Tours and Tickets by Your Local Chauffeur
Full-Day Wine Gourmet and Scenic Delight Tour of Marlborough from Blenheim
Embark on a culinary journey through the heart of New Zealand’s wine country on this full-day tasting tour of Marlborough. Set out to explore the picturesque vineyards of the Wairau Valley, stopping along the way to visit local wineries, enjoy wine tasting and sample delicious local treats like cheese, chocolates, seasonal fruits and honey. This small-group tour includes hotel pick-up and round-trip transport from Blenheim.
Private Onshore:Marlborough's Wine and Gourmet from Picton: Vehicle 2 of 6 seats
The Port of Picton in the Queen Charlotte Sound welcomes cruise ships through-out the season. Just 25 minutes south of Picton. Your Local Chauffeur takes you on a scenic journey to enjoy the famous Marlborough wines. Your personal tour offers great flexibility to combine your favourite requests with Your Local Chauffeur's recommendations of the area. Enjoy a full wine tour experience or mix with other Marlborough gourmet and local attractions. You can opt for a non-wine tour if you wish. Exciting options you could consider: a visit to an award-winning garden, renowned local artists’ galleries, and the opportunity to see pet sheep, alpaca, goats and kune kune. Omaka Aviation Centre too. Some activities must be booked in advance so please message us on options you would like to visit. Some entry fees will apply.
5 to 6 hours
Shore Excursion: Highlights of Marlborough Wine Region from Picton
This day trip from Picton Harbour offers a scenic journey for cruise ship passengers to the Marlborough wine region. A guide chauffeurs you to each cellar door, with time to visit several wineries; tasting fees included. This small-group shore excursion is limited to 11 passengers, with minivan transport provided from Queen Charlotte Sound to Blenheim.
Full-Day Wine Gourmet and Scenic Delight Tour of Marlborough from Picton
Focus on two of Marlborough's top delights—the wine and the scenery—on this full-day tour from Picton. With convenient round-trip transportation provided, you'll be able to keep your eyes on the rolling hills dotted with vineyards instead of on the road. You'll travel with a small group of six people or fewer, which guarantees personalized attention from your guide and an intimate atmosphere.
Private Wine Gourmet and Scenic Delights Tour from Picton
Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine region and a renowned foodie hotspot. Customize your itinerary on this private tour from Picton and taste an array of regional delicacies, sweet treats, and fine wines. Optional activities include a visit to the Omaka Air Museum, a tour of a local brewery, a cruise around the Marlborough Sounds, and many more.
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We had a beautiful day for our Marlborough wine tour. We visited 3 quite different wineries which all produced excellent New Zealand Sauvignon Blancs, Pinot Noirs and other varietals. There were wines for everyone's taste buds. Some I loved, some I didn't but I appreciated…
My husband and I had a fabulous day with Pamela. She was very entertaining and we learnt a lot about the local wine industry. We visited six vineyards and had five food tastings. It was definitely a day to remember.
We recently went on a wine tasting with Pamela - the owner of the company and it was such a great experience. We found her trough TripAdvisor – She actually does not only do a chauffeur service, but really is giving you a behind the scenes tour personalized based on your…
I booked a PRIVATE wine gourmet tour with SCENIC DELIGHTS for 6 people. When we arrived for our tour the company said they added 2 more to our tour That in itself didn’t bother me but we traveled a half hour to pick up these extra guests which cut into our time. When our tour…
Response from Pamela M, Owner at Your Local Chauffeur
Responded Feb 8, 2020
Hi Liz I am taking this time to correct you in your false allegations about my company. I appreciate my marketing managers liason with you on email as he was as diplomatic as he could be with you. However when people write a review I do not have your name and he was too quick to respond to you without checking with me who you were. Any confusion on his reply to you please disregard and find the correct facts below. I cannot take the same tact with you considering what happened on that day was from your own doing. It was explained very clearly to you that you booked the wrong tour (YOU CAN SEE THAT FROM THE TITLE OF THE TOUR) only for the reason to save money. Cruise tours are different and require a lot more administration and work on the day. There-fore the cost is an additional $350 that you did not pay to warrant a private cruise tour for 1-6 people. You have been sent the two comparisons links by my marketing manager that I gave to him to forward to you. I will not advertise these on TA review page but you do have them. Although you booked a 'private tour' it was not a cruise tour private tour rate. It was much less even that a group tour rate. In answer to this for you to enjoy your tour I did ask your permission to add two more people to your tour. You did agree. I did contact you prior to the tour date that you had booked the wrong tour and there were additional funds to pay if you wished to still take the tour. ( I did not ask you for extra funds by the way!) Your rate only covered a group tour and actually less than a group tour rate. The reason that I wished two more people to join who to your knowledge had also booked a private tour and the correct tour from town. They were on the same tour that you actually booked. So there will be no argument with you as you have blatantly given a bad name to my excellent company that has had magnificent reviews over the last 6 years. THE REQUEST TO WITHDRAW YOUR REVIEW IS NOW IN CONTEST AND I WILL REPORT YOUR REVIEW WITH EVIDENCE. I have certainly checked with Larissa your driver on the days events and the only antagonism came from you personally. Might I remind you of those days events.... You agreed to another two joining the tour. The journey to pick them up only took an additional 10 minutes as we do know the km into town. You were on time for your first wine tasting! The couple were lovely all day long and only mentioned their opinion of your actions as being distasteful on such a lovely day. They were in no way demanding other than to say that they had been to Nautilus the day before. Nautilus was not on our itinerary for the day. One winery was changed on the day to Hans Herzog where this is such a special visit and additional cost to me for tasting that I am happy to offer at any time. The ETD of your ship was changed and any confusion where you wish to blame would be with Picton I Site and the Port. We have to adhere strictly to their schedule times. 3:00 pm was given to us three times by Picton I Site, Port Schedule printed copy and the Shuttle drivers. With a phone call to I Site later in the day by Larissa and myself they then confirmed to us that you needed to return by 2:30 pm. I would agree that you have always had 3:00 pm as your return time on your own records. THIS WAS NOT CORRECT ON THE DAY ITSELF. The ship has the right to change times at any time. DO NOT blame my driver or myself in this instance. You were very rude to Larissa on the day and that is unacceptable to me as she is one of the top drivers in the region having had over 15 years experience. Had I been your driver I would have arranged you to go back to the ship immediately on the Hop On Hop Off Bus. I deeply regret having you spoil a beautiful day for my driver who always bends over backwards to please everyone. On meeting you I could see the nature of your ways. I spoke to one of your party once again at Saint Clair to explain once more to you that YOU BOOKED THE WRONG TOUR AND EITHER SHOULD HAVE PAID THE ADDITIONAL AMOUNT TO HAVE THE VEHICLE FOR YOURSELF. OR....NOT TO MAKE SUCH A FUSS TO RUIN THE DAY FOR OTHERS. As requested by VM by email and now myself I ask you to withdraw this review. Or change it to 5 starts to which it deserves! His kind offer to you for any compensation no longer applies and that comes from me the OWNER OF THIS GREAT BUSINESS TO WHICH I AM VERY PROUD..
My husband and I had the pleasure of a private tour with Paul, he was so kind and genuine. Our cruise ship took an unexpected stop in Picton so we had to book last minute once we arrived. They kindly accommodated us and Paul showed us so many beautiful sites and wineries, also…