Relax with the flexibility of your exclusive tour of the Marlborough wine region. Taste sensational wines and partake of some of the most delicious gourmet treats. Enjoy the wineries or mix and match the day with exciting options.
From the Port of Picton your local chauffeur/guide will meet you at the Picton Visitors Centre near the vehicle to take you on a scenic journey through to Blenheim and the famous wine region. Savour our local cuisine in a winery garden café or enjoy a wine with a cheese, meat, seafood platter overlooking our stunning Wairau Valley. Later, visit a chocolate boutique.
Ride with peace of mind with flexible drop off to suit your ships scheduled departure.
This tour has been created due to the demand for larger but small personal groups of a maximum of 11. A comfortable 11 seat Mini Tour Van is provided for your pleasure.
The Port of Picton in the Queen Charlotte Sound welcomes cruise ships through-out the season. Just 25 minutes south of Picton your local chauffeur/guide takes you on a scenic journey to enjoy the famous Marlborough wines. Your personal tour offers great flexibility to combine your favourite requests with your chauffeur/guide’s recommendations of the area. Enjoy a full wine tour experience or mix with other Marlborough gourmet and local attractions.
On arrival into the Blenheim countryside of the Wairau Valley you can start tasting some sensational wines before a relaxing break for brunch, lunch or afternoon refreshment (at your own cost) applicable to your ships schedule.
A popular choice could be a light tapas platter of mouth-watering cheese, meats and seafood with matching wines at a picturesque winery spot or while you overlook the Valley views of vineyards and the surrounding landscapes.
More wine tasting could follow or try some of our local gourmet oils, liqueurs, local cheeses, garlic noir, peanut butters, Manuka honey or a refreshing gelato.
Your itinerary could vary depending on some of the options you choose on the day. Some exciting options you could consider could be a visit to an award winning garden, a visit to a renowned local artist’s personal gallery, a visit to another small artisan gallery and the opportunity to see and cuddle pet sheep. You could also choose a visit to the Omaka Air Museum to view Peter Jackson’s classic air plane displays or a helicopter ride over the Wairau Valley and Tasman Bays (subject to availability on the day).
A must stop is the Makana Boutique Chocolate Confections – a tasty treat not to be missed.
Some activities will be subject to availability on the day if not pre-booked and any entry fees may be payable to the organizer on the day.
Checking in advance on available options once your booking is confirmed would be recommended so advance bookings could be made for you.
Once back in Picton you may like to take in the breath-taking views overlooking the Port of Picton, Queen Charlotte Sound and your ship.
You will travel in a comfortable vehicle of up to eleven seats.
Please advise in advance if you require a baby or booster seat for your child and how many. These need to be booked in advance.
New Zealand transport laws require all children to use a booster seat up to the height of 147 cm in the type of vehicle that is provided for you.
Your chauffeur/guide is a local owner who has great passion for Marlborough and would look forward to sharing it with you.