Planes, Wines and Automobiles in Picton
Picton, New Zealand
- Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum: Transport yourself to the early 1900s at this vintage aviation museum and see what life was like for WWI fighter pilots.
- Omaka Classic Cars Museum: Motor over to this museum showcasing over 100 classic cars, all of which have contributed to the New Zealand way of life.
- Spy Valley Vineyard: Explore Waihopai Valley, the area's premier wine growing region, and sample award-winning wine at this architecturally stunning vineyard.
About This Picton Tour
By 1918, the infamous German fighter pilot known as the Red Baron had already secured his place in history. At only 25, he'd been credited with downing 80 enemy aircraft. Perhaps he'd come to believe in his own immortality when he daringly flew behind enemy lines in pursuit of his target in April of that year. But Allied troops were ready and an Australian gunner promptly shot him down, with the Baron's red Fokker triplane crashing dramatically in a field.
Imagine what it was like in the field that day when Australian soldiers picked through the wreckage in search of information and memorabilia. If you have trouble picturing it, a visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Blenheim will clear things up. The scene is one of many depicted in life-size dioramas designed and built by historians and set designers under the watchful eye of aviation enthusiast Peter Jackson.
Jackson, the Oscar-winning director of the Lord of the Rings films is a native New Zealander and an avid collector of vintage WWI aircraft. He spearheaded this acclaimed museum, which is ranked among the top in the South Pacific. With more than 20 realistic exhibits and dioramas, it provides fascinating insight into the lives of fighter pilots in the early 20th century.
More adventurous visitors are encouraged to don WWI pilot goggles and ride along in a vintage aircraft over the spectacular Marlborough wine region. You can even bring along a red scarf.
The Red Baron's notorious blood relative
Although Manfred von Richthofen – the Red Baron – never had children, one of his brother's reported offspring stole the headlines in recent years. Suzane von Richtofen, was convicted of bludgeoning her parents to death in Brazil and is currently serving a 40-year sentence for murder. Although the German von Richtofen family denies any link, it gives new meaning to the words "blood relative."
Please exit the gangway area or go to the end of the tender pier drop-off to meet your guide. Look for our displayed logo sign. Staying at a hotel? Be sure to advise the GoBe Crew so we can meet you in the lobby.
Cruise ship travelers: You may purchase wine and take it to the ship but check the ship's individual policy - you may be able to take it to your cabin or you may have security hold it to be returned to you at the end of the cruise.
Must be able to walk approximately 0.25 mile over varying terrain, inclines and steps.
Cultural, Family Friendly, Food & Wine
Beverages - Wine Tasting
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated mild. To participate fully, you may be required to walk over primarily even surfaces at a leisurely pace. You may encounter a limited number of steps, cobblestones, or uneven surfaces, and you may have to stand for extended periods of time.
Suitable for all ages but you must be 21 years of age and have valid ID to prove your age if you wish to taste wine.
Full refunds issued for cancellations made 7 full days prior to the date and time of requested services. Cancellations made within the 7-day and 72-hour window will receive a 50% refund of purchase total. Purchases are non-refundable inside of 72 hours.
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