Steam Train & Tour

  • Steam train on track
  • Marlborough vineyards
  • Two women in deck chairs drinking wine
  • Close up of steam train on track
  • Steam train going past

Steam Train & Tour

Cruise ship passengers are invited to join us on a majestic steam train ride from a bygone era. The WWI Memorial steam locomotive was built in 1915 and later named the “Passchendaele”, in memory of the famous 1917 Battle of Passchendaele. 2017 is the centenary anniversary of the Battle of Passchendaele. The steam train consists of carriages from the same WW1 period.

Departure is from Picton Railway Station which is conveniently located across the road from the cruise ship shuttle drop off point. The 50-minute journey from Picton to Blenheim will include the challenging climb out of Picton on a 1-in-37 slope, the fourth steepest rail in New Zealand.

Disembark at Blenheim Station and enjoy a tour of the beautiful Marlborough region. Choose from a range of tours, including:

Luxury Wine Tour by sedan

Wine Tour by coach

Art, Garden & Scenic Tour

Town & Country Tour

Wings, Wheels & Wines Tour

Gourmet Wine & Food Tour

See our Private Tours page and Group Tours page for full tour options and email us to arrange the details.

At the end of the tour passengers will be transported back to Picton township.


Tour Overview

4-6 hours
See the FAQs section for departure times

Email us so we can put together your personalised tour.

1 December 2017 - April 2018
Vintage steam train & coach/sedan

Train Departure Times 


We are smoke free
At Marlborough Tour Company, we’re dedicated to ensuring the comfort and safety of our guests, as well as their enjoyment of the stunning natural environment that surrounds us. We are also committed to environmentally sustainable practises. For these reasons, all Marlborough Tour Company vehicles and cruise vessels are smoke free.
Thank you for your cooperation.


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