Linking the port of Picton with the city of Christchurch, the Coastal Pacific railway offers a fantastic opportunity to discover the east coast of the South Island.
Marlborough Sounds Cruise
Marlborough Sounds Cruise, New Zealand
This is a wonderful historic, cultural, personalised eco-tour on the picturesque Marlborough Sounds with a local Maori family. Your skipper and first mate, husband and wife Pete and Takutai, are passionate about this area of New Zealand and their enthusiasm is infectious.
Over the course of the trip you will learn about Maori culture and history, and enjoy the amazing bio-diversity of the Sounds whilst slowly sailing round the sheltered inland waterways. The ship, Tutanekai, is a beautiful old two masted classic launch, full of warmth and character and is named after one of the most famous love stories in Maori folklore. This is a truly unique way to enjoy one of New Zealand's most beautiful areas.
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Other experiences in Picton
These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.
Take a gentle cruise through the beautiful inner Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds, enjoying the scenery whilst learning about the history of mussel farming in the area, with commentary from your knowledgeable guide.
Board the motor launch that will take you to famous Ship Cove where Captain Cook visited five times to reprovision his ship. From Ship Cove the track climbs, giving you unsurpassed views to the North Island.