See the highlights while you relax! with a private guide
This scenic shore excursion takes in the best scenery in Northern Marlborough. You will have a hill top view into Cloudy Bay and Port Underwood, once the whaling capital of New Zealand. Hear stories of the whaling families who lived there from Will. You can choose to be take a short and easy guided bush walk (20 minutes) at White Bay, your guide will share his knowledge about the indigenous trees and wildlife of the area. If you prefer you can relax at the sandy beach. You will then travel to the Wairau Plains, home of New Zealand pioneer wine industry, famous for its sauvignon blanc. Here you can have lunch at a winery or choose to have two cellar door wine tastings (wine tastings and meal are at your own expense). In the afternoon as you return to your ship, you will travel on the road which overlooks the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound. There will be opportunities to take photos from lookouts. Your guide can tell you a little of the area's history including the adventures of the explorer James Cook.
10. 00am Collection from the Picton Information Centre. Depart for Cloudy Bay lookout over Rarangi.
11. 00pm Short, easy, guided bush walk at Whites Bay. You an choose to stroll the beach instead or relax and look at the views.
12. 00pm Depart for lunch or wine tasting at the Wairau Valley.
12. 30pm Lunch or wine tasting at one of Marlborough many famous cellar doors.
1. 30pm Depart for the Queen Charlotte Drive to Picton.
2. 00pm Drive the Queen Charlotte Drive overlooking the Queen Charlotte Sounds. Stop at lookout over Governors bay.
3. 00pm Arrive at the Picton Information Centre close to the cruise ship shuttle.
We have allowed thirty minutes grace for unscheduled stops and detours. Your tour will finish at around 3. 30pm.
Meeting Location + Tour Duration
Meeting location: Meeting location: If you are in a cruise ship we will collect you from Picton Information Centre. Please catch the free cruise ship shuttle to Picton, then walk two hundred metres to the Picton Information Centre by following the blue line.
If you are a traveller within New Zealand we can meet you either outside the Blenheim or Picton information centre. We can collect you from any accommodation in Blenheim.
We will have a card with your name on it in our front window of the van.
End location: We will take you back to the Picton Information Center so you can retrace your steps to the cruise ship shuttle or drop you off at your pick up point.
Duration: 5 hours
A late ship arrival and weather conditions could delay the tour.
Eight seater Hi Ace van with air conditioning
Transport in an air conditioned Hi Ace Toyota van. Commentary from a guide with experience in the history and wildlife of the area. Afternoon tea of homemade muffin and tea or coffee.
Estimated Local Cash Needed
150 NZ - This is the estimated value of a bistro meal with a glass of local wine plus cover fee for a wine tasting.
Your meal and the wine tasting
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The time spent with Will was the best time of all the tours I have taken with Tours by Locals and was also the best time we had during this holiday. I will remember this excursion for a long time. The excursion exceeded my expectation. Will is one of the most genuine person I have met and he is passionate about what he does. As soon as we met he inquired about what we want to do and delivered it.