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

  • Marlborough Full Day Wine Tour

    3. Marlborough Full Day Wine Tour

    You will be collected from your Blenheim hotel at 10.00 AM (collections from Picton are available at a small surcharge per group). Your guide will discuss the choice of vineyards and your wine preferences to enable him to plan the most suitable route through the winding vineyard roads. Relax in the luxury minibus as your guide describes the enigmatic history of Marlborough and it's world famous wines. Each cellar door in the Wairau Valley is unique, reflecting the rare conditions which make their wines special. The bright Sauvignon Blancs, delectable Pinot Noir and tropical Aromatics have won multiple international wine awards. Not even the French can match the quality of the Sauvignon Blanc. Your tour through the vineyards will visit a variety of famous internationally branded cellar doors to the boutique family-run winery, to illustrate the diversity of wines available.  Join your gui...

    Having an expert guide like Mike was magic! He was very knowledgeable and went out of his way to make sure we had the best experience possible!

  • From Picton: Private Wine and Gourmet Tour of Marlborough

    4. 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: Private Winery Tour by Bicycle

    5. Marlborough: Private Winery Tour by Bicycle

    Embark on an adventure and get a premium Marlborough wine tour. Experience this unique private biking tour tailored to your individual tastes. Tour five of Marlborough’s boutique and iconic wineries and stop at one winery for a personalized wine experience.  Stop for a delicious a la carte lunch at a beautiful vineyard restaurant at your own cost. Marvel at the scenery and savor wonderful food together with wine. Your experienced guide makes this an unforgettable experience. Tell your guide what you like, and they will build the perfect Marlborough wine tour just for you. Each tour features a unique and intimate wine experience on the grounds of one of the beautiful local wineries. This experience will generally be one of three things, based on availability: a private tour of the winery with the winemaker, a private tasting of just the type of wines you like, or a unique food-and-wine ...

  • Marlborough Sounds and Ship Cove Cruise from Picton

    6. 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: Dolphin Watching & Island Wildlife Sanctuary Cruise

    7. Picton: Dolphin Watching & Island Wildlife Sanctuary Cruise

    Embark on a unique, fully-guided wildlife and dolphin cruise through the Marlborough Sounds. Begin your journey in Picton, where you will meet the expert team who will take you on a conservation-focused, wildlife adventure for your soul. On the journey, you will be encountering a huge variety of rare, wonderful and interesting species along the way. Enjoy the engaging commentary and fantastic viewing areas which allow you to enjoy playful Hector’s, Bottlenose, or Dusky Dolphins with a 90 percent encounter rate. You will also have an opportunity to see New Zealand fur seals and numerous seabirds before landing on Motuara Island for a 1-hour nature lover’s walk to remember, great for adults and kids alike. After returning to the boat, sit back and relax with a hot drink and cookies before making our way back to Picton and stopping to check out any extra species you can discover.

    good crew great info walk on island could be at a slower pace to encourage more, less able people to participate. Great views from the tower at the top. not a lot of visible bird life. saw a good number of seals very close up.

  • Picton Self-Guided Audio Tour

    8. 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 and Marlborough Sounds: Seafood Odyssea Cruise

    9. Picton and Marlborough Sounds: Seafood Odyssea Cruise

    Stroll aboard the MV Odyssea at Picton Marina and depart at 13:30 to cruise the pristine waters of the Marlborough Sounds. Indulge in some fresh, locally-caught seafood, including Regal salmon, Cloudy Bay clams and Greenshell mussels, perfectly paired with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for the ultimate food/wine match.  Relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the Queen Charlotte Sound while cruising aboard our luxury launch, and learn about the local history. Visit a salmon and a mussel farm to experience the Marlborough marine farming industry first hand. Make use of the on board licensed bar, serving a good range of Marlborough wines, along with beers, juice and bottled water. A range of light snacks, including chips and peanuts, are available to purchase. Enjoy the boat's indoor and outdoor areas for views of the forested hills and clear blue waters from different perspective...

    Modern and comfortable boat. Informative and super friendly staff. Delicious seafood. Wonderful relaxing scenic trip. Perfect kiwi experience.

  • Marlborough: Full-Day Wine and Seafood Tour with Cruise

    10. Marlborough: Full-Day Wine and Seafood Tour with Cruise

    Experience the best of beautiful Marlborough on this full-day tour. Get picked up from Blenheim in the morning and head straight to your first of two wineries. Taste award-winning reserve-grade Marlborough wine, talk with respected winemakers, and explore beautiful Marlborough vineyards at both locations. Afterward, drive to Picton to enjoy a delicious Marlborough Sounds waterfront lunch, then a relaxing seafood cruise for the afternoon, accompanied by fresh local seafood and Marlborough sauvignon blanc as you cruise the stunning Marlborough Sounds. Relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the Queen Charlotte Sound while cruising aboard a luxury boat, and learn about the local history. Visit a salmon and a mussel farm to experience the Marlborough marine farming industry firsthand. Make use of the onboard licensed bar, serving a range of Marlborough wines, along with beers, juice, and bottl...

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Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 243 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

Boat trip and bush walk with lovely sea life and birds all around. Close up views with lots of time for photos too :)

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