Marlborough Flyer Steam Train Tour
When cruising to Picton, take the opportunity to come ashore and find out why this port has been voted the 3rd best cruise destination in Australasia in 2017.
Step back in time as you climb onboard the Marlborough Flyer, a heritage steam train powered by Passchendaele, a 1915 WWI Memorial steam locomotive. You will feel transported to a bygone era while in the train's restored WWI-era carriages as you leave Picton on a challenging climb that is the 4th steepest rail in New Zealand.
Ride past rolling hills, through tunnels and more on the 50-minute journey as you make your way to Blenheim where you will have ample time to explore the town at your leisure. Be provided with at least 2.5 hours and stroll along the river, shop for souvenirs or enjoy delicious, world-class cuisine in one of the many gourmet cafes and restaurants. While here make sure to sample one of the area's world-famous wines!
Upon your return to Picton, approximately 90-minutes via the steam train, you will have more time to for exploring this beautiful little seaport which is located at the head of the Queen Charlotte Sound. Return at your leisure to your cruise ship via the handy shuttle.
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My second favorite tour in New Zealand after the Hobbiton Express excursion. The wooden, steam train is over 100 years old and a classic! Riding through the Marlborough wine country, seeing the lush, green countryside; the sheep, deer and other animals; the vineyards. Enjoyed a complimentary glass of wine from the region. We then enjoyed shopping at the town of Blenheim, about an hour away, then the return trip to Picton. Woul love to do this again!
Reviewer: Carol Roden
Great Fun!! However, the layover in town before the return had most of the shops closed.