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5 Day Explore Wellington and Marlborough Tour

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5 Day Explore Wellington and Marlborough Tour
5 Day Explore Wellington and Marlborough Tour
5 Day Explore Wellington and Marlborough Tour
5 Day Explore Wellington and Marlborough Tour

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Start your adventure in 'the coolest little capital' Wellington with a tour of Weta Workshop followed by a three course dinner. See the best of the city on a highlights tour and experience New Zealand's native birds when you visit Zealandia. You'll then head to the stunning Marlborough Sounds to sample some of the region's best wine and scenery. 

The approximate total driving distance and time for this itinerary is: 25 kms / 16 miles, 0.3 hours

You can expect to spend around NZ$4 in fuel cost on this itinerary based on an intermediate sized car.

 

Day 1

Arrive into Wellington tonight enjoy a tour of Weta Studios and a 3 course dinner

Private transfer Wellington airport to hotel

You will be met on arrival into Wellington airport and transferred to your hotel.

An Evening with Weta and Coco

An Evening with Weta and Coco
An Evening with Weta and Coco
An Evening with Weta and Coco
An Evening with Weta and Coco

Movie magic and fine food awaits. You will journey from the Wellington CBD to Weta Studio Tours for an extended Weta Cave Workshop Tour. Afterwards, you'll head to CoCo at the Roxy for a delicious three-course meal, concluding with a night drive back to central Wellington. Bring your appetite for film and food!

Your accommodation - Bolton Hotel Wellington

Style: Hotel 4 star

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 3 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 2-5 mins
  • Parking: valet paid parking NZ$20-NZ$30 per 24 hrs
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Breakfast service available
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Kitchen/kitchenette in room
  • Hairdryer
  • Swimming pool
  • Gym/fitness centre
Bolton Hotel Wellington
Bolton Hotel Wellington
Bolton Hotel Wellington
Bolton Hotel Wellington
 

Day 2

A morning tour of Wellington and then visit Zelandia

City Highlights Inspiration Half Day Tour

City Highlights Inspiration Half Day Tour
City Highlights Inspiration Half Day Tour
City Highlights Inspiration Half Day Tour
City Highlights Inspiration Half Day Tour

Enjoy an intimate small group tour looking at the unique aspects of the World's Coolest Little Capital. Drive through Courtenay Place and Oriental Parade and head up Mt Victoria for spectacular views of the City and Harbour. Then travel the stunning rugged coastline, now a marine reserve, stopping along the way to taste some famous Wellington coffee. Return to the central city for a drive through the quirky Cuba Street district and along Lambton Quay, the main shopping street for a chance to ride the famous Wellington Cable Car.

Zealandia Karori Sanctuary

Zealandia Karori Sanctuary
Zealandia Karori Sanctuary
Zealandia Karori Sanctuary
Zealandia Karori Sanctuary

Welcome to the world's first fully-fenced urban ecosanctuary - a conservation success and safe haven for some of New Zealand's rarest native animals. Remarkable species of birds, reptiles, insects and more are living wild within a beautiful 225ha (one square mile) valley - just 10 minutes from central Wellington. Around 40 native and endemic species of birds can be found at Zealandia. Kākā - the playful forest parrots - have made an impressive comeback to the area and are lots of fun to watch at their supplementary feeder stations. Endangered hihi (stitchbird), tīeke (saddleback), kākāriki and kiwi are flourishing here and the pair of critically threatened takahē are often seen at the wetlands. Zealandia provides routes for everyone from wheelchair-users to all-day trampers. You can choose from various fascinating guided tours and feeding talks (all free with admission), or simply roam at your leisure to find the valley's remarkable native wildlife living free. The scenic cafe Rata, is a great place refreshments before or after your walk. Zealandia is open every day except Christmas Day from 10am to 5pm, last entry is at 4pm. You can catch the free shuttle from various Wellington locations including outside the i-SITE and Te Papa.

Your accommodation - Bolton Hotel Wellington

Style: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast

 

Day 3

A morning cruise across Cook Straight before heading into the Marlborough Sounds

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Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Interislander Ferry Wellington to Picton with exclusive access to the Premium Plus Lounge

Interislander Ferry Wellington to Picton with exclusive access to the Premium Plus Lounge
Interislander Ferry Wellington to Picton with exclusive access to the Premium Plus Lounge
Interislander Ferry Wellington to Picton with exclusive access to the Premium Plus Lounge
Interislander Ferry Wellington to Picton with exclusive access to the Premium Plus Lounge

The 92 km journey between Wellington and Picton takes around 3 hours and has been described as 'one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world'. Leaving Wellington Harbour you pass many interesting points such as Pencarrow Head on top of which is New Zealand's oldest lighthouse (1859). Red Rocks is home to a seal colony and Oterangi Bay is the site which recorded the country's highest ever wind speed of 268 kph (167 mph). From the Cook Strait, spectacular views of the Kaikoura Ranges on the South Island can be enjoyed and dolphins and many sea birds are often seen.

Around one hour of the cruise takes you through the Marlborough Sounds - and this region of bush covered mountains, small islands, crystal clear waters and secluded bays is a remarkable photographic opportunity. At the end of Queen Charlotte Sound the cruise comes to an end in the picturesque town of Picton.

When you're not out on the deck enjoying the amazing views, you can retreat to the exclusive premium plus lounge which is the most comfortable and relaxing way to travel across the Cook Strait. You'll enjoy complimentary beverages, light snacks, lunch or breakfast, internet access, magazines and newspapers and the most comfortable seating, so you can sit back and enjoy the journey.

Seafood Odyssea Cruise

Seafood Odyssea Cruise
Seafood Odyssea Cruise
Seafood Odyssea Cruise
Seafood Odyssea Cruise

Enjoy the sights and sounds of the Queen Charlotte Sound with seemingly endless bays and coves to explore and different scenery around each corner. Seafood Odyssea Cruise offers a unique range of sightseeing, birdlife, wildlife and a look at Aquaculture (the growing of fresh seafood). Learn about the Marlborough Sounds area, the local seafoods grown and enjoy a fabulous seafood tasting on board matched to stunning Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Your accommodation - Bay of Many Coves Resort

Style: Luxury Lodges & hotels

Meals included: Breakfast, Dinner

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 10 am
  • Restaurant on site
  • Breakfast service available
  • Kitchen/kitchenette in room
  • Hairdryer
  • Laundry facilities: On site
  • Swimming pool
Bay of Many Coves Resort
Bay of Many Coves Resort
Bay of Many Coves Resort
Bay of Many Coves Resort
 

Day 4

Discover the delightful wines of Marlborough on a half day wine tour

Driving distance and time: 25 kms / 16 miles : 0.3 hours

 

Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Cougar Line Shared Transfer - Marlborough Sounds to Picton

Return to Picton by Cougar Line scheduled water taxi today via the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. Stop at a number of pick up/drop off points en route.

Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday

Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday
Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday
Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday
Today collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday

Collect your rental vehicle for your Fine Tours New Zealand holiday.  You can choose from an extensive range of late model cars and 4WD vehicles, from Europcar, Budget or Hertz.

GPS navigation system

Use the latest GPS technology as you tour New Zealand. Your portable GPS features a simple touch screen interface with automatic route calculation and turn-by-turn voice-prompted directions including street name announcement. The automotive-grade GPS unit is easy to use and has multiple language options.

Picton to Blenheim

Picton to Blenheim
Picton to Blenheim
Picton to Blenheim
Picton to Blenheim

Only short 30 minute drive, you’ll follow the valley south to arrive in Blenheim, located in the heart of Marlborough - New Zealand’s largest wine producing region. Go through acres of leafy green vines and marvel at the magnificent ‘dry hills’ of Marlborough in the distance.

Sounds Connection Half Day Wine Tour

Sounds Connection Half Day Wine Tour
Sounds Connection Half Day Wine Tour
Sounds Connection Half Day Wine Tour
Sounds Connection Half Day Wine Tour

An afternoon among the vines! Be immersed in the Marlborough wine country with the Sounds Connection half day wine tour. You'll be collected from your accommodation and taken through three or four hand-picked wineries to taste the award-winning produce this region is known for. You'll also hear about the history of winemaking in Marlborough as well as learning the unique processes each winery goes through. A lunch stop is not included in this tour so we do advise you have something to eat prior to this activity. 

Your accommodation - Chateau Marlborough

Style: Hotel 4 star

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation features

  • Check in time: 2 pm
  • Check out time: 11 am
  • Walk time to shops/restaurants: 1-2 mins
  • Parking: onsite free parking
  • Internet facilities: In room free access
  • Restaurant on site
  • Bar on site
  • Tea/coffee facilities in room
  • Kitchen/kitchenette in room
  • Laundry facilities: On site
  • Swimming pool
Chateau Marlborough
Chateau Marlborough
Chateau Marlborough
Chateau Marlborough
 

Day 5

Depart Blenheim today for your onward travel to Wellington and beyond

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Times are based on averages for this specific route and allow for stops. Use these times as guidelines and to assist in the planning for your day.

 

Rental Car drop off Blenheim Airport

Drop your vehicle at the Blenheim airport depot today.

Air New Zealand flight Blenheim to Wellington

 
 
price from
NZ$ 2,760.00 pp (small car, low season - details)

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