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Marlborough Flyer Steam Train Tour

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Board an authentic heritage steam train for an unparalleled ride from Picton through the beautiful New Zealand countryside to the town of Blenheim nestled in the center of the country's blossoming wine industry.

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. You'll have at least 2 and a half hours to 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! Enjoy access to an optional complimentary shuttle bus exclusively for train passengers, departing from Blenheim Railway Station (The Wine Station) to the world-class Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, which showcases WW1 and WW2 aircraft and artifacts.

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.

This popular tour sells out fast, space is limited! Sign up today save your seat on the memorable Marlborough Flyer.

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from $115.00 (USD)
Per Person
Tour Type
Group Size
Activity Type(s)
Cultural, Scenic
Tour Duration
5 Hours
Activity Level
Tour Leaves From
An approximately 10 minute shuttle (complimentary) is required to reach your departure location.
Food/Beverage Provided
Not included.
Special Instructions
We recommend wearing comfortable, seasonal clothing with walking shoes. Hat, sunglasses and sunscreen are also recommended.
Guests must be able to get in and out of transportation (train). This tour can accommodate a collapsible wheelchair. Children ages 3 and under may attend the tour free of charge, provided they are seated on a parent's lap.