Picton Shore Excursion
Start at Picton: 10.00a.m. (This depends on your arrival of ship - times are fixed with with Marlborough Flyer Train Company)
I will meet you off your Shuttle Bus at the Picton information centre to take you to the train station in Picton.
Your private tour will start with 50-minute journey on the majestic heritage steam train - the Marlborough Flyer from Picton to Blenheim and includes the challenging climb out of Picton on a 1-in-37 grade, the 4th steepest rail in New Zealand.
I will pick you up in Blenheim and you will continue on your private tour to the magnificent Yealands Family Wines which is totally unique in that it is the world's first carbo NZero winery. This vineyard is set in the most natural panoramic surrounds with views to the Pacific Ocean and on a clear day to the North Island of New Zealand. They also boast New Zealand's largest solar panel installation. I will take you on a self drive tour through the vineyard after you have enjoyed a wine tasting with sweeping views overlooking the Cook Strait, Cape Campbell and Mount Tapuae. There are many points of interest to view on your way.
Your next stop on your cruise ship shore tour will be a drive through the Renwick area to the Village - a small selection of small local craft stores and also a chance to maybe try a scrumptious New Zealand Ice Cream made in Kapati. After this it will be on to Havelock a small historic fishing village the Green Shell Mussel capital of the world. There is also a delightful small museum here and a local art gallery for you to have a look at. I would suggest here you cannot leave without trying some Mussels.
I will then return you back to your Cruise Ship via the stunning Charlotte Drive Sound with stunning views over it's bays and sounds.
After this private cruise ship tour you will have a great taste of what the countryside and the surrounds of the Marlborough are about.