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Picton Shore Excursion: Marlborough Flyer Train Tour provided by Marlborough Flyer

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Picton Shore Excursion: Marlborough Flyer Train Tour

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Disembark from your cruise ship at Picton and hop aboard the Marlborough Flyer. This restored heritage steam train chugs along steep terrain—through the Para Wetlands into the Wairau Valley—ending at the vineyards of Blenheim. You’ll have time to explore wine shops and eateries at your leisure during this half-day shore excursion.
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3A Auckland Street
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    Stop: 2 hours -
    Disembark at Blenheim Station and explore Blenheim town centre at your leisure (shops, gourmet cafes and restaurants). A visit to Omaka Heritage Aviation Centre, The Wine Station (where you can taste from 80 local wines) and walks along the river are also recommended.
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You'll end at
3A Auckland Street
3A Auckland Street, Picton 7220, New ZealandThe Marlborough Flyer departs from Picton Railway Station. Picton Railway Station is across the road (only 20 metres) from the Picton Information Centre (the ship shuttle drop-off point).
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  • Picton shore excursion by heritage steam train
  • Disembark at Blenheim Station to explore the town center
  • Taste local wines at the Wine Station (own expense)
  • Round-trip shuttle provided from cruise terminal to railway station
Important Information
Departure Point
3A Auckland Street, Picton 7220, New Zealand
4–5 hours
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Local guide
  • Souvenirs are available to purchase
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Gratuities
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Collapsible wheelchairs can be accommodated providing the passenger is accompanied by someone who can assist them board and disembark
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Passengers wearing sandals (or any shoes that are not properly enclosed) will not be permitted on the viewing balconies of the train.
  • Seats are assigned by the organizers and will not be known in advance
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 300 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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travelingauntie70 wrote a review Apr 2020
Kelowna, Canada54 contributions8 helpful votes
was a different kind of tour.we got free wine on the way to Bethlem, was a bar & shopping, on the return train ride..Bethlem was small not much to do..overall a quaint tour.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Carolyn W wrote a review Feb 2020
Saint Louis, Missouri4 contributions
The description lead me to think we were going to wine country and have access to wineries. Instead we were dropped off in a nondescript town on a Sunday (everything was closed) with no wineries for miles. Take a picture of the train at the station and save your money.
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Date of experience: February 2020
dio894 wrote a review Feb 2020
Coolum Beach, Australia4 contributions
The steam train was restored to its original state. Awesome tour and day visiting the WW1 and 2 museums. Can highly recommend this tour.
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Date of experience: February 2020
William P wrote a review Feb 2020
Huntington Beach, California210 contributions23 helpful votes
I would have rate this higher but my wife and daughter felt it was a bit long. They do not enjoy old trains as I do. The train goes through beautiful countryside and you have time in the city of Blenheim before you head back.
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Date of experience: February 2020
Pendragon wrote a review Feb 2020
2 contributions
If you don't have any strong plans while in the region this trip is a great cruise excursion alternative. I wouldn't purchase through the cruise line as they offer it at a premium. You get a small glass of wine and a scenic view as you travel to Marlborough. Recommend walking
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Date of experience: February 2020
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By: Marlborough Flyer
The most popular cruise shore excursion
Having missed out on Dunedin and fjordland due to bad weather, our cruise ship altered course, and we found ourselv
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Very expensive.
Nice train ride to and from Picton, but for $125 NZ each return is pretty pricey for the money. It’s a hour each wa
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Steam Train
This is a great trip if you appreciate the beauty of stream travel. On this trip my husband was impressed with all
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Karen Perkin
Too expensive, cost $300 for a couple. Takes half hour each way and we were left for 3 and a half hours in Blenheim
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Train is nice but that is all
The ride was rather boring. After returning we wished we had spent the time in Picton. Picton was cute and p
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Give it a miss
Booked this trip through our cruise ship and wished we hadn’t bothered. You’re allocated a seat and a carriage befo
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Lovely scenery, friendly staff and loved the steam train
We enjoyed the trip on the Steam Train which has been beautifully restored. Staff were friendly and fun. Picton is
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Picturesque train ride
The train ride from Picton to Blenheim return is via a steam engine. It was all booked out due to a cruise in town
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Lovely day out
We had a group with ages from 6-87 and everyone really enjoyed it. The staff on board were so friendly and helpfu
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Disappointed it wasn't running while we were in Picton
Visited Picton on Thursday 17th May. Disappointed it wasn't running whilst we were in Picton, will make sure next t
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Great outing
We did this tour as a shore excursion from our cruise ship. It was great day travelling from Picton to Blenheim and
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Tina B
Great Train Trip
We went with a social group of friends travelling from Blenheim to Picton and back which gave us time for lunch in
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Excellent trip
There were 4 of us ,2 around 30 and 2 a bit over 60. We universally enjoyed it thoroughly Service was very attenti
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Remembering Things Past
The train was just fun. I loved the train whistle and the 'puff puff''of the locomotive. The passing scenery was in
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Historic Steam Train Well Preserved
It caters for the cruise ship trade and on Sundays and runs between Picton and Blenheim, a distance of 37 kilometer
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Key Details
  • Duration: 4–5 hours
  • Mobile Ticket Accepted
  • Free Cancellation up to 24 hours in advance
  • Instant Confirmation
  • Hotel Pickup
  • Languages Offered: English
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