Blenheim and Marlborough Tours
Full and half day options
Cruise the beautiful Marlborough Sounds and view the incredible Hector’s Dolphin. They might even perform their acrobatics around the boat (2 – 4 hour tours – depending on the Dolphins).
Price: NZ$ 100
Should you encounter the dolphins, you might choose to plunge in, joining them in the water for a wild and unique experience. All Snorkeling equipment is supplied.
Price: NZ$ 165
You may opt to visit the Mussel or Salmon farms, being spoilt with local seafood delicacies and wines on a 3 hour cruise from Havelock.
Price: from NZ$ 125
Stops can be made along your cruise to walk the natural forest trails on the Motuara Bird Sanctuary or include the King Shag Colony.
Price: NZ$ 100
Transport from your accommodation in Blenheim can be arranged.
Take a luxury wine tour to discover the hidden secrets of wine making at vineyards of your choice. Let the experts guide you on matching local reserve wines with gourmet foods.
We offer a range of tours so your day may include a swim with dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds followed by a 5 course gourmet meal after learning the intricacies of wine making with a master winemaker. You may want to visit the mussel or salmon farms or hear about the arts of bee keeping or making your own liqueurs. No need to worry about driving after the cellar door visits or falling asleep after a scrumptious lunch. Pamper yourself with a relaxing spa treatment or perhaps a helicopter ride to view the sunset over the mountains.
Let us put together a holiday that will be really Memorable!
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Learn about the local lore and customs at the Omaka Marae (Maori meeting house). Group tours are welcome.
Price: NZ$ 100 pp for a 2 hour visit
The Myths and Legends EcoTour will take you on a cultural cruise around the sounds in a 75 foot kauri launch. Learn about the Maori Culture in the upper South Island of New Zealand and visit some of their traditional sites. Several tour options available from
Price: NZ$ 200 pp (min 2 pax)
For Hobbit Fans you can visit the river where the Dwarfs escaped in their wine barrels. Swim down the Pelorus River and create your own escape.
The Omaka Aviation Museum is a must for vintage plane enthusiasts. The oldest was flying in 1917 but many originals and replicas have been arranged in spectacular settings. Weta Workshops of The Hobbit fame has beautifully crafted this exhibition.
If your interest is Vintage Machinery, the Brayshaw Vintage and Farm Machinery Museum has tractors and machinery dating back to the early 1900’s on display
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JADE DOLPHIN AND WINE TOUR
An early morning start will transport you from your accommodation to the tranquil waters of the Queen Charlotte Sound where your luxury catamaran awaits. Learn the ecology of the Sounds from the experts and the 4 hour cruise will carry you in comfort to find the playful Dolphins which feed in the Sounds. For the adventurous, you can don a wetsuit and actually join the dolphin pods in their natural environment. What a photo opportunity !
The cruise is followed by a well-earned single course lunch at a vineyard restaurant and the rest of the day is spent savouring the stunning array of wines available at the Marlborough wineries. Our zesty Sauvignon Blancs and delectable Pinot Noir will satisfy the most discerning palates and we visit a selection of cellar doors to enable you to enjoy as wide a range as possible.
Let Jade Tours make your Marlborough visit truly memorable.
Tour Price per person : $250 Tour Duration : 9 hours
Includes Dolphin cruise (swimming/snorkelling activity is extra $60pp
Single course lunch at a vineyard restaurant
Afternoon wine tasting (inclusive of all tasting fees)
Pick up and return to Accommodation
Bottled water and snacks on bus
The JADE ECO TOUR will show you some of the magnificent creatures that call Marlborough “Home”.
We will collect you from your accommodation and take you on the scenic drive to Picton to join a Dolphin cruise. For the ultimate thrill, don snorkeling gear and go for a swim with the dolphins as they play in their natural environment.
After lunch at a vineyard restaurant (own cost), you will view a flying display by an endangered New Zealand Falcon. Learn about the efforts being put into their preservation and pose for that ultimate photo of you with a Falcon on your arm !
We move on to a small Sheep farm where you can cuddle the lambs (in season) and help process a raw wool fleece into a knitted garment. Larger groups can visit a working sheep farm and watch the sheep dogs in action and a sheep shearing display.
Other possibilities include feeding our beautiful Black Swans or even a visit to our Seal colony. Stay away from the adults but the pups are unafraid as they gambol in a river pool beneath a waterfall.
Tours start from NZ$200 per person and we would be happy to build a unique tour for YOU, depending on the season.
Travel in a new luxury 12 seater minibus down to Kaikoura it’s well worth the time to see the Seals with their pups playing in the water. Enormous Sperm and Humpback Whales may be spotted as they pass up the coast on their migration but there is a resident pod of whales in the depths off Kaikoura. Travel time to Kaikoura is about 2 hours and Whale tours last 2 ½ hours ( at NZ$ 150 pp. ) Refunds if whales are not sighted. Up to 4 Whale watch tours are run each day in the summer season.
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Charter a Plane to get that even more spectacular view of the Marlborough Sounds and the Wairau Valley vineyards.
A Helicopter can take you to more remote places, including some of the stunning backdrops to scenes in the Hobbit movies. Alight in the wilderness and be spoiled with a gourmet picnic lunch and bottle of Marlborough’s finest to savour with the views.
What about the thrill of a lifetime by going up in a vintage open cockpit Bi-plane – fully serviced and in perfect flying condition. Feel the wind in your hair like the fighters of old !
A Float Plane can probe the coastline of the Sounds and deliver you to your luxury lodge hideaway.
Prices are available on application
Please contact us by email prior to your arrival in Picton on a Cruise Ship.
Our JADE WINE TOUR will depart from the I-Site in Picton. Shuttle buses are provided free from the quay to the I-Site (a distance of 2 kms from the large ship quay) and departure times are worked around the times that ships dock and passengers are allowed to disembark. You will be returned to the Shuttle terminus a minimum of 1 hour before the last shuttles leave for the ship.
Our new luxury 12 seater minibus will depart the I-Site and carry you the 25 minutes to the Wairau Valley – home of the world famous Sauvignon Blanc varietal. Our expert local guides are full of history and discussion along the way.
- Wine tasting at 4 – 5 cellar doors ( as time allows )
- Scenic Drive with heaps of photo opportunities
- Vineyard Walk and Talk to learn the secrets of vine growth and wine production
- Stop for lunch at a cellar door restaurant – if time allows (own cost)
- Tasting of Liqueurs / Olive Oils / and hand-made chocolates at the Chocolate Factory
- Stop at the Lookout for pictures with your beautiful ship
Priced from NZ$110 pp (depends on tour duration determined by ship departure)
This includes all Tasting Fees to be introduced by the wineries from October 2016.
JADE WINGS and WINE TOUR
- Visit the exceptional Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum
- Lunch at a vineyard restaurant
- Taste some of Marlborough’s finest wines
- Small group tour with your own guide
The Marlborough vineyards are the home of Sauvignon Blanc and some of the country’s most vibrant and flavourful wines. Our Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum attracts visitors from around the world to see their impressive collection of early “flying machines” and WW1 and WW2 fighter aircraft. Combine the Wings of Omaka with a taste of the many aromas, textures and flavours of our world famous Marlborough wines, on a guided tour of this exceptional region.
Take the free shuttle buses or follow the 5 minute walk from the ship to the Picton i-site where your local guide will be waiting with our comfortable minibus. Our small groups offer a more personalised and rewarding experience.
Relax during the scenic short drive through to Marlborough, where the wonders of the Aviation museum await – spectacularly presented in lifelike scenarios. Then spoil yourself with regional seafood and other delicacies during our lunch stop (own cost and time permitting) at a vineyard restaurant.
For the wine tour after lunch, we select a range of the large, through to the small family-run wineries, where you can taste the zesty Sauvignon Blancs and a wide variety of our other tasty cultivars. Visit the cellars to experience the rich aromas of wine maturing in French oak barrels and hear how our grapes are processed into our unique multi-award winning wines for which the valley is so famous.
Tasting the hand-made gourmet chocolates at the Chocolate factory is a brilliant way to end this exceptional day and arrive back in Picton with plenty of time before your ship’s departure.
Cost : $130 pp (includes museum entry fee and wine tasting fees)
“Mike, our driver / tour guide, was friendly, knowledgeable and efficient. Couldn’t have been better. We went to 4 vineyards, a craft shop and a chocolate factory. Great value for us as we were quoted almost double the price for the tours offered on our cruise ship. (If you are on a cruise ship, get off early and book a Jade Tour from the Tourist Info Center).”
“Thank you for forwarding the photos of our day tour with you in Picton. We enjoyed the tour immensely and it was one of the highlights of our cruise. We are glad we took the opportunity of doing this tour with Jade and not through the ship excursions. The Highfield and Framingham wineries were certainly the high points of your tour. The winery where we had lunch was also good. By the time we got to Giesens we were literally “wined-out”. The fact however that you managed to cram six wineries and a visit to the chocolate factory into your tour (against only two on offer by the ships excursions) speaks volumes for your knowledge of the area and wineries to visit, and not to mention that you were a very entertaining tour guide. Wish you and all at Jade Tours continued success.”
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You will be issued with a Voucher to confirm your prior booking and payment
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