Shore Excursions

Shore Excursion: Highlights of Marlborough 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.
5 hours
Transfers & Ground Transport

InterIslander Ferry - Picton to Wellington

Jump aboard a the interIslander daily ferry service across Cook Strait; the stretch of water separating the South and North Islands of New Zealand. Not just the link between islands, it's a New Zealand experience not be missed. An edition of the US magazine Wine Spectator, described the interIslander trip as 'one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world' and the scenery was described as 'jaw droppingly stunning!'
3 hours
Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise

Enjoy a scenic afternoon boat cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound on a working mail boat that visits Ship Cove and several remote communities. You'll share the excitement of mail day as you travel on board the New Zealand Post Rural Delivery Service boat, which takes different routes through Marlborough Sounds to reach isolated hamlets. Hear stories about the people and history of the region from your captain as you experience the rhythm of life along the waterways of the South Island.
4 hours
Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Marlborough Sounds Cruise from Picton

Visit Ship Cove on a morning boat cruise that explores the Marlborough Sounds, a broad network of waterways that makes up 20 percent of New Zealand’s coastline. Enjoy time to disembark at Ship Cove where you can see a memorial to Captain Cook, Maori wood carvings and the sheltered beach. Throughout your journey, marvel at breathtaking scenery and hear informative commentary from your knowledgeable captain about the marine life, cultural history, and natural features of this beautiful region
3.5 hours
Cruises, Sailing & Water Tours

Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary and Ship Cove Cruise from Picton

Cruise from Picton Harbour to Motuara Island and beyond to see rare native birds and other wildlife on this 4.5-hour boat excursion. Spend time exploring Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary and Ship Cove, learn from your expert captain about wildlife and cultural history, and take in the gorgeous scenery of Queen Charlotte Sound. Look for endangered native birds including the South Island saddleback, king shag, little blue penguin and kiwi as well as seals and rare dolphins.
4.5 hours
Outdoor Activities

Picton Shore Excursion: Gondola Hill 4WD Tour

Fantastic 1-hour 4WD small group tour. From the Top of Gondola Hill you will have a sweeping panoramic view of Picton and the many waterways of the stunning Marlborough Sounds.
1 hour
Tours & Sightseeing

Small-Group Tour from Hobart to Mt Wellington and Tahune AirWalk with Optional Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary or Zoodoo Wildlife Park

The basic tour (6-hours), takes in stunning views of Hobart from the summit of Mount Wellington. On a clear day you’ll enjoy panoramic views all the way to the D'Entrecasteaux Channel and Bruny Island. This sightseeing tour will also take you along the shore of the Derwent River to view the historic buildings of Salamanca Place and Battery Point, together with an insight into the history of the area. Take the old road to Huonville and Geeveston to the Tahune AirWalk. Should weather preclude the running of the trip up the mountain, you will take the scenic coastal route to the Huon Valley. Highlights include a visit to the Shot Tower, the Australian Antarctic Division Headquarters and the Channel Heritage Centre, en-route to the Tahune AirWalk. The 8-hour option, is the basic tour plus the addition of a visit to either Bonorong Wildlife Sanctuary or Zoodoo Wildlife Park (customer may choose on the day).
6 hours
Food, Wine & Nightlife

Shore Excursion: Blenheim Wine tour from Picton

Enjoy this small-group tour to the famous cellar doors of Marlborough in our new luxury minibus. Indulge yourself in the heady aromas of the wine maker’s art and taste the passion that goes into every bottle. Learn how Marlborough's Sauvignon Blanc has reached the pinnacle of sophistication, walk in the vineyards to understand the science and taste the end product.You will visit 4 – 5 wineries ranging from the internationally famous to boutique family-run cellars. Finish the day with a taste of regional olive oils or liqueurs and a nibble at the Chocolate Factory.
5 hours
Food, Wine & Nightlife

Full-Day Marlborough Wine Tour Including Wine Tasting

Enjoy a relaxing day out around some of the beautiful wineries in Marlborough. Learn about the regions great wines and join in on some sampling.
6 hours
Outdoor Activities

Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton

Explore the Marlborough Sounds on foot with one of the popular self-guided walks on the Queen Charlotte Track. Choose from three walks of varying length and challenge, with options that may include Ship Cove, Endeavor Inlet or Torea Bay. Round-trip boat service takes you to the start of your route and picks you up at the end. The day hikes offer a great way to experience the natural beauty of the Queen Charlotte Track within a shorter time frame.
7 hours