Shore Excursion: Highlights of Marlborough Wine Region from Picton
  • Shore Excursion: Highlights of Marlborough Wine Region from Picton

    Enjoy a 4-5 hour fun tour with a local chauffeur/guide departing from the Port of Picton with a scenic journey to the Marlborough Wine region. Taste award winning local wines, delicious gourmet treats and view stunning landscapes as you travel from place to place.

    Each cellar door offers unique styles and of course some famous Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. There is time to visit 3-4 wineries on your tour.

    Savour local cuisine in a winery garden café or enjoy a wine with a cheese, meat, seafood platter overlooking the stunning Wairau Valley.

    Returning to Picton in plenty of time for your ships scheduled departure you might like to include a short return drive to see spectacular views from a great look out of Picton Port, your ship and the sparkling Queen Charlotte Sound.

    This is a typical itinerary for this product

    Stop At: Queen Charlotte Sound, Queen Charlotte Walk, Picton New Zealand

    As part of the options for this tour a scenic driver around the Bays of the Pelorus and Queen Charlotte Sound is a favourite draw card to everyone. A stop for a light snack or lunch of local seafood or other - could be green lip mussels in white wine or local salmon.

    Duration: 1 hour

    Stop At: Makana Confections, Corner of Rapaura Road and O'Dwyer's Road, Blenheim 7273 New Zealand

    Experience gourmet treats of cheese tasting, manuka honey, oils, liqueurs, a refreshing gelato or decadent fudge.  If time allows you can also request a stop at the Omaka Air Museum where you can view Peter Jackson’s amazing displays of his classic aircraft.  The tour can continue and your chauffeur/guide will return in approximately one hour to pick you up from the Air Museum.

    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. You can buy 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 tour guide arranges a picturesque winery garden or a chateau high on a hill with magnificent views for your pleasure.

    Generally tours are from 4-5 hours but we keep flexibility in schedules for each ship and cater for passengers comfort and requirements.  You travel in comfortable, small personal vehicles of 6 or 11 seats and will return to your ship at least 2 hours prior to your scheduled departure.

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

    Duration: 2 hours

    Stop At: Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen, 13 Selmes Road Rd3, Blenheim 7273 New Zealand

    Wine tasting here for award winning wines and not limited to one winery but can visit up to four great Marlborough wineries and stops for delicious gourmet treats.

    Duration: 30 minutes

    Informacion Adicional
    "Confirmation will be received at time of booking"
    "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 offers mini tour vans of 11 and 9 seats plus six seat private vehicles"
    "Minimum drinking age is 18 years"
    "Wheelchair accessible"
    "Stroller accessible"
    "Near public transportation"
    "Infant seats available"
    "Surfaces are wheelchair accessible"
    "Most travelers can participate"
    "This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travelers"

    • Hora de Inicio10:00 AM
    • Lugar de comienzo: Traveler pickup is offered
      At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned to the bus shuttle stop at the Picton Visitors Centre at least two hours before your ship's departure. Your tour guide will also know the time for the last shuttle. Small Ships (less than 1000 pax) docking at Waitohi Wharf may not have bus shuttle option and your chauffeur can drop you off at the Wharf gate - 30 seconds walk from your ship. Alternatively we may be able to return you back directly to the ship.


    • Duración: 6 hours
    • Cancelaciones y devoluciones: For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
  • Incluye

    • Driver/guide
    • Air-conditioned vehicle
    • Port pickup and drop-off at designated point
    • Basic wine tasting fees
    • Bottled water
    • Local taxes

    No Incluye

    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
    • Lunch
    • Omaka Air Museum entrance
  • 9/10

    Recomendación de los pasajeros 90%
    Rating basado en 62 Críticas verificadas

    Nuestros clientes

    • Linda S
      Publicado el Miércoles, 13 de marzo del 2019

      The tour we booked though Viator was excellent. Our driver/guide Larissa was great. She was friendly and knowledgeable about the area. The countryside was beautiful. We really enjoyed the ride and visiting the wineries.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • jledmond
      Publicado el Jueves, 21 de febrero del 2019

      We were a group of 6 adults and did this tour from our ship Solstice in Jan 2019, we were met by our tour guide Lisa, who took us for a very informative tour of Blenheim and we did a wine tour visiting 3 wineries, which were the Saint Clair Vineyard, the Forrest winery, and the Clos Henri vineyard located in an old quaint church. All the wines we tasted were excellent and gave us an appreciation for some of the nice New Zealand wines available. Lisa kept us in check and made sure we were back to our ship pier on time. The tour was about 5 hours, but was very relaxing.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Linda U
      Publicado el Viernes, 25 de enero del 2019

      Make sure they book you with Your Local Chauffeur. It is an amazing company with a great owner. They treat you like family and make every effort to make sure you are happy. They will make adjustments to your itinerary if needed. There was one family in another vehicle than ours who had and elderly woman on a tour and they moved her to a different tour that better met her physical needs. They took us to a great location for lunch and everything was fantastic. Just make sure that Viator books you with the company called Your Local Chauffeur. It is a small group excursion. Loved it. Would give it 10 stars if I could.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Karenpembury
      Publicado el Lunes, 30 de diciembre del 2019

      This tour was booked at short notice when we were let down by another company, and it was great value for money. The driver gave us plenty of time at each stop, and had great knowledge of the whole area. Thoroughly enjoyed the Wine Tasting, and Viator is certainly the company to use for all shore excursions going forward for both value and enjoyment.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • ravmills
      Publicado el Viernes, 28 de diciembre del 2018

      We're not even wine aficionados and yet these wineries were wonderful experiences. Especially the 'Doctors' The family (Forests) who run and own this and their dtr Beth were incredible hosts Very informed and great teachers about wines and growiing grapes.Really a great day.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Jeniene C
      Publicado el Martes, 10 de abril del 2018

      We had the best day ever! The tour guide was excellent and nothing was too much trouble! We saw the beautiful surrounding countryside and even called into two wineries, one of them our favourite wine Cloudy Bay. I would definately recommend this tour and our booking with Viator was easy and made the day perfect.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Regina W
      Publicado el Sábado, 07 de abril del 2018

      This was great. Pam the owner was our driver and gave marvelous commentary. It was a very interesting tour and stopped at three wineries, a chocolate factory, and some other sights. Pam dropped four of us at the Peter Jackson museum of flight and airplane collection from WWI and WWII. That was outstanding. Paid our own admission. She took the other people on a tour of the town and picked us up later. It was a great day.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • William C
      Publicado el Domingo, 18 de marzo del 2018

      Terrific tour....Pamela is knowledgeable, thoughtful, and friendly. Obviously, loves guiding strangers through the lovely wine country of Marlborough and showing visitors the beauty of her homeland. For cruise ships passengers, I highly recommend this small group 8 people in ours tour in a comfy large van rather than one of the 30-40 person megatours with everybody piled into a coach aka a bus to most Americans.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • eykeynes
      Publicado el Sábado, 10 de marzo del 2018

      I was unwell and couldn't go on the tour, but my travelling partner told me it was excellent.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • katrina_mesic
      Publicado el Miércoles, 07 de marzo del 2018

      We were fortunate enough to do this tour with a company called, Your Local Chauffeur. Our driver was Paul and he was a delightful man with a gift of hospitality. His commentary was very informative and by the end of our tour we were sad to part with him. We visited four wineries - had a delicious lunch at one in a beautiful garden setting, with laden grapevines above us, providing us with generous shade. We also visited a local chocolate factory. The salted caramel chocolate is amazing! We also drove along side Queen Charlotte Sound and the views of the vast expanse of water, rolling hills, vineyards, etc was absolutely stunning. We took some great photos from one of many look outs and from one that overlooked our ship, The Ovation of the Seas. Picton is a very picturesque and pretty place, but if you are arriving by ship, do yourself justice and book a tour of the Marlborough wine region. You wont be disappointed. Nor do you have to be a wine-guru to enjoy this tour. My brother accompanied us on this tour and he never drinks wine, but he still found learning about all of the different grape varieties, wines, the history of the vineyards that we visited and the tastings very interesting.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Terry S
      Publicado el Jueves, 22 de febrero del 2018

      Pamela was great. She was informative and flexible.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Ann-Maree R
      Publicado el Martes, 20 de febrero del 2018

      We had a fantastic fun day with our tour group. Paul the tour guide and driver made it a memorable day. He went above and beyond. Nothing was to much trouble. We visited 3 winery's , generous taste testings. Also went to a chocolate factory and had a delicious lunch at another winery. The scenery was spectacular through the wine region and Queen Charlotte Sound with lots of photo opportunities. Definitely would recommend this tour.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Pat D
      Publicado el Sábado, 10 de febrero del 2018

      This tour was a highlight of our trip. Very personalized with the owner Pamela meeting us at the departure point and introducing us to Neill our guide for the day. He was excellent with his knowledge of the wineries and countryside on our trip. The chocolate tasting and cheese shop were enjoyable as was lunch at one of the wineries. We had plenty of time to rejoin our ship. A great day.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • terrimanfredi
      Publicado el Viernes, 26 de enero del 2018


      This Marlborough wine tour was great with a dedicated Tour guide Pamela who did all in her power to create a fabulous, informed and enjoyable trip in a comfortable mini bus.
      We enjoyed three wine tastes but were offered a fourth! Most of us were ready for lunch by then so we decided against a fourth taste!
      Lunch was good, at our own expense. This worked out well as we could choose the amount we wanted. Some of us has small dishes I chose a couple of sides with breads which were amazing and just what I needed to soak up the wines! Actually, the only thing that would improve the tastings would have been if there was crackers or breads available at the tastings as some of us had eaten breakfast early.
      We then went to a chocolate factory yum! then on to an ice cream and craft shopping area and finally on to a couple of fab look out point to take photos of our ship and the harbour. All the while Pamela told us interesting facts and made sure we were all happy, comfortable and enjoying ourselves. Dont hestitate to book this trip- you wont regret it! It was a fraction of the cost of a ships tour and the shuttle bus takes you right to the Information Centre where you can find the tour guides waiting by mini buses just outside the centre.
      Thank you Pamela for a great day out! We wish you all the best with your business.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • y.boyes
      Publicado el Miércoles, 24 de enero del 2018

      We had the most wonderful journey with this company.Set off with the farewell from the owner Pamela. Great attention to detail.
      The day was sensational with the small group and experience of driver. He was very courteous and helpful. Visited four wineries with the mast being lunch. Never felt pressured to get in the van. Added extras were a stop for chocolate tasting and a cherry buy top. Fabulous and we highly recommend this company.

        Calificación General: 10/10
      Publicado el Miércoles, 24 de enero del 2018

      Pamela was our tour guide, and one of the best we have ever had. She grew up in the area and is so knowledgeable, personable, and passionate about the area. We went to four wineries for tastings, which were all wonderful! Then on to another winery for lunch on the terrace which was again, wonderful, the food was incredible! Then on to a city tour of Blenheim, stopped at a chocolate shop for a tasting, then on to Marlborough Sound which is truly beautiful! She wanted to take us to more places but we were all getting tired as we were going on 5-6 hours, so we went back to the ship. This was a nice small group tour, and Pamela was flexible with options of what to see and do after the wine tasting, etc. This was one of the best shore excursions of our cruise! Highly recommended!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Andrew G
      Publicado el Lunes, 22 de enero del 2018

      Excellent tour of wineries and Picton surrounds

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • barbaratore1
      Publicado el Domingo, 07 de enero del 2018

      Our tour was wonderful and tour guide Paul was fantastic! We were in a small vehicle and Paul took us all around the area and even added in the beach and coastline. We stopped at three wineries had lunch and a rive around the area. Very enjoyable day.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • prof.ginsburg
      Publicado el Jueves, 04 de enero del 2018

      Terrific excursion and much better that what was offered by the cruiseline and at a much better price

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Thomas S
      Publicado el Viernes, 22 de diciembre del 2017

      Great tour in a small group.
      Great tour of the wine country and surounding areas, with many wine tasting stops, including a cheese and chocolate tasting stop.
      Our driver was very curtious and a whealth of information.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Sonny
      Publicado el Domingo, 17 de diciembre del 2017

      My wife and I took the winery's tour with a team called Local Chauffeur booked through Viator. There was only four of us plus Paul the driver so it was a very comfortable group. It goes without saying that these type of excursions either work or don't by the people involved. We were off a cruise ship so a little apprehensive about meeting the ship schedule. Pamela who seems to own the business was just sensational making sure we were all well looked after and confident that we would not be left in Picton. Paul, well he was a seriously good bloke, not only knowledgeable and caring but a bit of a wag, bubbly and full of good will. For us the excursion was terrific and the wine was pretty interesting as well!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Janine M
      Publicado el Jueves, 14 de diciembre del 2017

      A relaxing day of wine and scenery. We visited five wineries, had a lovely lunch, enjoyed our guide, Neil. I left my visor on the bus and Pamela went out of her way to help me retrieve it. Thank YOU! Please note - the cost of lunch is NOT included in the tour. There was a couple on the bus who thought it was, although it's disclosed everywhere. None the less, we had a lovely lunch, made new friends and throughly enjoyed our surroundings. A great day!

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • jeffe90306
      Publicado el Sábado, 25 de noviembre del 2017

      The day started out stressful as we were late for our tour. However, we had an absolutely incredible day thanks to Neil. He was informative, funny, and wonderfully sensitive to our needs. He certainly awed us with the beauty and history of New Zealand. We will forever be grateful for the warm memories.

        Calificación General: 10/10
    • Julie A M
      Publicado el Miércoles, 02 de agosto del 2017

      Great travel guide who made the day a lot of fun. Beautiful countryside and great visit to the vineyard for lunch

        Calificación General: 10/10

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