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.
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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
Picton has a great range of walks, from 10 minutes to a couple of hours, offering brilliant views of Marlborough's Queen Charlotte Sound. Grab a walking map from the Picton i-SITE Visitor Information Centre.
Cafes & Restaurants
Sit back and enjoy delicious coffee or meal at one of Picton’s cafes or restaurants located on the foreshore and Picton town centre.
Picton's shops and cruise day market offer a brilliant variety of New Zealand and local art, gifts and souvenirs for cruise visitors. Head to the cruise day market at the Town Wharf and browse the boutique stalls, or wander along Picton's CBD and explore the stores.
Explore the region's heritage at the Edwin Fox, the National Whale Centre and the Picton Museum, or take a scenic boat cruise to visit historic Ship Cove and Motuara Island in Queen Charlotte Sound.
To book your tour
You can easily pre-book a tour onboard your ship, visit the Picton i-SITE once you're ashore, or book online from a range of tours that are designed to get you back to back onboard before your ship's departure time.