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Picton Shore excursion: Marlborough wine region tour, 6 hours from Picton iSite provided by Na Clachan Wine Tours

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Picton Shore excursion: Marlborough wine region tour, 6 hours from Picton iSite

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Overview
6 hour wine tour designed especially for cruise ship passengers arriving in Picton with times to fit the ship schedule. Hosted by a wine qualified guide. Start by taking the shuttle bus to the Picton iSite where we will be waiting to meet you (5-10 minute trip). Visit about 5 of the world famous Marlborough wineries to taste their wines finish at the Makana chocolate factory.  Lunch will be taken at one of the wineries to taste the sumptuous food. Enjoy the scenery during the 1/2 hour drive from Picton to the Wairau Valley. During the tour your guide will introduce each of the wineries and give the history of the region. Time permitting a talk in the vineyard discussing the way Marlborough tends the vines. All standard tasting charges are included in this tour. A great way to spend your day in Marlborough. * Lunch cost is not included in this tour to allow you to choose what you like. Main courses are between $20 and $30
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Picton Information Centre
    Or, you can also get picked up
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    Marlborough Region
    Stop: 6 hours
    Our Wine Qualified guide will meet you at the Picton iSite. During the tour we educate you on the Marlborough Region, Introduce all the wineries and take your questions.
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  • You'll end at
    Picton Information Centre
    Marlborough 7220, New Zealand
    Take the ship shuttle bus (5-10 minutes). Depart the shuttle bus go left with the bus stop on the right. Follow the blue line. We meet at the phone box just outside the Picton iSite 10 minutes before departure time. Please ignore any other pickup details on your Tripadvisor / Viator voucher
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Departure Point
Picton Information Centre, Marlborough 7220, New Zealand
Duration
6h
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
Inclusions
  • All standard tasting fees at wineries visited
Exclusions
  • Lunch is an extra cost to allow personal selection
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children are not allowed on this tour
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 11 travellers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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KiwiTwo wrote a review Dec 2019
Wellington, New Zealand64 contributions35 helpful votes
We chose this 6 hour wine tour primarily because it advertised it was tailored to fit in with the cruise ship timetable. Firstly we were pleased to see we were in a 10 seater van so we knew to expect a more intimate tour than on a large coach. From the pick up at the Picton I
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Newyval wrote a review Nov 2019
Newcastle Australia5 contributions
Once again we have had a wonderful wine tour with Chris & Bill. The wineries were great and Chris's commentary was very knowledgeable. This is our 3rd tour with Chris and we highly recommend this excellent company. Geoff & Kim Valentine
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Response from HennersMidlands, Owner at Picton Shore excursion: Marlborough wine region tour, 6 hours from Picton iSite
Responded 1 Dec 2019
Hi Geoff and Kim, It is always great fun and a pleasure to take you on one of our wine tours. We love the fact we do have quite a few returning customers which speaks volumes for the experience we offer. Thank you for touring with us again and taking the time to write a review. regards Chris
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scmomofboys wrote a review Jan 2019
Charleston19 contributions12 helpful votes
After much emailing back and forth with Chris, we booked a private wine tour for 4 for a port stop on our cruise. Chris met us exactly where and when directed and whisked us off in his comfortable van to tour 5 wineries. I had discussed previously that we were mostly red wine
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Response from HennersMidlands, Owner at Picton Shore excursion: Marlborough wine region tour, 6 hours from Picton iSite
Responded 26 Jan 2019
Hi Kathleen, thanks for taking the time to write your extremely detailed review including me taking payment! I really enjoyed your company on the tour and your willingness to explore the white wines of the Marlborough region as well as the red wines. I hope all the wines you ordered arrive in good time and they bring back great memories of your day out in Marlborough. Thank you for choosing Na Clachan Wine Tours. Regards Chris
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CkgatorJax wrote a review Jan 2019
Jacksonville25 contributions5 helpful votes
We booked this shore excursion because we have gone on wine tastings throughout California, France, and Spain and enjoy tasting good wines and learning about the regions. This tour offered 5 wine tastings for their shore excursion and said it would not be more than 11 people in
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Date of experience: January 2019
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Response from HennersMidlands, Owner at Picton Shore excursion: Marlborough wine region tour, 6 hours from Picton iSite
Responded 22 Jan 2019
Thank you for your review. I take customer reviews and service very seriously and I feel your review needs a very detailed reply. Before writing the reply I have spoken to Phil (Tour Guide) and a number of cellar door representatives to verify the factual details below. To comment on the issues raised; 1. 12 instead of 11: You are correct in this instance we did have 12 on the Van. Unfortunately one couple in the tour group had booked a tour incompatible with the cruise ship times. We have changed the tour description to stop this from happening in the future. I made the decision as our Minibus is licensed for 13 that in this one instance we would take 12 passengers so the customers who booked the incorrect tour would not be left without a tour. 2. Cost of the tour: You make the observation that you wished you had paid more for a tour and received better wines: All the tour companies receive the same wines at the wineries visited so with respect, I think this part of your comments is misguided. If you had wanted a more tailored tour to your needs we also offer Private Tours which are discussed with clients and planned in advance and maybe this would have been better for you as you could have paid for the small parcel wine tastings offered at a few select wineries. 3. Times at each winery: You mention we took 15-20 minutes at each winery including getting on and off the minibus, and visited 5 wineries that tasted 4 or 5 wines at each: If this were the case your tour would have lasted much less than the 6 hours you were on tour for. The times allocated at the wineries were in chronological order; 45 minutes, 30 minutes, 45 minutes, 90 minutes for lunch and tasting, and 35 minutes all confirmed by cellar door bookings. Within the tour there was also travel time allocated between wineries. These times are all based on our past experience of the wineries we visited and also in line with the time each winery has asked for. 4. Wines and information at each winery: All the wineries visited on the day have multiple tiers of wines. Marlborough is world renowned for quality wines. It is not in the interest of the wineries to serve you “very cheap wines” as this creates the wrong impression of Marlborough and us. Not one of the wineries served you any non-estate quality wines. We state that all ‘Standard tasting charges’ are included in the tour and we leave the choice to the wineries as to how they decide the wines they serve on the day. Some of the wineries vary their tasting by the day but most have a standard set of wines they taste day in day out and previous customers have commented favourably on their quality compared to the wines they get at home. I guarantee that you were served many award winning wines on your tour including the most widely requested white wine by the glass in the USA according to that particular winery. Having spoken to one of the wineries you were served a single vineyard Pinot Noir and their Reserve (best) Sauvignon Blanc, one of the most awarded Sauvignon Blanc wines in the region. At another winery they have 3 tiers of wine and a few vintage wines. That particular winery served their highest tier of wines but not the small parcel vintage wines. At another winery they added a bubbles to the tasting even though that is not normally tasted. I agree it was not the reserve but they never taste that due to very small stock levels. With regards information given at wineries, again I have spoken to a number of them. All confirmed to me that they gave a history and background to the winery and presented each wine to you giving information about the wine. 5. Phil our driver: Phil is very diligent in what he does and wants to ensure a good experience is had by all. During the tour he gave you information on the history of the region and the varieties planted and their relative production as well as talking about the region in general. Before arrival at each winery he introduced the winery with regards to relative size and what you would be tasting. During the tour he took you into a small winery and talked about production and at another talked about the production through the glass window at the back of the cellar door. He also talked about the different soils in the region, the fact that wineries own some land and also that they use contract growers to increase their fruit supply. He demonstrated this using a map at one of the wineries.
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Pim L wrote a review Dec 2018
Gaithersburg, Maryland9 contributions
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This wine tour was a real highlight of our cruise in New Zealand! From the time of booking, Chris was responsive and organized, and he provided detailed instructions for when and where to meet that left no uncertainty or worry related to booking independently of the cruise.
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Date of experience: December 2018
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Response from HennersMidlands, Owner at Picton Shore excursion: Marlborough wine region tour, 6 hours from Picton iSite
Responded 29 Dec 2018
Hi Pim, Thank you very much for your very detailed review. We really do try to be very chatty with our guest and educate them as per your comments. One of Cruise ship guests big concern is getting back to the ship on time. We have been doing cruise ship tours for many years and we always get guests back to Picton 1/2 hour before the last shuttle to ensure there is no stress for our guests. I hope you had a good flight back to the USA. Thank you, Chris
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Tracey2434
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Great wine tour
Fantastic lunch! Great wineries and fantastic tour guide. Would highly recommend. Customised our tour for our taste
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kiwipmg
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Best wine tour in Marlborough
This was an outstanding day. Chris has great knowledge of the wineries and the wines so he was able to select those
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W1343JYalisons
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Wonderful afternoon
A big thumbs up to Chris for being our tour guide for the afternoon tour. His relaxed manner while keeping the afte
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AllysonG106
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Best choice for wine tour in Marlborough
We couldn't have made a better choice for a wine tour in Marlborough. We did the full day wine tour and Chris was e
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CB1234_11
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Full day, many wines
Did the full day wine tour and was very impressed with the variety of vineyards we visited and the knowledgeable, l
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Julie G
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Great wine tour with knowledgeable host
Wow visited Lawsons Hills, villa maria, clois henri and Framingham wineries and would recommend them all. Finished
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muirken
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Premier cru wine tour
Three of us thoroughly enjoyed the Na Clachan wine tour. Our UK travel agent (an ex-resident in NZ) recommended thi
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592christinev
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Fabulous day with great wines
We visited 2 wineries before lunch, one for lunch and a tasting, and then 4 more after lunch. Chris will sort out a
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susanmR7752CD
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What a fantastic day!
I wish I could give ten stars to this review. We so enjoyed our day with Chris! From the very start, communicatio
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alan c
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Terrific tour
Booked with Chris because they pick up from Havelock as well as elsewhere. We were a group of six were joined by fi
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Graham S
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Great day
Picked up by Chris, right on time who then continued to provide a great commentary and insight in to Marlborough’s
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413ChrisB413
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Fun day out sampling Marlborough’s finest
Great day out with Billymac, lots of different wineries visited and background information from Billymac who was a
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007_Richard_E
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Fantastic experience, highly recommended
We were recommended this company by our hosts at the colonial motel where we were staying for two nights, we were l
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Roger M
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Fantastic Wine Tour
We were personally picked up by Chris in his Mercedes at our accommodation in Picton. Joined a 1/2 day tour with lu
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688nanap
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Full day tour including lunch and visits to six wineries
Chris is a friendly professional and very knowledgable wine tour guide. We had a super day in his and 9 other guest
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