Cruise the Sounds
Full and half day options
Cruise the beautiful Marlborough Sounds and view the incredible Hector’s Dolphin. They might even perform their acrobatics around the boat (2 – 4 hour tours – depending on the Dolphins).
Should you encounter the dolphins, you might choose to plunge in, joining them in the water for a wild and unique experience. All Snorkeling equipment is supplied.
You may opt to visit the Mussel or Salmon farms, being spoilt with local seafood delicacies and wines on a 3 hour cruise from Havelock.
Stops can be made along your cruise to walk the natural forest trails on the Motuara Bird Sanctuary or include the King Shag Colony.
Transport from your accommodation in Blenheim can be arranged.
Take a luxury wine tour to discover the hidden secrets of wine making at vineyards of your choice. Let the experts guide you on matching local reserve wines with gourmet foods.
We offer a range of tours so your day may include a swim with dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds followed by a 5 course gourmet meal after learning the intricacies of wine making with a master winemaker. You may want to visit the mussel or salmon farms or hear about the arts of bee keeping or making your own liqueurs. No need to worry about driving after the cellar door visits or falling asleep after a scrumptious lunch. Pamper yourself with a relaxing spa treatment or perhaps a helicopter ride to view the sunset over the mountains.
Let us put together a holiday that will be really Memorable!
Learn about the local lore and customs at the Omaka Marae (Maori meeting house). Group tours are welcome.
The Myths and Legends EcoTour will take you on a cultural cruise around the sounds in a 75 foot kauri launch. Learn about the Maori Culture in the upper South Island of New Zealand and visit some of their traditional sites. Several tour options available from
For Hobbit Fans you can visit the river where the Dwarfs escaped in their wine barrels. Swim down the Pelorus River and create your own escape.
The Omaka Aviation Museum is a must for vintage plane enthusiasts. The oldest was flying in 1917 but many originals and replicas have been arranged in spectacular settings. Weta Workshops of The Hobbit fame has beautifully crafted this exhibition.
If your interest is Vintage Machinery, the Brayshaw Vintage and Farm Machinery Museum has tractors and machinery dating back to the early 1900’s on display
The Wairau Lagoon can be explored by walking, kayak or 4 wheel drive to see local bird life and ecology, with an experienced guide. (Ideal for bird photography). The rare Royal Spoonbills and Bartailed Godwits are some of the 93 species recorded here.
Mix the Marlborough Sounds with local culture on a Myths and Legends EcoTour.
Whales and Seals
Travel in a new luxury 12 seater minibus down to Kaikoura it’s well worth the time to see the Seals with their pups playing in the water. Enormous Sperm and Humpback Whales may be spotted as they pass up the coast on their migration but there is a resident pod of whales in the depths off Kaikoura. Travel time to Kaikoura is about 2 hours and Whale tours last 2 ½ hours. Refunds if whales are not sighted. Up to 4 Whale watch tours are run each day in the summer season.
Charter a Plane to get that even more spectacular view of the Marlborough Sounds and the Wairau Valley vineyards.
A Helicopter can take you to more remote places, including some of the stunning backdrops to scenes in the Hobbit movies. Alight in the wilderness and be spoiled with a gourmet picnic lunch and bottle of Marlborough’s finest to savour with the views.
What about the thrill of a lifetime by going up in a vintage open cockpit Bi-plane – fully serviced and in perfect flying condition. Feel the wind in your hair like the fighters of old !
A Float Plane can probe the coastline of the Sounds and deliver you to your luxury lodge hideaway.
Cruise Ship Shore Excursions
Please contact us by email prior to your arrival in Picton on a Cruise Ship.
Our JADE WINE TOUR will depart from the I-Site in Picton. Shuttle buses are provided free from the quay to the I-Site (a distance of 2 kms from the large ship quay) and departure times are worked around the times that ships dock and passengers are allowed to disembark. You will be returned to the Shuttle terminus a minimum of 1 hour before the last shuttles leave for the ship.
Our new luxury 12 seater minibus will depart the I-Site and carry you the 25 minutes to the Wairau Valley – home of the world famous Sauvignon Blanc varietal. Our expert local guides are full of history and discussion along the way.
Wine tasting at 4 – 5 cellar doors ( as time allows )
Scenic Drive with heaps of photo opportunities
Vineyard Walk and Talk to learn the secrets of vine growth and wine production
Stop for lunch at a cellar door restaurant – if time allows (own cost)
Tasting of Liqueurs / Olive Oils / and hand-made chocolates at the Chocolate Factory
Stop at the Lookout for pictures with your beautiful ship