Wairau Lagoon by Vehicle Scenic Tour

Nature & Heritage Tour to the Wairau Lagoon

A scenic tour by van to the Wairau Lagoon, Marlborough with a natural history commentary from your local guide.

This is the first known point of human occupation in New Zealand by the Polynesian people. Hear from your guide the stories of the resourceful early indigenous settlers and the later arrival of Europeans such as the whalers and cattle drovers. There are many facinating stories to be shared.

A private access road will take you through the Vernon Farm Station, one of Marlborough’s earliest sheep and cattle farms, to the shores of the Wairau Lagoon and Te Koko-o-Kupe, Cloudy Bay. Learn about New Zealand sheep and cattle farming.

Take photos from the scenic lookout at Jamie's Knob which offers magnificent views of the Wairau and Awatere Valleys, Mount Tapuae-o-Uenuku and across the Cook Strait to the North Island.

Enjoy home baking for morning tea before you explore the private beach beneath Te Parinui o Whiti (the towering White Bluffs).

The tour departs in the morning giving you to time to spend the afternoon wine tasting or relaxing.


Four hour tour: NZ$200 per person.


Talk to us about our group rates.


Minimum number: Two.


Maximum number: Eight

Individuals by arrangement.


Departure time: 9.00am


Duration: Four hours from pick up to drop off.




Free transfers from Blenheim area, Picton by arrangment $70 return.


Level of fitness:
Low level of fittness required.



What to bring:

Warm jacket and hat

Sun protection in the Summer

Sturdy shoes especailly if you would like to have a short guided walk

A water bottle






Wairau Bluffs, Marlborough, New Zealand
Beach walk

Comfortable air conditioned 4x4 van

Historic House, Marlborough, New Zealand
One of the oldest homesteads in Marlborough

Friendly fantail in the conservation forest
Friendly fantail in the conservation forest

Photographic opportunities on this scenic tour
Photographic opportunities

Before booking this tour we recommend that you email us to check availability.

 "Will was extremely professional, hospitable and informative". Rachael T, Brooklyn, New York.


Times are an example only:

9.00am Pick up and safety and environmental briefing before departing on your scenic tour.

9.30am Drive to the Vernon Station past one of the oldest homesteads in Marlborough.

9.45am Weather permitting drive to the look out point of Jamie's knob taking in views of the Wairau, Awatere and Cloudy Bay to the North Island. Your guide will point our the landmarks.

10.00am Drive to the foot of the White Bluff for morning tea of homemade muffin and tea or coffee. Hear stories of the early settlers.

10.30pm Take a guided walk with your guide into the conservation reserve and learn about the wildlife and the plants.

12.15pm Return to Blenheim along the edge of the Wairau Lagoon.

1.00pm Drop off at Blenheim or Picton and farewell.


• Private access via farm road. Get off the crowded tourist route.
• Your own knowledgeable and qualified driver.
• Comfortable 4WD air conditioned van with intercom.
• A general history of the area including Polynesia and European settlement.
• Suited to any level of fitness.
• Binoculars, hiking sticks and reference books.
• One tree will be planted to offset our carbon foot print.
•Morning tea. Food requirements are catered for.
View from Jamie's knob over the Awatere Valley
View from Jamie's knob over the Awatere Valley

Before booking this tour we recommend that you email or ring us to check availability.