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Marlborough Wine Region Tour from the Port of Picton

Marlborough Wine Region Tour from the Port of Picton

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Blenheim, New Zealand
Safety measures
icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds
Safety measures
icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds
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Safety measures
icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

When your cruise ship arrives in the port of Picton, located in Queen Charlotte Sound, take a shore excursion to Blenheim and the Marlborough wine region with a guide. Enjoy wine tasting while you learn about the area’s cultural heritage. Travel with a small group along a scenic route and relax in winery gardens and cafes overlooking the Wairau Valley. Shuttle transport is included from the port to a bus stop in town for pickup and drop-off.
  • Complimentary shuttle transport from the cruise terminal
  • Convenient transport by minivan with a small group
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship
  • Learn about the famed wine region from an expert guide
  • Picton shore excursion to Blenheim and Marlborough
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Driver/guide
Air-conditioned vehicle
Port pickup and drop-off at designated point
Basic wine tasting fees
Bottled water
Local taxes
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
Lunch
Omaka Air Museum entrance

Departure Point

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.

Ports

  • Picton


Departure Time

10:00 AM
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Pamela March Trading As Your Local Chauffeur
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Marlborough Wine Region Tour from the Port of Picton?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Marlborough Wine Region Tour from the Port of Picton.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Marlborough Wine Region Tour from the Port of Picton?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Marlborough Wine Region Tour from the Port of Picton.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Marlborough Wine Region Tour from the Port of Picton?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Marlborough Wine Region Tour from the Port of Picton.
Q:
What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Marlborough Wine Region Tour from the Port of Picton?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Marlborough Wine Region Tour from the Port of Picton.

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  • "If you like wineries sign up - otherwise find another tour." See review
  • "This trip did not start until late in day due to the vague clarity of when it would commence." See review

Reviews

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68 Reviews

Reviews by Viator travelers

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star-3
wine etc
Nicolas_E
, May 2019
This trip did not start until late in day due to the vague clarity of when it would commence. The trip itself in theory is very good except too much was tried to be achieved in too short time and not enough time given to savour the wine experience
star-3
Disappointing
MaryEllen_D
, May 2019
This turned out to be a winery tour - but the description made it seem like a scenery/highlight tour with a stop at winery. If you like wineries sign up - otherwise find another tour.
star-2
Reassigned tour driver/guide to accommodate additional business at this tour's expense
DavidW_K
, Mar 2019
Tour company apparently made the decision to reallocate personnel to accommodate an unexpected increase in business from an additional unscheduled cruise ship that day. This resulted in assigning an inexperienced tour driver and guide for the tour we were on even though we were previously scheduled. While waiting to depart the driver had argument in parking lot with another tour company driver and all other driver wanted to do was turn around in that parking space. Notwithstanding this we departed late as our driver was organizing other tours before we could leave. On way to one of the wineries the driver got lost and admitted never driving there before. Stopped for lunch and group was not told we had to pay at counter after the meal. We waited for quite some time before we figured it out on our own delaying us further all while driver was in parking lot. A side excursion to shopping area at request of one traveler was added adding to our delays which overall resulted in tour ending almost two hours late eliminating time to explore Picton as advertised. We had to get on one of the last shuttles back to the ship since we were out of time. During the trip the tour driver/guide did not care about getting back on time and provided snappy response when queried. Subsequent discussion with the tour company owner via numerous emails was to no avail. While I would expect to experience a much better tour in the future, based on the lack of responsibility by the owner for this tour our party of 4 obviously would not use this tour company in the future.
star-5
Marlborough from Picton
Linda_S
, Mar 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.
star-4
Wine Tour
Camper04973405252
, Feb 2019
Tour guide was very good. We visited 4 different wineries. We enjoyed all of them. I would recommend this tour.
star-5
Excellent Tour with our Guide Lisa
john_e
, Feb 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.
star-1
10,000 miles traveled - wasted
Elizabeth C
, Feb 2019
The tour was terribly disorganized. Wasted 1 1/2 hours waiting at the dock for other participants while a party of two was sent ahead. Spent only 10 minutes at two different vineyards, learned nothing about the wines or the area. Our guide did tell us about UFOs - ugh. We went to a British pub despite the fact that we wanted to experience NEW ZEALAND.
star-5
Fantastic: Your Local chauffeur
Linda U
, Jan 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.
star-5
Fabulous visit to 3 wineries
Hambrook1
, Jan 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.
star-5
Great delight
Charles M
, Dec 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.

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