Half Day Marlborough Wine Trail

Year round, departing Wellington: This fantastic day out from Wellington cruises you across Cook Strait on the Interislander to the heart of New Zealand's renowned Marlborough wine district for a half day wine tasting!

Enjoy a Wellington day out with a difference and do a Marlborough wine tasting with Interislander


Find time for New Zealand's finest wine!

Travel from Wellington to Marlborough on our Cook Strait ferry for a relaxing day out wine tasting in New Zealand's premier wine district around Blenheim.

Your New Zealand wine experience will begin with a relaxing morning cruising across the Cook Strait on the Interislander ferry. Then you will be given a personalised tour of Marlborough's world-renowned winemakers - and there are dozens to choose from - by our partners, Sounds Connection.

Marlborough is renowned for producing an unmistakable fruit-driven style of Sauvignon Blanc considered by many to be the best in the world. More recently, Marlborough has transformed the Pinot Noir market with a distinctly fruity version of this Burgundy classic. But, of course, it doesn't stop there - all the best wineries grow and produce a diverse range of stunning wines. Your Sounds Connection host will provide you with a list of wineries and help you pick the best cellar doors for your tastes. 



  • Adult: From $166 per adult
  • Child: From $92 per child
  • Infant: No charge for infants





08:15 am

Arrive at the Interislander terminal for check-in.

09:00 am

Depart Wellington on the Interislander Cook Strait ferry.

12:30 pm

Arrive in Picton and wander along Picton Foreshore, with its curving sandy beach and swaying palm trees.

1:00 pm

Meet your Sounds Connection tour guide outside the Picton Ferry Terminal.

1:30 pm

Immerse yourself in the heart of the vineyards! You will be taken on a tour by your local and experienced guide, through Marlborough's wine region where you will visit four or five wineries.

5:30 pm

The Wine Tour concludes.

6:00 pm

Check-in at Picton Ferry Terminal for your return sailing to Wellington.

6:45 pm

Depart from Picton on the Interislander Cook Strait ferry

9:55 pm

Arrive in Wellington.


* Please note:

  •  This itinerary may change for unforeseen circumstances.
  •  A lunch stop is not included on this tour, so we do recommend that you have something prior to joining us either on board the ferry or at one of the many cafes in Picton.
  •  Should your ferry be running late and not arrive into Picton until the departure time of the tour (1.15pm), your Sounds Connection guide will collect you from outside the Ferry Terminal (we will have a sign with your name on it to help you identify us). If possible we would appreciate a phone call from you if you know that your ferry is running late.


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