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Marlborough Sounds Tours and Activities

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A series of sunken river valleys at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, the Marlborough Sounds offer a range of sights and adventures—hiking, biking, camping, and wildlife watching, to name but a few. Many travelers pass through Queen Charlotte Sound and the town of Picton on the ferry between the North and South islands.

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Marlborough Sounds Ultimate Cruise

Marlborough Sounds Ultimate Cruise

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Spend half a day among the thriving wildlife of the outer Marlborough Sounds on a small-boat wildlife tour from Picton. Spot rare sea birds like penguins and shags, plus a couple of species of dolphin, in Queen Charlotte Sound. Set foot on Motuara Island, a kiwi nursery and bird sanctuary, and that holds significance to colonial New Zealand history. Your guides are deeply knowledgeable about this area, so make the most of them and ask plenty of questions.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.33
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$95.33

Half day Sea Kayak Guided Tour from Picton

Half day Sea Kayak Guided Tour from Picton

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Tour the western end of Queen Charlotte Sound on a half-day paddling adventure from Picton. Settle into your sea kayak and follow an expert guide from the waterfront to sheltered coves and remote beaches. Search the waters for eagles rays, cormorants, little blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals and dolphins while you learn about the natural history of the Marlborough Sounds. Numbers are limited to ensure a small-group experience.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$70.21
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$70.21

Wildlife Motuara Sanctuary Tour and Dolphin Cruise from Picton

Wildlife Motuara Sanctuary Tour and Dolphin Cruise from Picton

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Search for rare seabirds and several species of marine mammals, such as Hector's, bottlenose and dusky dolphins along with New Zealand fur seals, during a half-day sightseeing cruise in the Marlborough Sounds. Cruise to Queen Charlotte Sound and take a nature walk on Motuara Island, where a predator-free landscape allows for plentiful birdlife. Listen to commentary from enthusiastic marine biologists, and treat yourself to tea, coffee, hot chocolate and cookies.
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  • 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$95.33
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$95.33

Full Day Marlborough Sounds Mail Boat Cruise

Full Day Marlborough Sounds Mail Boat Cruise

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Explore the scenic waterways of the Marlborough Sounds on a small-group half-day cruise by mail boat from Havelock. The historic Pelorus Mail Boat delivers mail, groceries, and freight to residents along this remote inland waterway where the boat is the main link to the outside world. Hear commentary from the crew about the region, and perhaps have time to disembark at spots along the way (conditions permitting).
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  • 5 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$93.67
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$93.67
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Marlborough Wine Tour and Cruise from Blenheim

Marlborough Wine Tour and Cruise from Blenheim

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Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine region, famous for its Sauvignon Blanc and scenic Marlborough Sounds. Discover both on this full-day small-group tour as you visit several Marlborough wineries, indulge in expert-led wine tastings, tuck into lunch at a waterfront restaurant (own expense), then set sail on a cruise through the Marlborough Sounds, accompanied by a delicious seafood tasting platter.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$158.52
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$158.52
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Full day Guided Sea Kayak Tour from Picton

Full day Guided Sea Kayak Tour from Picton

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See the exquisite Marlborough Sounds from the water during a full-day adventure by sea kayak. Depart from the Picton waterfront and prepare to be wowed as you paddle past secluded coves along the western end of Queen Charlotte Sound. Your knowledgeable guide points out marine life such as eagles rays, cormorants, little blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals and more. Stop at a sheltered beach for a delicious lunch with locally sourced ingredients. Numbers are limited to ensure a small-group experience.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$96.08
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$96.08

Full Day Queen Charlotte Kayak and Walking Tour from Picton

Full Day Queen Charlotte Kayak and Walking Tour from Picton

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Combine sea kayaking and self-guided hiking on this full-day outdoor adventure in the Marlborough Sounds. Paddle from the Picton waterfront to the western end of Queen Charlotte Sound and search the azure waters for marine life such as eagle rays, cormorants, little blue penguins, New Zealand fur seals and dolphins. Encounter secluded beaches along the shoreline before an independent hike on the Queen Charlotte Track, from Anakiwa to Mistletoe Bay. Lunch and return transfer by water taxi are included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$133.02
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$133.02

Dolphin Swimming and Watching E-Ko-Tour from Picton

Dolphin Swimming and Watching E-Ko-Tour from Picton

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Slip into Marlborough Sounds for a swim alongside pods of wild dolphins, with certified guides to help find the dolphins and ensure the tour is dolphin-friendly. Watch for dusky, bottlenose, common, orca, and Hector’s dolphins, and if conditions allow, you’ll have the chance to view the dolphins from inside the water. This dolphin tour includes wetsuits with hoods and booties, as well as hot drinks on board the boat, and round-trip transport from the Picton waterfront.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
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$129.70
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$129.70

Full-Day Marlborough Catamaran Cruise with Wine Tour and Lunch

Full-Day Marlborough Catamaran Cruise with Wine Tour and Lunch

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Combine some of Marlborough's classic activities on this full-day tour: cruising on Queen Charlotte Sound and tasting some of the area's world-renowned wines. Spend the morning out cruising aboard a catamaran, then go ashore to a winery for lunch and wine tasting. Continue the afternoon with more winery visits and tastings.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$205.35
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$205.35

Half-Day Dolphin Viewing Eco-Tour from Picton

Half-Day Dolphin Viewing Eco-Tour from Picton

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The sunken river valleys, forested cliffs, and sandy bays of the Marlborough Sounds are one of the best places in New Zealand to spot dolphins in their natural environment, but increased tourism can often put wildlife at risk. This 4-hour cruise from Picton is run by certified Department of Conservation operators, allowing you to interact with dusky, bottlenose, and orca dolphins in a safe, fun, and eco-friendly way.
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  • 2 to 4 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.95
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$92.95

Private Shore Excursion:Explore Marlborough Wine and Scenic Delights from Picton

Private Shore Excursion:Explore Marlborough Wine and Scenic Delights from Picton

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Discover the award-winning wines of the Marlborough region on a private shore excursion from Picton for your group of up to six people. The exact itinerary is tailored to you, with plenty of time to sip locally-made wines, browse art galleries, then pause for lunch and views of Marlborough's rolling vineyards, plus many customizable options. Pricing is per-vehicle, and includes a wine tasting and a chocolate tasting, as well as round-trip shuttle transport from the Port of Picton.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$644.88
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$644.88
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Private Wine Gourmet and Scenic Delights Tour from Picton

Private Wine Gourmet and Scenic Delights Tour from Picton

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Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine region and a renowned foodie hotspot. Customize your itinerary on this private tour from Picton and taste an array of regional delicacies, sweet treats, and fine wines. Optional activities include a visit to the Omaka Air Museum, a tour of a local brewery, a cruise around the Marlborough Sounds, and many more.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$428.72
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$428.72
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Private Wine Gourmet and Scenic Delights Tour from Blenheim

Private Wine Gourmet and Scenic Delights Tour from Blenheim

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Marlborough is not only New Zealand’s most important wine region, but it’s a renowned foodie hotspot. Taste regional delicacies, gourmet cuisine, and fine wine on this private 6-hour tour from Blenheim, then customize your itinerary with a visit to the Omaka Air Museum, a tour of a local brewery, or a cruise around the Marlborough Sounds.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$414.31
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$414.31
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Winter Wine and Scenic Private Delights Tour of Blenheim

Winter Wine and Scenic Private Delights Tour of Blenheim

Discover New Zealand’s largest wine region without the crowds on this winter wine tour from Blenheim. Make the most of your private guide and enjoy a custom-made itinerary, including activities like wine and food tastings at local purveyors. Winter wine tour of Marlborough from Blenheim Sample Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, and Pinot noir wines along the Marlborough wine trail Taste regional delicacies such as chocolates, cheeses, green lip mussels, and homemade fudge Great-value tour includes hotel pick-up, and round-trip transport This private tour can be customized to your interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$439.71
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Winter Wine and Scenic Delights Private Tour from Picton

Winter Wine and Scenic Delights Private Tour from Picton

A private winter wine and scenic tour departing Picton at 10:20am and returning at 4:30pm is the perfect option for discovering Marlborough which has the record for the longest sunshine hours in New Zealand. There are plenty of sensational wines, gourmet delights and stunning scenic landscapes all year round for you to enjoy. Indoor and outdoor itineraries are custom made to suit your day. Travel in comfort with your tour guide, a local owner with experience and knowledge to share. Relax and enjoy the sunshine with views of the snowy mountain tops in the distance. Your tour is custom-made to include any of your requests and your chauffeur/guide can recommend the very best highlights of Marlborough. Our local cuisine at our winery cafes and restaurants is a total experience where you could taste our local mussels and salmon. Lunch is at your cost, however all wine tasting fees are included.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$365.81
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$365.81
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Winter Wine Gourmet and Scenic Pleasures of Marlborough:Group Tour

Winter Wine Gourmet and Scenic Pleasures of Marlborough:Group Tour

The lush valleys and sloping vineyards of the Marlborough wine region are at their most enchanting beneath the winter sun. Discover New Zealand’s largest wine region on a group 5.5-hour tour and enjoy a custom-made itinerary including activities like wine and food tasting, a scenic drive around the Marlborough Sounds, or a visit to the Omaka Air Museum. Sample Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Albarino, other whites and Pinot Noir or Merlot wines along the Marlborough wine trail, taste regional delicacies such as chocolates, cheeses, green lip mussels, and more. Great-value tour includes award winning gardens, art studios and local producer farms. This group tour can be customized to everyone's interests and ensures you’ll receive personalized attention from your guide.
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  • 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$110.12
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$110.12
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Chauffeur Tour Transfers from Blenheim or Picton - Top of The South NZ

Chauffeur Tour Transfers from Blenheim or Picton - Top of The South NZ

Your Local Guide and Chauffeur in Marlborough New Zealand will create the perfect private tour for your South Island getaway. Specialising in Top of The South day trips from Blenheim to Picton and the surrounding Marlborough Sounds, Havelock, Nelson and Kaikoura,  Exciting custom itineraries are planned for you incorporating your own requests and itineraries, to take advantage of local knowledge and experience for easy planning for your stay. Spend a fabulous day tasting Marlborough's sensational wines, gourmet cuisine and the stunning scenic views before taking advantage of another day trip of your choice.  Whale watching, frolicking baby seals, dive with dolphins, mussel cruises, jet boating thrills, scenic drives around the bays, talented artisans and loads more. Discover the essence of Marlborough with your own local chauffeur tour guide and save time, see more and be safe on New Zealand's roads.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$356.66
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Wine gourmet and scenic Escape Tour - Enjoy Your NZ Backyard:

Wine gourmet and scenic Escape Tour - Enjoy Your NZ Backyard:

What a difference wine and food can make to your perfect holiday or day out. Special tour options are created at each winery cellar door to taste the wines and complimented by delights of local cheeses and/or meats for even our vegetarians and vegans are catered for. Local producers of hazelnuts, pine nuts, chocolate, honey and preserves and more to delight. Award winning gardens and strolling along the rambling streams in our botanical parks, scenic drives of beautiful landscapes, rolling hills and vineyards, Marlborough Sounds and the idyllic bays with high view points of the leisure boats and craft. Wine and gourmet picnic basket also as part of your custom created day. Our quaint country townships with artisan wares and fresh fruit ice-creams. Marlborough has much in store for a perfect day out or long weekend getaway.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$114.55
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$114.55
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Should I book Marlborough Sounds tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Marlborough Sounds can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Marlborough Sounds 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Marlborough Sounds costs USD 70.21. Guided Marlborough Sounds tours start around USD 70.21 per person.
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