Cruise the beautiful Queen Charlotte Sound and visit Peter Jackson’s two outstanding exhibitions at Omaka. Lunch in Picton on Christmas Day and travel down the Kaikoura Coast to stay two nights amid the town’s rugged beauty.

6 Day / 5 Night Tour departing Auckland, spending Christmas in Marlborough, with stays in Picton, Blenheim and Kaikoura

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Auckland - Blenheim - Brancott Estate winery - Queen Charlotte Sound cruise

Cruise Marlborough Sounds - Christmas in Marlborough Tour

Your included flight departs Auckland mid-morning. We celebrate our arrival in Marlborough with a wine tasting and lunch at Brancott Estate and enjoy the expansive views of the Wairau valley. We visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre which features a large collection of First World War flying memorabilia before driving to Picton.

This evening we take a relaxed dinner cruise with wine included to explore the many bays and stunning beauty of Queen Charlotte Sound on a specially chartered boat. We return to Picton in the evening.

What you'll love today
  • Take a guided tour of the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre 
  • Take a dinner cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound

 

Day 2: Picton - Lochmara Lodge Queen Charlotte Sound - Picton

Lochmara Lodge - Christmas in Marlborough Tour

This morning we find out the history of the old sailing ship “Edwin Fox” at the exhibit on the Picton waterfront - from troop carrier to immigrant ship, even convict transporter. 

Then we take the launch to Lochmara Lodge Wildlife Recovery and Art Centre in a beautiful setting on the sound’s edge. Kakariki parakeets fly in for feeding and blue cod swim off the jetty. We lunch at the lodge, returning to Picton in the mid afternoon

What you'll love today
  • Learn all about the Edwin Fox and her chequered history
  • Cruise across the Sound to Lochmara Lodge, Wildlife Recovery and Art Centre

Day 3: Picton - Christmas Lunch - Blenheim

Main street in Blenheim, Marlborough

We breakfast at our hotel and start our Christmas celebrations early at our private lunch with Bill and Margaret McHugh in their Picton lodge.

Later we drive the Grove Track, a favourite spot for holidaymakers to Anakiwa where Outbound Bound is located. Overnight at Scenic Hotel, Blenheim.

What you'll love today
  • Enjoy a relaxed Christmas lunch at a private residence in Picton
  • Visit Anakiwa and the Grove Track

Day 4: Blenheim - Kaikoura

Ocean views from Yealands Winery in Marlborough

Our first stop is Peter Yealand’s winery to drive the perimeter of the vineyard to enjoy the views and Peter’s interesting philosophy.

We lunch at The Store and travel the new Kaikoura Coast highway. We stay two nights at White Morph Inn right on the beachfront in Kaikoura.

What you'll love today
  • Meet one of our most interesting winemakers
  • Visit the seal colony at Ohau Point

Day 5: Kaikoura Coast sightseeing

Views from above of the Kaikoura Peninsula and ranges

We visit Fyffe House, Kaikoura’s oldest house dating back to the whaling days of the 1840s and the seal colony nearby. At the new museum the “New Normal, the Kaikoura Earthquake Exhibition” looks at the quake’s impact on the community.

No visit to Kaikoura is complete without the stunning views and wildlife of the Peninsula lookout.

What you'll love today
  • Kaikoura's dramatic stories, both old and new
  • Stunning views of the Kaikoura ranges and Pacific ocean

Day 6: Kaikoura - Waipara - Christchurch - Auckland

North Canterbury countryside views

We drive back over the Hunderlee Hills to Amberley and the Waipara wine district where we stop for a wine tasting followed by lunch.

This  afternoon we continue on to Christchurch where we tour the city's rebuild zone before arriving at Christchurch airport for your flight to Auckland.

What you'll love today
  • Winery lunch in the Waipara wine region
  • See the fascinating and innovative rebuild of Christchurch first hand

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