Boat Rides & Cruises in Picton

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  • Vista viewer 77
    35 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Short walk from cruise port. Nice overview of what we might see during cruise before leaving. Nice boat ride on queen charlotte sounds which is much larger and more branching than I previously thought. Andy slowed the boat so we were able to stand outside along the sides to view sea birds and Alice explained what we were seeing. Arrived at Motuara bird sanctuary and had a walk up the hill led by Alice who was great to point out flora and fauna during the walk up. Since it is an out and back hike you could lag behind and then catch up with the rest of the group on their way down although you would miss the spectacular views from the top. Andy, the great boat captain, was waiting to load us up and take us back to the dock. Unfortunately we didn’t get to see dolphins or whales but after all it is wildlife and not a zoo so no promises about what you will see. Did see many birds while at the sanctuary. Besides a hot drink on the way back we were also treated to a local Pinot Gris sample. Arrived back in plenty of time to reboard the cruise ship.
    Written 5 April 2024
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  • Bea H
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We had an amazing afternoon. Wine, food and service ,100percent,
    I wonder about having toddlers on board though. My choice would be no kids. That’s just me , when we are relaxing with wine etc.
    Written 23 April 2024
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  • Philip L
    Christchurch, New Zealand2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Had a great day out. The weather was perfect. Saw lots of new country. The staff were very friendly and informative. Well worth doing.
    Written 21 April 2024
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  • mjh976
    Tauranga, New Zealand6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Loved the half day trip to Ship Cove. Very lucky with the beautiful weather. Saw a penguin but no dolphins due to the time of year. Could easily hear the commentary from the top deck but was harder to hear inside the boat. Would have loved to stay a little longer at Ship Cove.
    Written 8 April 2024
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  • SEV
    2 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    An amazing island with just the right amount of time to ascend to the summit and the incredible panoramic views. Excellent views of the unique bird species found on the island.
    I was disappointed with the very short time we had by the Cook Memorial - the excuse that “we’re running late” by the boat skipper isn’t, I feel, good enough! Consequently it was a very rushed visit for everyone on that particular sailing.
    Written 11 March 2024
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  • ellen5181
    New York City, NY222 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Just what I was hoping for. Sit back and enjoy the scenery. Staff were pleasant, informative, a fun few hours exploring the coves and inlets.
    Written 16 February 2024
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  • Paul W
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Crew and Skipper were sensational and absolutely wonderful local seafood... Skipper even cooks! What a salmon serving! Local knowledge second to none and then the fish feeding was awesome... Well worth going to see and do.. Great job Crew!!
    Written 13 March 2024
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  • Katherine P
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fantastic trip, with very knowledgable guides. We had plenty of time to see the wildlife and hear about the history of the area. They were kind enough to take us out the day before our booking as the weather the following day was going to be bad. 10 out of 10 to the young lady in the booking office who was asked by some Americans if they would get a refund if they didn't see any Dolphins, and managed to not give them the answer that I would have done! Very diplomatic! If you want a great trip, use this company.
    Written 8 April 2024
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  • Matthew G
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Marlborough Sound was amazing. Our boat showed us (the tourists) the various bays and inlets, whilst providing a community service to hikers, canoeists and locals - which gave us an insight into life in the area. Very rewarding. We were then collected from the wharf and escorted to our first winery by the Great Hamish. He is an asset to Marlborough Wine Tours and should be paid double. The whole day was definitely worth it
    Written 14 March 2024
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  • Pam K
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    As a wildlife biologist, I chose this because I was looking for a real wildlife tour run by knowledgable people and not something just set up to run tourists around. This is the real deal - a small locally owned company with very environmentally minded folks with a lot of wildlife experience. While one can never plan on wildlife sightings in the wild, these folks know their stuff and know where to look. I saw more endangered species in 4 hours then I have seen in my entire time in new zealand. Knowledgeable and very ethical in their wildlife treatment, I was totally enchanted. You can't do better than Nicki and Paul
    Written 11 March 2024
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  • MinspiresM
    Traralgon, Australia288 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Overall I’ve given it a 4/5 as stunning views of sound and lunch at Lodge beautiful; awesome choice; awesome locale; service etc. the desire is they drop you off at around 11.15 and collect at 3:15pm which is a LONG time if weather not good for swimming or your not wanting to go for a walk from Lodge. I would not go in this tour again because of that fact only.
    Written 27 March 2024
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  • Matteo D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    That was one of the most beautiful days in my life and we got to see so many awesome things. The Tourguide WILL (not the skipper) was so cool and nice, i would go with him again any time!
    Written 31 January 2024
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  • Stay52010304722
    5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Kayaking was was sooo fun it was a windy day but we stayed in the bays mostly so we were protected. We had Rachel as our guide and she seemed kind and nolageable guiding us to see stingrays, eagle rays, Reef Stars, Sea cucumbers, pi shags, Royal Spoonbill, and many more amazing animals. I loved it and would highly recommend to others when in the Sounds and Picton
    Written 16 December 2023
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  • portiacousins
    Bournemouth, UK98 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    I am so sorry it has taken me so long to review this amazing tour as it really was the highlight of our New Zealand trip. We were picked up by Tanya, our WONDERFUL guide from Marlborough Tour Company. Tanya is so knowledgeable (especially as she previously worked at Cloudy Bay, friendly, helpful and happy to wait while we take photos or take photos of us! We adore her!

    We start at Cloudy Bay where we sample fizzy, white and red before a look round the winery (and some shopping of course!). We then head to Framingham Winery where we sample six different wines before being taken to Picton to join the Odyssey and Captain Nick for a BBQ lunch followed by seafood cruise. As we sail around the Marlborough Sounds Captain Nick tells us all about the area before we moor up and he treats us to locally caught salmon and Greenshell mussels on the BBQ, all accompanied by Sauvignon Blanc obvi! We see lots of wildlife and even get to feed the local ducks and fish!

    Tanya, Nick and stewardess Rhonda cannot be more friendly, helpful, kind and knowledgable. We really recommend this trip!
    Written 5 April 2024
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