Private Shore Excursion:Explore Marlborough Wine And Scenic Delights From Picton

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    10:00 AM
  • Departure Details :
    Picton i-SITE Visitor Information Centre, The Foreshore, Picton 7220, New Zealand
    Traveler pickup is offered
    We will be at the steps of the Picton Visitors Centre with a signboard with your name.. read more
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    This activity is non-refundable Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Relax with the flexibility of your exclusive tour of the Marlborough wine region. Taste sensational wines and partake of some of themost 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 I Site car park near the vehicle to take you on a scenic journey through to Blenheim and thefamous wine region.Savour our local cuisine in a winery garden caf 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 withflexible drop off to suit your ships scheduled departure.


  • Private tour is operated with just your party and a guide/driver
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Private guide for a more personalized experience
  • Flexibility to customize your itinerary to your own preferences
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Know More about this tour

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/guides 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 artists 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 Jacksons 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.

Checkingin 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 six seats to suit the single traveler, couples or friends.

Your chauffeur/guide is a local owner who has great passion for Marlborough and would look forward to sharing it with you.



Transport by air-conditioned minivan

Round-trip shuttle bus service between the ship and the departure point

Wine tasting

Chocolate tasting

Bottled water

Entry/Admission - Marlborough Sounds


Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)

Lunch at own cost due to varying appetites

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Cut off time for booking has been set for 12 hours prior to tour departure. Due to advance bookings being required for additional activities. However booking is flexible up to an hour prior to tour departure.

Minimum drinking age is 18 years

At time of booking, Cruise ship passengers must provide the following information at time of booking: ship name, docking time, disembarkation time and re-boarding time

Your tour guide provides a 6 seat vehicle for smaller private groups.

Worry-free Shore Excursion: We will ensure your excursion ends with ample time for you to return to the Picton Port for your ships departure. In the extreme unlikely event your ship has departed, we will arrange for transportation to the next port-of-call. If your ship is delayed and you are unable to attend this activity, your money will be refunded. See our terms and conditions for full details.

Wheelchair accessible

Stroller accessible

Service animals allowed

Near public transportation

Infant seats available

Transportation is wheelchair accessible

Most travelers can participate

This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

Face masks required for travelers in public areas

Face masks required for guides in public areas

Face masks provided for travelers

Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff

Social distancing enforced throughout experience

Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas

Gear/equipment sanitized between use

Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Guides required to regularly wash hands

Regular temperature checks for staff

Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Your guide will offer health and safety briefing before getting out of the vehicle at each venue or activity as they could have specific requirements that this guide will apply. If possible we will all stay together in our social distancing group and sanitiser will be taken with us at all times.

Traveler Reviews

  • 23-Jan-2020

    Awesome sunny day of wine and food with Pamela. Great wines and food on this tour. We arrived early and were whisked away on an escorted tour of the Marlborough wine region. Pamela stretched the day perfect and we hoped on the second to last shuttle to the docks. Great value for a private tour compared to cruise line options costing about the same for a bus tour.

  • 19-Dec-2019

    In all honesty, we cannot be certain of the name of the wasn't the effects of too much wine... we simply did not realise they offered so many tours. What we wanted was a local tour operator from Picton, where we were on a cruise ship, to take us around a range of Marlborough vineyards and to see the wonderful scenery...but not in a big group coach....and to be back in time to rejoin our ship..... We got precisely what we asked for. We visited St Clair, Cloudy Bay and Forrest cellar doors and our price included a good tasting at each location. We also visited VInes Village cafe and road-stop complex ,for a non-included lunch stop, the Makana chocolate factory and still had time for a scenic tour....and got back nicely in time for the shuttle back to the ship All this, coupled with an informative clear speaking local driver who was considerate to each passenger, (despite some language issues wit hour fellow guests - overall a really good trip and one we will repeat when next in Picton. Hope this helps.

  • 31-Mar-2018

    Great private tour for two. Good wineries, lunch, photo opps, the works. Absolutely worth doing.

  • 31-Mar-2018

    Great private tour for two. Good wineries, lunch, photo opps, the works. Absolutely worth doing.

  • 30-Nov-2017

    Had a great day with Larissa who showed us fantastic scenery, lovely beaches along the Queen Charlotte Drive. We had the famous green lip mussels in the Captain's Daughter in Havlock. Before returning to the ship we tasted some delicious cheese. Terrific! The cruise ship tours can't compare.