Marlborough Sounds - Planes, Trains and Automobiles


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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, an amazing feat of railway engineering. The trip down is wonderfully relaxing; enjoy spectacular views through huge windows and the wonderful commentary through the GPS headphone system. A well-stocked café and easy to use facilities on board. At Wellington we will catch a shuttle to our night’s hotel accommodation and once settled in meet again for dinner at the hotel’s restaurant. 

DAY TWO                                                                  B, D    

Remember to Dress Warmly. Today we'll have breakfast on the Inter Islander Ferry to cross Cook Strait. The 92 km, 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 in Picton will allow us plenty of time to check into our hotel and then, on foot, explore this quaint seaside village where we will be staying for the next three nights.    

DAY THREE                                                             B, MT, L, D    

Holy smoke, it's time to deliver the mail! We will be exploring the Marlborough Sounds on the Pelorus Mail Run Boat today. Along the way, we visit isolated homesteads in secluded bays, mussel farms and meeting the people of Marlborough Sounds and stopping 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. This will be another great day out, viewing a pristine part of our beautiful country.

DAY FOUR                                                               B, L, D     


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 outstanding achievements and fast becoming one of New Zealand's must-see attractions. Believe me. It will surprise you. Omaka provides a world-class destination to appreciate 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 favorite wedding venue, with sweeping views of the Richmond Mountains in the distance and a great restaurant. I'm sure we will have a lovely afternoon. Dinner on site tonight.   


DAY FIVE                                                                 B     

Today we head for home, say goodbye to Picton, a special slice of paradise and head to Nelson enjoying some activities long the way. Stopping in the tranquil seaside town of Havelock for morning tea & continuing through Nelson to the eclectic seaside shops and cafe at Mapua Wharf. Here we'll enjoy a bite to eat in a cafe of your own choice and take some time to view the scenery or the quirky shops. Depending on the time we will stop at Rare Creations Interactive Wooden Gallery this will exceed your expectations of creativity. From here we will make our way to the Airport to catch our flights back home. 

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