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Swap the cruise port for a Marlborough wine tour on this shore excursion to a half dozen boutique wineries or more. When your ship pulls into Picton, travel by minivan through this notable wine region in the South Island, sipping award-winning New Zealand wines and sampling delectable chocolates. Opt for extra time to taste wine and purchase a seasonal gourmet lunch on this small-group tour, limited to 11 people for an intimate experience.


  • Marlborough wine region tour from Picton
  • Taste aromatic sauvignon blanc wines, oak-barreled chardonnays and dry rieslings
  • Enjoy lunch at a gourmet winery restaurant (own expense)
  • Visit Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory and sample varieties of chocolates
  • Small-group tour with a maximum of 11 passengers ensures a more personalized experience
  • Covered by Viator’s worry-free policy: guaranteed on-time return to your ship

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What You Can Expect

Picton Shore Excursion: Marlborough Wine Region Small-Group Tour

Picton Shore Excursion: Marlborough Wine Tour

On this South Island shore excursion, you’ll taste gourmet delights such as fine wine paired with chocolate. Begin your small-group Marlborough wine tour with port pickup, then travel by minivan from Picton to Marlborough, one of New Zealand's renowned wine regions.

Select either the 5-hour or 6.5-hour tour at booking. Each option proceeds at your group’s own pace, and the number of Marlborough wineries visited may vary (see below). You’re introduced to aromatic bouquets, spicy hints and complex flavors of fine wines by your knowledgeable guide. Stop at the Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory where you can sample a variety of succulent homemade chocolates — from fruit-filled and nutty bites to velvety truffles. Your tour ends with return transport to the Picton port.

Customer Reviews


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Katrina, our guide was great. The winery's were fun and tasted some great wines.

Paula F United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Absolutely a fabulous day, 5 unique wineries, a chocolate stop and a fabulous lunch of amazing NZ mussels, much bigger than those of New England in the US. Loved the outside Jasmine garden in which we ate. It was 9 people and we did several viators with the same group as it happened. We got to be friends. Love the driver guide. I since have forgot her name but she also took us to a high point to take a picture of our ship. She extended herself to make it special and even stopped for one of the ladies who needed something at the pharmacy and at a farm stand for us to purchase fruit. Really a great tour and guide.

Alan B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

An excellent tour. Highly recommended . We did 4 vineyards would have done 5 if we hadn't prolonged our excellent lunch at the Geisen vineyard, and had to get back to our cruise ship. Our guide was very informative and the small group made it better. We would definitely do again...

David P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

It was a great day, very nice wineries we visited. The lunch restaurant was excellent. We came off of a cruise ship. The tour made sure we were back in time to board the ship!

Kevin G United States of ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2017

Overall, this tour was amazing. We found our local driver very easily once we got off the port shuttles and because it was a smaller group 7 of us, but missing one couple it made it that much easier to move from each winery. My wife and I both really wanted to do this tour b/c of our interest in wines from Marlborough. We went to 4 local wineries that we have not tried in the US and each place was unique in its own way. Most of the time, I drink red wine, so this tour was good b/c it opened up my eyes to different white wines from the area. We really enjoyed the wine from Spy Valley winery much smaller distribution and output and had lunch at Giesen Winery. One of their daily specials was a cheese and meat tray for 2 that included a glass of one of the wines we sampled. It came with local bread that was really good and the overall setting was amazing. After the fourth winery, we stopped at a local chocolate place can't remember the name got some free samples and bought some gifts. Our driver Kevin was awesome too. He made sure to let us know how much time we had left at each place but wasn't pushy and allowed everyone to really enjoy their time there. I would highly recommend this tour.

Rick S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

We loved this tour! There were only eight of us on the tour plus our guide. We went to three boutique wineries and had lunch. Enjoyed all the tastings. Our guide told us about the area as we drove, plus a farmer was moving his sheep from one field to another down the street we were on. What a unique experience. The only downside was the wineries were small so they do not sell their wines in the US.

Crusher Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

A great time. Thought about giving it only four stars but hard to criticise it because some of our fellow tourists were painful. And the tour guide coped very well with the challenges they presented.

Collette P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

This was an awesome trip to the Marlborough Region. We got to experience some beautiful wines and being a small group we could see more wineries. Was not worried at all about getting back to the ship as the driver is always very aware of this. I would recommend this to people cruising into the Picton area.

Joseph W Australia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The minibuses were waiting for us and off we went.The wineries we went to were excellent and we brought home some different wines. Lunch at Giesen winery was excellent. We had NZ mussels while the others had cheese and meat platters. Great day

Melissa M USA

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Fantastic tour and great wineries. Superb lunch at the last winery. Guide allowed us to move at our own pace and decide what extras we might want to explore. Great chocolate shop at the end!

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