The Marlborough Flyer operates for most of the year except winter, check this link for stunning pictures, timetables and tour options
Alternately if you just want to observe it and take pictures like these (click image to see video)
Click this map for the best viewing locations, Argyle Street (last one on the left heading out of town, park before the rail crossing) or Garden Terrace off the end of Devon Street, (go past the viaduct and look back at it)
This one of the great attractions of Marlborough
More information can be found below,
You can sample excellent wines and at many of the wineries indulge in first class cuisine, this is after all the reason for coming to Marlborough.
You can choose a tour see below, or explore yourself.
The best place to start is Wine Marlborough and follow their map, which you can download. On the back are listed the wineries, with address and contact details. If you plan on eating it is definitely recommended to make a reservation.
My favorites for vineyard dining are :
Hans Herzog Estate
Rock Ferry Wines
Saint Clare Vineyard Kitchen
Wairau River Wines
Wither Hills Winery
Fine Tours New Zealand
Marlborough Wine Tours
Waterways and Wine
This one is good if you only have one day and want to combine a morning boat trip on the sounds and an afternoon wine tour with one operator taking care of everthing.
Cruise the Marlborough Sounds, enjoy brunch at the luxury Bay of Many Coves resort, then visit the best of Marlborough’s world-famous wineries.
One of the worlds great regions for fine wine, food, and goodies like chocolate.
Here is a circuit for a shopping trip.
Pataka The Foodstore, Selmes Road, off Raupara Rd. A gourmet deli, excellent local cheeses can be found here, (try the Cranky Goat Smoked Goats Cheese).
Makana Chocolate, corner Rapaura & O’Dwyers Roads.
BV Gourmet, centre of Blenheim.
Picton is very small and most places are just a walking distance,
The main streets are London Quay, Wellington Street and High Street, most of the Bars, Pubs, Cafes and Restaurants are located here.
Corner of London Quay & High Street is Cafe Cortado and on the opposite corner is the Seabreeze Cafe & Bar
Walk down London Quay and pass Le Cafe, a bar, cafe restaurant, sometimes with live music.
Next, on the corner with Wellington Street is Oxley’s Bar and Kitchen.
Along Wellington Street there is Seumus’s Irish Bar and then Escape to Picton.
A little way up High Street is Gusto’s, (excellent for breakfasts), and one block further up is Plaza India Bistro and Tandoor.
For the basics,
a good local baker is Picton Village Bakkerij
and for groceries, wine and beer, there is Fresh Choice supermarket at the top of High Street
For the best and freshest seafood, Ngamahau Fisheries in Kent Street, only open Thursdays and Fridays, they are busy fishing on other days.