Marlborough Sounds - Planes, Trains and Automobiles
Door to Door pickups, Transport, Northern Explorer Train, Interislander Ferry, Accommodation, Mail Boat Cruise, Omaka Aviation, All entries, Flights, Meals as listed
Monday 18th May DAY ONE D
Today we shall pick you up from home and drive you over to Otorohanga to catch the Northern Explorer travelling all the way down the North Island. This takes you into the heart of the North Island, through lush green farmland, native forests, over stunning river gorges and across New Zealand’s Volcanic plateau. Highlights include Tongariro National Park and the Raurimu Spiral, a fantastic feat of railway engineering. The trip down is wonderfully relaxing; enjoy spectacular views through huge windows and the excellent commentary through the GPS headphone system. A well-stocked café and easy use toilets are facilities on board. At Wellington, we will catch a shuttle to our night’s hotel accommodation and once settled in gather once again for dinner at the hotel’s restaurant.
Tuesday 19th May DAY TWO B, D
Today we’ll have breakfast on the Inter Islander Ferry to cross Cook Strait. The 92 km, a three-hour journey between Wellington and Picton is one of New Zealand's most iconic tourist experiences and acknowledged as one of the most spectacular cruises in the world. Inter Islander's modern fleet of ferries provides a range of seating options to cater to every passenger's comfort. The bars, cafés and food courts, are all designed to let you enjoy your meal in comfort. Lounges offer reclining chairs from which to enjoy a quiet, relaxing environment. Take the time to enjoy the ship and explore it at your own pace. Our arrival time into Picton will allow us plenty of time to check into our hotel and then by foot explore this quaint seaside village where we will be staying for the next three nights.
Wednesday 20th May DAY THREE B, MT, L
Today we discover some of Blenheim’s lovely charms. Our first stop is the outstanding Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre another one of Sir Peter Jacksons great achievements and fast becoming one of New Zealand’s must-see attractions, believe me, it will surprise. Omaka provides a world-class destination for the appreciation of historic aircraft of the WW1 era and recently added WW2 exhibition. After we have absorbed all there is to see; we will head for lunch at St Claire’s Vineyard. As well as being an award-winning vineyard it happens to be Marlborough’s favourite wedding venue, with sweeping views of the Richmond Mountains in the distance and great restaurant I’m sure we will have a lovely afternoon. I’m sure we won’t require a big dinner tonight so an option to travel into a local restaurant will be available for anyone still peckish.
Thursday 21st May DAY FOUR B, MT, L, D
Holly smoke, its time to deliver the mail; we will be exploring the Marlborough Sounds on the Pelorus Mail Run Boat today. Visiting isolated homesteads in secluded bays, mussel farms and meeting the people of Marlborough Sounds. Stop at the gannet colony to watch parent birds tending to their chicks. On this trip, we often see dolphins, seals and the many blue penguins in the area. You have to be quick to spot the penguins as they tend to dive down under the water when they see us coming. On the way home, we are often able to stop off at Jacobs Bay and go ashore. Another great day out viewing a pristine region of our beautiful country.
Friday 22nd May DAY FIVE B
Today we head for home, say goodbye to Picton, a unique slice of paradise and head to Blenheim enjoying the beautiful scenery as we go stopping along the way for a quick cup of tea before our flight north.