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Do you have a layover, overnight, day trip, or an extended stay in Picton and the surrounding area? Why not get out and take in some Picton activities? We have 29 tour ideas.


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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Picton Shore Excursion: Gondola Hill 4WD Tour

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 60 minutes
Priced From: USD 51.87


Travel with a small group by 4WD to the top of Gondola Hill for a sweeping panoramic view of Picton. This shore excursion provides cruise ship passengers with a quick look at the many waterways of the stunning Marlborough Sounds. You'll learn about the natural landmarks from your guide.

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Adrenaline & Extreme

Go Kart Session in Picton

Picton, Australia
Duration: 15 minutes
Priced From: USD 35.09


Go Karting is the ultimate adrenaline rush! Kart around on one of Australia's best outdoor kart tracks located in Sydney South West about 1 hour from Sydney Airport, built for the not so experience to professional racing karters. It is fast, challenging and requires commitment and stamina. Great for Corporate functions, Work Incentive Programs, Sales Promotions, Product Launches, Christmas Functions, Team Spirit Building,... Read More

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Day Cruises

Marlborough Sounds Seafood Cruise from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 114.85


Relax and enjoy the stunning Marlborough Sounds, at the top of New Zealand's South Island on this cruise. The cruise features Regal salmon, Cloudy Bay clams and Greenshell mussels with Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc for the definitive wine/food match. Enjoy the natural beauty of the Queen Charlotte Sound while cruising aboard our luxury launch that departs from Picton. Cruise near a Marlborough salmon... Read More

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Day Cruises

Queen Charlotte Sound Mail Boat Cruise

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 73.36


Enjoy a scenic afternoon boat cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound on a working mail boat that visits Ship Cove (1st Oct to 30th April) and several remote communities. You'll share the excitement of mail day as you travel on board the New Zealand Post Rural Delivery Service boat, which takes different routes through Marlborough Sounds to reach isolated hamlets. Hear stories about the people and history of the region from your... Read More

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Day Cruises

Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary and Ship Cove Cruise from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 65.95


Cruise from Picton Harbour to Motuara Island and beyond to see rare native birds and other wildlife on this 4.5-hour boat excursion. Spend time exploring Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary and Ship Cove, learn from your expert captain about wildlife and cultural history, and take in the gorgeous scenery... Read More

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Day Cruises

Marlborough Sounds Cruise from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 61.50


Visit Ship Cove on a morning boat cruise that explores the Marlborough Sounds, a broad network of waterways that makes up 20 percent of New Zealand's coastline. Enjoy time to disembark at Ship Cove where you can see a memorial to Captain Cook, Maori wood carvings and the sheltered beach. Throughout your journey, marvel at breathtaking scenery and hear informative commentary from your knowledgeable captain about the marine... Read More

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Dolphin & Whale Watching

Ship Cove and Dolphin Eco-Tour Cruise

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 73.36


This tour offers an amazing fully-guided experience to complete your visit to Marlborough! Guided by enthusiastic Marine Biologists, you are sure to spot some rare seas birds, marine animals, and endangered land birds. Enjoy spotting Dolphins in the calm, sheltered waters before traveling to Ships Cove and Motuara Island!

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Ferry Services

InterIslander Ferry - Picton to Wellington

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 3 hours
Priced From: USD 48.16


Jump aboard a the interIslander daily ferry service across Cook Strait; the stretch of water separating the South and North Islands of New Zealand. Not just the link between islands, it's a New Zealand experience not be missed. An edition of the US magazine Wine Spectator, described the interIslander trip as 'one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world' and the scenery was described as 'jaw droppingly stunning!'

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Hiking & Camping

Self-Guided Queen Charlotte Track Walk from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 60.02


Explore the Marlborough Sounds on foot with one of the popular self-guided walks on the Queen Charlotte Track. Choose from three walks of varying length and challenge, with options that may include Ship Cove, Endeavor Inlet or Torea Bay. Round-trip boat service takes you to the start of your route and picks you up at the end. The day hikes offer a great way to experience the natural beauty of the Queen Charlotte Track within... Read More

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Kayaking & Canoeing

Half day Guided Sea Kayak Tour from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 70.39


Experience the beauty and seclusion of the Marlborough Sounds on this 4 hour half day guided sea kayak tour. Your tour takes in the western end of the Queen Charlotte Sound with its sheltered coves, beautiful beaches, azure blue waters and lush native bush. Learn about the history of the area from your knowledgeable, relaxed and friendly guides.

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Kayaking & Canoeing

Full day Guided Sea Kayak Tour from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 96.33


Experience the beauty and seclusion of the Marlborough Sounds on a full day small group guided sea kayak tour. Your tour takes in the western end of the Queen Charlotte Sound with its sheltered coves, beautiful beaches, azure blue waters and lush native bush. You will stop at a secluded beach for a delicious lunch. Learn about the history of the area from your knowledgeable, relaxed and friendly guides.

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Kayaking & Canoeing

Full Day Queen Charlotte Kayak and Walking Tour from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 8 hours
Priced From: USD 129.67


This adventure combo is without a doubt, one of the best ways to experience the Marlborough Sounds. On your full day kayak and walking tour you will experience some of the iconic activities of the spectacular Queen Charlotte Sound. Spot rays and sea birds while learning about the lush native bush.... Read More

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Kayaking & Canoeing

Full-Day Guided Sea Kayak Trip from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 96.33


Sea kayak from the picturesque Picton foreshore, across the harbour and into the Grove Arm of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Stop on a sandy beach in this beautiful remote location for morning tea and lunch. Your guide will enjoy sharing their knowledge of the Marlborough Sounds and it's native flora and fauna as you paddle along.

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Nature & Wildlife

Wildlife and Dolphin Eco-Tour Cruise from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 73.36


The best experience in Marlborough.This tour offers an amazing, fully-guided experience that gets you up close to wildlife. A small-group tour to view some of New Zealand`s spectacular wildlife. Visit Motuara Island and cruise the majestic Queen Charlotte sound. Water, wilderness and wildlife. You will have the opportunity to see multiple species of wildlife, including rare sea birds, marine mammals and endangered... Read More

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Nature & Wildlife

Bird Watching and Dolphin Eco-Tour from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 73.36


This Wildlife and Dolphin tour offers an amazing, fully-guided experience to complete your visit to Marlborough!<br><br>You will have the opportunity to see rare seas birds, marine mammals, and endangered land birds. Led by enthusiastic Marine Biologists, you may even catch a glimpse of the King Shag and South Island Saddleback. Search for Dolphins in calm sheltered waters before traveling to Motuara Bird... Read More

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Nature & Wildlife

Half-Day Dolphin Viewing Eco-Tour from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 73.36


Get up close and personal with some of the majestic dolphins that visit the sheltered waters of the scenic Marlborough Sounds. Degree qualified guides will be there to ensure you (and the dolphins) have an enjoyable and safe experience. Whether you see a school of dolphins leisurely cruising along or marvel at their high leaps, back-flips and somersaults during social bouts, dolphins are a magnificent sight! Our Department of... Read More

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Ports of Call Tours

Shore Excursion: Highlights of Marlborough from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 88.92


Enjoy a 4-5 hour fun tour with a local chauffeur/guide departing from the Port of Picton with a scenic journey to the Marlborough Wine region. Taste award winning local wines, delicious gourmet treats and view stunning landscapes as you travel from place to place.Each... Read More

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Ports of Call Tours

Private Shore Excursion: Explore Marlborough from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 514.99


Relax with the flexibility of your exclusive tour of the Marlborough wine region.  Taste sensational wines and partake of some of the most delicious gourmet treats.  Enjoy the wineries or mix and match the day with exciting options.From the Port of Picton... Read More

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Ports of Call Tours

Picton Shore Excursion: Wings of Omaka and Marlborough Wine Tour

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours
Priced From: USD 122.26


Enjoy a half-day small-group shore excursion from your cruise ships arrival into Picton. This tour provides you with the unique opportunity to combine the Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum at the 'Wings of Omaka' with a taste of the many aromas, textures and flavours of the world famous... Read More

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Ports of Call Tours

Picton Shore Excursion: Marlborough Wine Region Small-Group Tour

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: Varies
Priced From: USD 74.10


Taste the gourmet delights New Zealand is famous for on a wine and chocolate shore excursion to the South Island's renowned Marlborough wine region! While your cruise ship is docked at the Picton port, sip award-winning New Zealand wines at boutique wineries, sample delicious chocolates, and enjoy... Read More

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Private Sightseeing Tours

Private Wine Gourmet and Scenic Delights Tour from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 389.02


Enjoy stunning scenic views of the Marlborough wine region and taste the sensational wines and seriously delicious gourmet treats and cuisine with your experienced local chauffeur/guide who will take you on an exciting wine and gourmet experience on this private, full-day tour from Picton.... Read More

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Self-guided Tours & Rentals

Picton Self-Guided Audio Tour

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: Flexible
Priced From: USD 19.99


Download a vibrantly-narrated mp3 audio guide combined with a map detailing the area of your tour.<br />Enjoy a cultural self-guided audio tour of the serene seaside area of Picton. This tour will take you on a historical journey where you will learn about Picton's M’ori past and see sights such as the ancient Whaling Harpoon and postcard perfect Picton foreshore.

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Swim with Dolphins

Half-Day Dolphin Eco-Tour from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 122.26


Swim near wild dolphins in the calm sheltered waters of the scenic Marlborough Sounds on this half-day tour. Qualified guides will be there to make sure you (and the dolphins) have an enjoyable and safe experience. They will also help you spot some of the five species of dolphins that frequent the waters of the Sounds. The Department of Conservation full permits allows you to seek out and experience with all... Read More

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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Full-Day Wine Gourmet and Scenic Delight Tour of Marlborough from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 103.74


You will experience sensational wines, stunning landscapes and delicious gourmet treats on this relaxing tour departing Picton, offering a full-day experience of the Marlborough wine region in New Zealand. A variety of options can also be included for heritage, ocean views and local craft... Read More

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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Private Tour: Marlborough Winter Wine and Scenic Tour from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 5 hours 30 minutes
Priced From: USD 251.94


A private winter wine and scenic tour departing Picton at 10:20am and returning at 4:30pm is the perfect option for discovering Marlborough which has the record for the longest sunshine hours in New Zealand. There are plenty of sensational wines, gourmet delights and stunning... Read More

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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Half-Day Marlborough Wine Region Tour from Picton or Blenheim

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 70.39


Explore New Zealand's premier wine region on this half-day tour from Picton or Blenheim. Visit four different wineries in the Marlborough wine region, stroll through the vineyards, and sample wines such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. This small-group tour... Read More

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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Half-Day Wine Tour from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 4 hours
Priced From: USD 51.13


Enjoy an afternoon among the vines on this half-day wine tour from Picton. You will be collected and taken on a tour through the Marlborough wine region visiting approximately four or five wineries. A lunch stop is not included in this tour so it is advised that you have something to eat prior to joining the tour so you can enjoy tasting a range of stunning Marlborough wines. Flexibility is the key, and we... Read More

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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Full-Day Wine Tour from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 6 hours
Priced From: USD 73.36


Discover the full diversity of wine varieties this stunning Marlborough region has to offer and learn the secrets behind fine wine appreciation on this full-day tour from Picton. You will visit approximately six or seven wineries during the day and any special requests you may have can usually be accommodated. A winery lunch stop is included (at your own cost). A complimentary pick up from your central Picton... Read More

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Wine Tasting & Winery Tours

Full-Day Marlborough Scenic and Wine Tour from Picton

Picton, New Zealand
Duration: 7 hours
Priced From: USD 122.26


This full-day Marlborough experience takes you across the Wairau Plains into the picturesque sea port of Havelock, where you can stop to explore and enjoy morning tea. Voyage through the stunning vistas of the Queen Charlotte Drive back into the charming town of Picton. Here you'll stop to... Read More

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