"It’s been heartwarming to get some local enquiry for mid-winter Christmas and team building functions."
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Luxury Retreats & Wine Tours
Visit boutique wineries
Cellar doors with wine & more
We started out running a shuttle service to Rainbow ski field during winter in 1993. Since then we’ve evolved and expanded to doing mainly fishing charters in the Queen Charlotte Sound, plus wine tours and transport.
As a tourism business, we rely heavily on international and domestic tourism and the cruise ship market, so needless to say, the pandemic has not been good for business.
During lockdown we had a good look at the business and did a business continuity study just like everyone else did, in hopes of staying a step ahead of the curve.
One thing we realised was that after 27 years in the industry, we don’t want to do anything else for a living. Tourism suits my personality and Mark loves fishing.
Luckily we’re reasonably agile, so we can hunker down and figure our way through this challenge.
We’ve put together a fun little wine tour that will appeal to the local and domestic market during winter, with private tour and tasting experiences at Cloudy Bay, Rock Ferry Wines, Whitehaven Wines and The Vines Village Cafe & Deli, Wine Cellar & Boutique Stores. This trip will run from June to September 2020.
Winter is traditionally quiet for Picton, but it’s been heartwarming to get some local enquiry for mid-winter Christmas and team building functions.
We’re taking it very cautiously, but we definitely feel Marlburians are really supportive of their local area and will be doing what they can to help keep local businesses ticking over until the crisis is over.