Marlborough Sounds: Full-Day Guided Kayak Tour with Lunch

    9. Marlborough Sounds: Full-Day Guided Kayak Tour with Lunch

    The day starts with a safety briefing and getting kitted up before heading down to the beach. Listen to a quick paddling introduction and then head out onto the water for the rest of the tour. The route is always flexible so the tour goes where the weather is best. Depending on how the group decides, there may be a chance to stop and stretch your legs or take a swim before continuing on to a pretty beach for a delicious picnic lunch. Upon landing at the beach, your guide will serve up some hot drinks. After lunch, work your way back towards the starting beach, all going well with a sea breeze at your back. Once back at the beach, you will de-kit and then head off on the rest of your adventure in New Zealand. Showers are available if needed (water dependent during the drier months).

  • Marlborough Wine, Gourmet and Scenic Tour from Blenheim

    10. Marlborough Wine, Gourmet and Scenic Tour from Blenheim

    Enjoy a gourmet tour of the Marlborough Region of New Zealand's South Island on an itinerary that can be customized to suit your interests. Visit wine cellars offering a variety of unique styles, and experience stunning landscapes that are a treat for the eyes.  Depart Blenheim at 10:00, and embark on a journey through the award-winning wines of the region. Meet the wine makers and exceptional hosts at wineries that stay open all year round for your convenience. Benefit from the services of a local chauffeur/guide with extensive knowledge of the region. Venture through the Wairau Valley, and fall in love with the wines as you experience new varietals. Get spectacular views of the rolling hills and see how they contrast with the vineyards, market gardens and farms. Stop for seasonal produce (December through February) of juicy strawberries, cherries, apricots and nectarines, along with ...

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What people are saying about Marlborough, New Zealand

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 13 reviews

Had a really great day, was easy going, Mike was very knowledgeable, he opened our eyes to the wine industry and although it rained all day we really enjoyed ourselves and would definitely recommend to others, drank some beautiful wines. Thanks Mike

We had a great day touring the wineries with Mike. He knew exactly where to take us, and entertained us with some good stories, as well as lots of information about the wines. Highly recommended!

Great trip to do, the skipper was very knowledgeable and friendly. The boast is very spacious and comfortable and accommodates various tour options

Great trip, commentary by the skipper was full of information. Definitely recommended

Absolutely beautiful part of the world. With a captain that was very informative