Up to 7 days
An unique opportunity to experience some of the very best sightseeing the region has to offer on this tour which travels along Queen Charlotte Drive to the most inland point of the Marlborough Sounds at Havelock and then travels through the heart of the Marlborough District to Renwick and the beginning of the famous Marlborough Wine Region. Here you will visit two premium New Zealand wineries and learn about and taste the wines they produce. A stop will also be made at the Vine Village and the tour also includes a visit to the Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory with tastings.
From your cruise ship in Picton you will initially drive along the picturesque and scenic Queen Charlotte Drive, with its beautiful bays and inlets and lush native bush throughout the drive providing some wonderful photo opportunities. The tour will stop at the township of Havelock which services the abundant muscle and salmon farming industries which are located through out the Marlborough Sounds. Here you can see the famous New Zealand green lip muscles being unloaded and processed.From Havelock the tour travels by road through the heart of the Marlborough District to the small township of Renwick and the beginning of the Marlborough Wine Region. Famous throughout the world for its grassy, aromatic Sauvignon Blanc’s, full bodied oak barreled Chardonnay’s and Dry Rieslings. You
will also have the pleasure of experiencing a wide range of other wine varieties including award wining reds, sparkling and desert wines.
The tour will proceed at your pace and will visit two of the best winery locations Marlborough has to offer with wine tastings available at each winery. A stop will be made at The Vines Village a unique collection of boutique outlets offering wine tastings and sampling Gourmet Collection liquers, tasting Olive Oils or buying New Zealand made clothing and shopping for quilting and knitting supplies, and finishing with an ice cream, homemade fudge or a milkshake at The Fudge Cottage. (optional extra)
The tour will conclude at the Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory where you can witness the manufacturing of these delicious chocolates and sample some of their varieties.
You will then be returned to your cruise ship berthed in Picton in plenty of time before its scheduled departure.