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Picton Shore Excursion: Marlborough Flyer Train Tour

  • Ride a heritage steam train, the Marlborough Flyer, past scenic landscapes
  • Round-trip train fare and cruise shuttle to railway station included
  • Tour is guided and wheelchair accessible
Picton Shore Excursion: Marlborough Flyer Train Tour
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When your ship pulls into port, board the Marlborough Flyer, a restored heritage steam train, and see two towns in one day. Follow your guide on a scenic rail journey between Picton and Blenheim, where you’ll have free time to explore Marlborough attractions—or sample regional wine—at your leisure. Shuttle and round-trip train fare included.
What to Expect

Departure is from Picton Railway Station, which is conveniently located across the road from the cruise ship shuttle drop off point.

The hour-long Steam Train journey takes you up the challenging and steep elevation out of Picton (1-in-37 slope), through the Para Wetlands, across the Wairau River into the Wairau Valley and through a sea of vineyards into Blenheim.

Disembark at Blenheim Station and explore Blenheim town centre at your leisure (shops, gourmet cafes and restaurants). Walks along the river are also recommended.

The Steam Train will then depart Blenheim for the return journey to Picton where you can spend more time at your leisure until you board the shuttle back to the cruise ship.

TOUR DURATION:  The tour duration is tailored for each cruise ship to maximize time spent enjoying Marlborough and to ensure a timeous return to Picton for your cruise ship departure.

The WWI Memorial steam locomotive was built in 1915 and later named the “Passchendaele”, in memory of the famous 1917 Battle of Passchendaele. 2017 is the centenary anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. The Steam Train consists of carriages from the same WW1 period.

Reviews (30)
1 - 5 of 13 reviews
Reviewed 3 days ago
Trip was nice but a bit chaotic at first

We did this tour from our Cruise ship. When arriving onto the platform for the 10:00 train it was all a bit chaotic. One individual gave out tickets but said sit where you want and that was an issue as not everyone heard him. So...More

Thank Kimberly W
Reviewed 3 weeks ago
A Great Experience

A fantastic way to spend the day in Picton. The train has been restored and is very comfortable. The commentary given on the journey was very informative. The staff did a great job and were always ensuring everyones comfort and safety. The stop at Blenheim...More

1  Thank SydneyBambam
Reviewed 5 weeks ago
It’s just the train ticket

Its a lovely old steam train but there is zero in the way of “tour guide”. It’s pretty much just pre booking a seat on the train. No signage as to where to go at Picton station, the allocated seating is a joke as some...More

Thank PamelaJudy
Reviewed June 19, 2018
Great excursion

We did this steam train ride as a shore excursion from our cruise ship. It was a great little journey to Blenheim and return. We spent a lovely few hours in Blenheim and there was wine tasting on the return journey. Lovely scenery.

2  Thank ALAN B
Reviewed May 31, 2018
Pleasant Surprise

What a fun train ride on this old steam engine. My husband and I had not planed an excursion and were pleasantly surprised to discover the 1915 Marlborough Flyer. We enjoyed the trip to and from Blenheim. People took pictures along the way as the...More

Thank Christy V
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October 6, 2018|
Response from helios5356 | Reviewed this property |
Take your ship's shuttle van that will drop you at the Picton Tourist Info Office. Take any of the vans going into town--they all go to the main drop point of this quite compact village. There will be vans to return you... More
July 19, 2018|
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Response from helios5356 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, easy parking and yes one can travel in one way only. Be sure and get out of those seats and enjoy the view from the platform on the end of the carriage cars.