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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

Diane M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

We loved the region and not having to drive was a real bonus. The driver was very accommodating to any other wineries we wanted to go

Stephen P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016



5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Our guide Andy was fabulous. Everything was pre arranged at the wineries and we received VIP treatment. Andy knew the area extremely well and managed to let us spend some time exploring some additional shops and wineries that were not originally part of our tour. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to take a tour of the wineries in the Picton region.

Sharon S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Tour was exceptional. The tour guide was well informed and very accommodating. We visited a number of wineries and tasted some delicious wines, topped off with a delicious lunch and a visit to a handmade chocolate supplier. Would highly recommend this tour. Great value for money.

John O

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

It was a grand day in Marlborough Wine Country... being part of a small group meant that we got a lot more attention and information at the various wineries we visited.. The lunch stop was not only wonderful but timely...we did need a break from wine tasting. A beautiful tour and a great guide.

Alan D G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

Really enjoyed our wine tasting tour. Our tour guide was entertaining, knowledgeable and made the tour extra special.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2016

We had a great time. Our driver was full of information and treated us all well. She knew all our names and made the tip personal. She also answered all our questions.

Benjamin S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Delightful tour! Andy gave us a remarkably pleasant tour to 4 wineries and a great restaurant for lunch. It was easy to find him at the agreed-upon pickup spot, and it was a great day.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

All went well with our getting to the tour bus from the ship, where we were met by our very nice tour guide for the day. We were taken to four very nice and picturesque wineries, some of the wines were very good, others not quite so much to our taste. The guide I forget her name certainly had a very good knowledge of the area and wine growing and production. We had lunch at one of the wineries, which was a very pleasant experience. we were then taken to the Chocolate factory, which was very nice, but rather expensive.

Lynnette B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

The tour was a bit rushed due to the late arrival of our ship. We still had the opportunity to visit some great beautiful wineries. Our guide, Carol, made sure that we had the chance to visit a wonderful chocolate shop which was the reason one member of our party signed on. Really enjoyed the day.

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