A self guided tour providing complete freedom of movement! Our biggest advantage is that we never rush you. Take your time and enjoy your stops, just follow our simple bus timetable.

Tastings and lunch are at your own expense and will need to be pre booked due to the volume of clients on these days. Please allow 2 stops per tasting, we have 30 minute stops in case you are needing to leave a place but 30 minutes is not long enough to do a tasting. For lunch please allow 3 stops.

Pick up: Picton i-SITE Tourist information centre (your cruise courtesy shuttle will drop you here). 

Pick up Times: 9.00am, 9.30am, 10.00am, 10.30am, 11.00am, 11.30am

Click here for our map and timetable: https://hoponhopoffwinetours.com/maps/marlborough-cruise-ship/

See below for our list of stops. Contact information has been provided for your convenience. 

1. Fidelio Cafe and Wine bar (021 190 6299)

Open 7 days 10am - 10pm

An European-style café & wine bar featuring a comprehensive wine list, quality coffee, live music and French pastries.

2. Blue Penguin Gifts (sales@bluepenguingifts.co.nz)

Opening hours: 9am - 5pm (except Sundays they open at 10am)

A proudly locally owned and operated store, Blue Penguin New Zealand Gifts is based in Blenheim. They stock a wide range of quality gifts including New Zealand-made jewellery, hand-crafted right here in the shop studio. 

3.  Town Stop - Seymour Square
Only two minutes walk from Blenheim's town centre, the premier park, Seymour Square, is a picturesque park of carefully tended floral gardens, a 16.5 m high historic stone clock tower and a memorial fountain, which offers a spectacular multi-coloured display at night. 

 

4. Marlborough Museum (+64 3 578 1712)
Open 7 days: 10am - 3pm Entry by Donation ( Suggested $10 )
Located in Brayshaw Heritage Park, the Marlborough Museum is known for its wine exhibition and Wairau Boulder Bank including the famous Jim Eyles Collection. 

 

4b.  Brayshaw Heritage Park (brayshawheritagepark@gmail.com)
Opening times vary for each exhibit.
Established in 1968, Brayshaw is home to a number of organisations including the Marlborough Historical Society, Marlborough Vintage Farm Machinery, The Vintage Car Club of NZ and many more. It is dedicated to the preservation of Marlborough. 

 

5. Omaka Classic Cars (info@omakaclassiccars.co.nz)
Open Friday - Sunday: 11am - 3:30pm.
Omaka Classic Cars hosts a unique collection of New Zealand vehicles that were popular during the 1950-1980 period, along with some special additions. See over 100 vintage vehicles. 

 

6. Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre (+64 3 579 1305)
Open 7 days: 9am - 4pm.
Two fascinating collections of rare aircraft brought to life in powerful displays featuring memorabilia and lifelike mannequins created by internationally famous Weta Workshop at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Includes a cafe. 

 

7. Wither Hills (info@witherhills.co.nz)
Open 7 days a week - opening times vary based on appointments. Bookings required.
They take their name from the landmark Wither Hills range that borders the vineyards and produce under the philosophy that the finest wines are always created from exceptional vineyards. Excellent lunch stop in their restaurant. 
Tastings: $10 - $14

 

 8. Rimapere Cellar Door & Vineyards  () or (cellardoor@rimapere.com)

Open Monday – Friday: 10am – 4pm.
Only 8 passenger may hop off at one time.
Baron Benjamin de Rothschild has created his own Sauvignon Blanc. The vineyard is ideally situated in the heart of the Marlborough region named Rimapere, meaning “five arrows” in Māori, and simultaneously honours the Rothschild’s family coat of arms and traditional New Zealand culture. Come and enjoy a tasting of the Edmond de Rothschild range in our lovely garden setting amongst the vines.

 

9. The Fancy Cow Restaurant/Winery/Brewery (+64 3 242 6260) or (enquiries@thefancycow.nz)
Open Wednesday – Sunday 12pm – 5pm
Delicious Italian food, great views of Marlborough and an energetic atmosphere, The Fancy Cow restaurant and pizza oven has something for everyone.Sample Ant Moore Wines at their Marlborough Vintners Cellar Door. Using a combination of traditional techniques and modern winemaking practices Ant Moore has crafted a range of wines with balance and character are great for everyone to drink.

 Tastings: $10 for five wines of the Collection Choice

 

10.  Hunters Wines (wine@hunters.co.nz+64 3 572 8803

Open Wednesday - Sunday: 10am - 4pm. Bookings preferred. No more than 8 clients may hop off at one time. 
Hunters Wines is located in the original farmhouse and with renovations in 2017, has retained the farmhouse, villa characteristics. They offer wine tastings inside as well as in the picturesque gardens. 

Tastings: $15 for 6 wines



11. Saint Clair Family Estate (+64 3 570 5280) or (cellardoor@saintclair.co.nz)
Open Wednesday – Sunday: 11am – 4pm.  Bookings required
Full Kitchen Menu Available: 11:30am – 2:45pm, Light Options Available: 2:45pm onwards.

Enjoy a locally sourced lunch in the middle of the vines and some of the best wine Marlborough has to offer. St. Clair’s mission is to create world-class wines that exceed their customers every expectation. 

Tastings: $7 for flight of 3 wines.
$10 for a hosted experience of Saint Clair’s best and most awarded wines.
HoHo Special! – 10% OFF when dining for lunch, or for wine purchases. 

 

12. Makana Confections (bsales@makana.co.nz)Open 7 days: 9am - 5:30pm. 
Makana Chocolate are manufacturers of gift quality chocolate at this boutique factory.

  

13. Moa Brewery (mark@moabeer.com)
Open Wednesday - Sunday 12 noon - 7pm. 
Visit the award winning Moa Brewery and enjoy the view from a beautiful patio along with a tasting from their range of craft beers. Founded in 2003, Moa is one of the pioneers of craft beer in NZ and continues to produce a broad range of beers and ciders.
HOHO Special! 20% discount on tastings and flights

  

14. Cloudy Bay (info@cloudybay.co.nz
Open 7 Days 10am to 4pm. Bookings preferred.
A stunning  prestige vineyard with delightful wines. Famous for its Cloudy Bay Pelorus Methode Traditionelle. Perfect for a tasting and soaking up the sun in their gardens. Hosts a Raw Bar where you can sample local oysters.
Tastings: $20 

  

15Allan Scott (info@allanscott.co.nz)
Open Wednesday - Sunday: 10AM to 5PM. Bookings preferred. No more than 8 clients may hop off here at any one time. 
Allan Scott has exclusive wines and gifts, relaxing dining indoors or out, delicious seasonal menu and giant chess.
Tastings: Pay at the end for your tastings, 1/2 glass or full glass. 

 

16. Jackson Estate (021 860813) (jacksonestate@bentonwines.co.nz)
Open Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00am - 4:30pm. Bookings required.

100 percent kiwi-owned, with total respect for our land and focusing on low cropping levels, small batch fermentation, single vineyard fruits and minimal winemaking intervention. 
Tastings - From $10

 

17. Runway Cafe (therunwaystore@outlook.com)
Open Tuesday - Friday: 7am - 3pm and Saturday/Sunday: 8:30am - 3:30pm
A cool cafe with a big plane outside and a full bar inside! The Runway Cafe was founded in 2019 by local owners. Serving up local and regional fare in addition to ‘Sublime’ coffee. In the back yard stands an historic aircraft, The Argosy, which is the only one in the world. For a small donation an inflight experience can be had between 10am - 4pm Tuesday - Sunday.

 

 

18. Spy Valley Wines (info@spyvalley.co.nz)
Open Monday - Friday 10:30am - 4:30pm. Bookings preferred. 

Seek Spy, find why. Award winning, sustainably crafted wines that have captured the unique time and place of every harvest since 1993. A family-owned estate, hidden in the heart of Marlborough New Zealand, one of the world’s purest wine regions. Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and other classic varieties are grown on 210 hectares of pristine vineyards.

Tastings: A selection of 4 Spy Valley Flagship Wines $15 or A selection of 4 ENVOY Reserve Wines $18

 

19. Clos Henri (+64 (0)3 572 7923) or (cellardoor@closhenri.com)

Open Tuesday - Saturday 10am - 4pm. 

Nestled in the foothills of the Wairau Valley, carved by powerful glacial and tectonic forces, the Clos Henri Estate sits upon some the Malrborough's most fascinating soils. Headed by members of the famous wine growing family of Henri Bourgeois, from Sancerre, France, the Estate has been meticulously for sine its establishment in 2000.

Tastings $20

 

20. Woodbourne Tavern  (03 572 8007)
Open daily from 11am till late. 
The Woodbourne Tavern and Motels or “the Woody” as it is known by friends and locals is a family pub and restaurant in the centre of the Renwick community. The Woody’s relaxed and friendly atmosphere makes it a favourite for both locals and visitors. Classic pub grub.

 

21. Cork & Keg  ( 03 572 9328) or (info@corkandkeg.co.nz)
Open Monday - Sunday: 12 noon - late.
The Cork & Keg is an English style tavern, serving beer, cider, wine and great heart food. They boast a warm fire in the winter. They produce award-winning top end, ultra premium ales that enlighten the palate and thrill the senses.

 

22. Gibson Bridge (gibsonbridge@outlook.com)
Open 7 days 12 noon - 4pmBookings preferredDue to the size of the venue, no more than 6 to depart here at any one time. 
A boutique family owned vineyard nurtured on the banks of the fast flowing, alpine fed, Gibson Creek.
Tastings: $5 fee waived on purchase of a bottle

  

23a. Forrest Winery (cellardoor@forrest.co.nz+64 3
Open 7 Days: 10am to 4:30pm. Bookings preferred.
Forrest Winery is a family run establishment since 1988. Situated just outside the town of Renwick with beautiful lush gardens. Be sure to check out the weekend Cellar Door 101 sessions!
Tastings: Tasting tray of 7 wines for $16 (can be shared). Carafe style for large groups.

 

23b. Boom Town Beer Garden (bar@boomtownbeergarden.nz)
Open Friday - Sunday: 12noon till 6pm.
At Boom Town Beer Garden, there's a scene set for you to enjoy the good times with friends and family in a relaxed atmosphere of chilled vibes & great beer (and wines) in the warmth of Marlborough's summer sun. The Garden Kitchen is onsite every day serving up wood-fired pizzas, burgers and more.

 

24. Framingham (+64 3 572 8884) or (cellardoor@framingham.co.nz)

Open 7 Days a week 10:30 - 4:30 pm. Bookings preferred.
Framingham make aromatic styled wines to accompany delicious food. They have won several awards including 2018 New Zealand winery of the year. 
Tastings are $10. Donations to NZ Music Helps are encouraged.


25. Nautilus Winery (sales@nautilusestate.com)
Open daily: 10am - 4:30pm. Bookings preferred.
Enjoy a relaxed and informal wine tasting at Nautilus’ beautifully refurbished cellar door tasting bar. Offering guests a tasting of four wines from a portfolio of current release Nautilus wines.
Tastings: $15 

 

26a. Vines Village (admin@thevinesvillage.co.nz)
Open 7 days from 8am. Closing times vary.
The Vines Village is home to Golden Mile Brewing and Roots Gin. It hosts a cafe and deli all with a lakeside deck in addition to bungalow accommodation.
Beer Tastings: $15 for a 4 beer board. 
Gin tastings: $3.00 for single or $19.50 for 3 gins & bottle of tonic. 

26b. Whitehaven Wines (+64 3 572 7588) 
Open 7 days from 11am - 4:30pm. Bookings preferred. Due to the size of the venue only 11 clients may hop off at any given time.   
Located in the Vines Village, Whitehaven Wines have a singular vision of making wines from 100% Marlborough fruit. Sauvignon Blanc is their speciality! Reservations are encouraged but not essential.
Tastings: $10.

 
Be sure to show your Hop on Hop off wristband at selected stops to claim our great special offers! Click here for more details on specials.
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TERMS & CONDITIONS
Prior to the day: 
This is a self guided tour - All tastings are the guests responsibility and at the guests expense. Some wineries will waiver the tasting fee when purchasing wine. We recommend booking lunch prior to the day and bringing water with you to stay hydrated. 
Please note that we cannot accommodate backpacks, luggage, wheelchairs and large prams on board our buses.
If you would like to book for more than 8 guests please contact us directly.  
Anyone under the age of 18 is welcome, however - to consume alcohol you MUST be over the legal drinking age. You may be asked to produce a Government issued ID to prove your age. A child's tickets can be purchased for those under 13 years. 
On the Day: 
Please be at your pick up stop 15 minutes prior to the departure time. Hop on Hop off does not take any responsibility for lateness. 
We recommend no more than 8 guests hop off at any given winery - this is to ensure a more intimate and enjoyable experience. 
Our buses are not licensed which means alcohol cannot be consumed whilst on the bus. We follow strict duty of care protocols which may result in the stoppage of a guest's tour when not followed. The removal of the offending passenger in the event of consuming alcohol, intoxication or disrespectful behaviour may occur. A fine will be charged for any event which causes cleaning such as spillage or soiling the bus ($200). 

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