Plan your day before you arrive
Make the most of your day ashore by planning ahead. First and foremost there is a range of tours available through your cruise line which depart from the wharf on arrival. If you are looking for something not available through the cruise line check out this range of personalised tours here.
Arrival into Marlborough
Your cruise ship will berth at the Port of Marlborough where you will be greeted by the Flower Ladies at the wharf. Cruise shuttles will be waiting to take you on the short transfer to Picton and the local i-SITE Visitor Information Centre where you will be met by our friendly Cruise Meet & Greet Team.
Collect a copy of the self-guided walking map of the Picton to help you explore the town. Picton i-SITE Visitor Information Centre is the place to plan your day on arrival and is also the pick-up point for independently pre-booked tours. Check out our brilliant range of tours to book so you can avoid the waiting and get straight into experiencing stunning Marlborough.
Our wines are world-famous, our waters are national treasures, and from cellar door to secluded bays your time in Marlborough will be Brilliant.
Choose from one of over 30 tours on offer that will get you out exploring our diverse region and back in plenty of time to board your ship.
On our land based tours you will discover breath-taking vistas, walk among the vines and sample our world renowned food and wine. The sound based tours boast one-fifth of New Zealand;s coastline, explore the intricate waterways by boat or kayak, or head ashore to walk amongst native bush and wildlife.
Click on book an excursion below to view the tour options.
Choose a tour and talk to our friendly i-SITE staff who will make all your bookings arrangements for you.
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Peter Broad Operations Manager at Waikawa Marina
"...the unique wild life, ability to catch and cook yourself a blue cod for dinner, bush tracks that traverse the area, the raw natural beauty of the area just produce an overall package that bring people and their families back repeatedly. The Marlborough Sounds is a region that creates and builds memories. "My insider guide to Marlborough
To help plan and make the post of your day in Marlborough, here are some frequently asked questions.
Where am I?
You will arrive into the town of Picton, through the Marlborough Sounds in New Zealand.
Where can I get local information?
For information and bookings visit the Picton i-SITE Visitor Information Centre located on the Picton foreshore.
Where will my tour depart?
Most tours you may have pre booked or booked locally on the day will depart from outside the Picton i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.
What should I take with me?
Good footwear is essential so you can comfortably walk around. Sunscreen and hats are important in spring and summer. Take a jacket or extra layer with you as the weather in New Zealand change very quickly.
How warm is it?
Temperatures vary, however in summer (December to February), max daytime temperatures average 24°C (75°F), and in spring (September to November) max daytime temperatures average 20°C (68°F).
How safe is Marlborough?
Crime is not a major issue here, but be sensible with your belongings – don’t leave valuables on display or unattended.
Do I need to tip?
No. Tipping is not expected or required anywhere in New Zealand. All prices already include our 15% Goods and Services Tax (GST).