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Picton Shore Excursion: Wings of Omaka and Marlborough Wine Tour

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Picton, New Zealand
Picton Shore Excursion: Wings of Omaka and Marlborough Wine Tour

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icon5 hours  (Approx.)
Pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Combine a tour of Marlborough wine country with a visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum, with round-trip transportation in between, during this half-day shore excursion from Picton. Wine tasting, all entrance fees, and round-trip transportation are included. This small-group tour ensures personalized attention and an intimate experience.
  • Shore excursion to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum and the Marlborough wine region
  • Pickup and drop-off from a central meeting point in Picton
  • Small group of 12 passengers or fewer
  • Wine and chocolate tastings included
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Wine tasting
Driver/guide
Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
Lunch
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Departure Point

The Foreshore, Picton 7220, New Zealand

Departure Point: Picton i-SITE Visitor Information Centre Address: The Foreshore, Picton Dates: On Cruise Ship Days Return point: Picton i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Departure Time

9:30 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Disembark your ship in Picton and meet your guide at a central meeting point. With your small group of 12 passengers or fewer, climb into a comfortable tour vehicle and take off through the picturesque areas of Blenheim and Picton on your way to the Marlborough Region and Omaka.

Make your initial stop at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum, home to a standout collection of WWI and WWII fighter planes and some early 'flying machines.' If you're hungry, you can purchase lunch or snacks at the museum's restaurant. 

Embark on a winery tour of the Marlborough region, including both boutique, family-run wineries and larger production vineyards. You'll stop at two or three, depending on time, to stroll through the barrel rooms, the vineyards, and learn how the grapes are processed. Wine tastings include the region's famous Sauvignon Blancs. You'll also taste artisan chocolates at a nearby factory. 

Make the trip back to Picton for drop-off in time to catch your departing ship.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • 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
  • Collapsible wheelchairs with removable wheels can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 12 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Leisure Tours
You can cancel up to 7 days in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 7 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 2 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Any changes made less than 6 full days before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • For a 50% refund, you must cancel 3–6 full days before the experience’s start time.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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Meeting the Baron
Michael_R
, Mar 2020
We were a little nervous about taking a non-cruise excursion with the risk of missing the ship on our return but needn't have been. Our host was wonderful. Wings of Omaka is a must-see for an aviation enthusiast but my wife wasn't bored. Awe-inspiring to gaze upon a piece of the Red Baron's triplane; a cross cut from the fuselage. The winery tour was great too.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2020
Thanks for the great review, Michael. I'm really pleased you enjoyed your Wings of Omaka and Marlborough Wine Tour from Picton. The exhibits at the museum are excellent and a must see for both history buffs and casual audiences alike. It's a great attraction in Blenheim and I'm glad it's receiving so much positive feedback. With regard to your first comment, we completely understand the hesitation of booking a private shore excursion instead of going with the cruise ships tours, as cruises will often use fear-tactics to discourage their passengers going with other companies. With that said, we have been operating these tours for the past 7 years and we have never missed the cruise ship final boarding times, which is why we're confident to say that if we miss your ship for whatever reason then we guarantee to get you to next port. Thanks again and I hope you get to return to Picton and Marlborough one day soon!
star-5
The best of Wine and Flight
Michael_J
, Jan 2020
Wonderful day with our guide Mike. We had time to visit Omaka Air Museum (Sir Peter Jacksons wonderful WW1 display, and local aviators WW2 display) both top notch. Then off to wine tasting at several wineries of distinction in New Zealand's major wine area Marlborough. All the visits and planning, plus great information from Mike on the local culture made it really enjoyable. We would highly recommend this tour if you our in Picton.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you for the awesome review of your Wings of Omaka and Marlborough Wine Tour from Picton. I'm really glad you enjoyed yourself on this shore excursion. I agree that the museum is truly top notch and that the Marlborough Wine Region is certainly worth a visit for those in the area. It's also great to hear that you guide, Mike, made your time in Marlborough all the more enjoyable thanks to his friendly and informative commentary. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to him! Thanks again and I hope you get to return to Picton someday soon!
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Tributes
Megan_T
, Jan 2020
We were told that Omaga Aviation Museum was a must see, and they weren’t wrong. We were literally astounded at the authenticity that had been presented by the staff. With the background photo’s showing original scenes, and the planes presented in action positions and the figures give a sense of realism supplied by WETA Workshop. A truly enjoyable time, highly recomended for everyone! Can’t recommend Jade Tours enough our guide Kevin was fantastic.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Thank you very much for the great review and recommendation of the Wings of Omaka and Marlborough Wine Tour from Picton. I'm really pleased you enjoyed the Omaka Aviation Museum with its incredible collections of both WW1 and WW2 fighter planes and brilliant exhibits that perfectly captures a bygone era. The staff their do an amazing job in both preserving the exhibits and providing incredible facts about both wars and the aircraft used. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words to your guide, Kevin, when I next speak to him. Thanks again and I hope you get to visit New Zealand again soon!
star-5
Great tour and tour guide
Elly_W
, Jul 2019
Good exhibition of WW2 planes and had a great wine tour with our guide Mike. Wines excellent and a lively lunch. Mike was extremely knowledgeable about the wines he took us to. Highly recommend.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2019
Thanks for the great review Elly! It's great to hear you had such a nice time on your Wings of Omaka and Marlborough Wine Tour. The museum often gets a lot of praise for its exhibits. And, not to mention, the Marlborough region houses some of the best vineyards and wine in the country. I'm glad the wineries and your guide Mike made such a good impression on you. I'll be sure to pass on your kind words. Thanks again and I hope you visit New Zealand again some time soon.
star-5
Another great excursion the museum...
JOE_B
, Mar 2018
Another great excursion the museum is a MUST visit and the lunch delicious . Don't miss the opportunity.
star-5
BEST AIRCRAFT DISPLAY IN THE WORLD...
Gregory V
, Feb 2018
BEST AIRCRAFT DISPLAY IN THE WORLD. We only had an hour and had to choose between WWI and WWII exhibits. We chose WWI. The displays and the volunteer guide were fantastic! It is a living history museum because it contains so many precious items and stories. I bought the book so I can read about some of the things we missed. Of course the winery tours were good too. The lunch at Giesen Winery was great. Fantastic smoked Green Mussels. Our professional tour guide was great. Some day I would like to visit Wings of Omaka again and spend the day there.
star-3
We felt very rushed. We met our...
Therese_S
, Feb 2018
We felt very rushed. We met our tour guide at 8:30 along with another couple from the cruise. There were two vans scheduled for this tour. The other van left basically on time because all of their tourists were on time. Our guide waited for another 30 minutes when two other couples arrived. He then waited for an additional 15 minutes because two more people were scheduled for his van. After waiting for a total of 45 minutes, we took off for our tour. We rushed thru the Wings of Omaka museum and also skipped one of the Marborough wineries.
star-4
This was a well organised tour, and...
timwatkins48
, Jan 2018
This was a well organised tour, and the tour guide Mike and Rob were friendly, informative and always keen to ensure the trip went well including Rob playing cards with our children whilst we were doing the wine tasting. Our only negative was that the lunch stop took too long due to the busy-ness of the restaurant, which caused one of the tasting stops to be cut short. Mike assured us the next stop would be better which was correct - and Mike was able to ensure that we 'caught up' at the next stop, but in hindsight the lunch stop could have been somewhere else, offering quick, light snacks perhaps. Mike did say on the day that he would be proposing not to use the restaurant again, and so this issue may have been already resolved for future tours.
star-5
Sue and Mike from Jade Tours were...
Kathryn M
, Jan 2017
Sue and Mike from Jade Tours were fantastic. Sue was knowledge, friendly and accessible. She was happy to provide answers and accommodate slight changes in the itinerary. Wings of Omaka is one of the best aviation museums I have visited. The displays were amazing. They were created by Weta Workshops and are very realistic. The wording on each display was easy to read and understand. The wineries that Sue took us too were interesting and provided an insight into wine making in the Malborough regions. She avoided the wineries that the cruise ship tours were attending so that we had an intimate experience. All in all a fantastic experience.
star-4
Mike was a terrific guide. Had...
David_K
, Dec 2016
Mike was a terrific guide. Had infinite knowledge of the geography. Wings of Omaka truly amazing but excursion only covers entrance to one of two exhibits. We would have preferred to spend a bit more time so we could of had the option of viewing both exhibits. Visited 4 winery cellar doors. Were able to taste 4-5 wines at each winery. Beautiful countryside. Pick up and drop off went very smooth.

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