This off-the-beaten-track tour is specially designed for traveling by private mini-coach, and you’ll explore an area that few New Zealanders visit.
From Picton drive out past Karaka Point, where you will have your first panoramic views over Port Underwood--one of the Marlborough Sounds. Steeped in early Maori and European history, Port Underwood was where the South Island Maori chiefs met to sign the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, and where an Anglican missionary established the second mission church in the South Island. Later, whaling became the dominant industry of the Port Underwood area and was largely based at Oyster and Kakapo Bays until early last century.
The winding Port Underwood road will reward you with many spectacular coastal views and provide you with a glimpse of how the New Zealand countryside used to look a generation ago.
Stop for refreshments at a local farmlet in Oyster Bay, where you will have a chance to chat with some of the local people who now make their livelihood from mussel farming and agriculture.
Continue past Ocean Bay, Robin Hood Bay and Whites Bay to Rarangi, before joining the main highway at Tuamarina and returning to Picton.
There will be time to do some last-minute shopping along the main street of Picton before re-boarding the ship.