Join us on a majestic steam train ride from a bygone era then discover the renowned Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.
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, where your shuttle will collect you and take you directly to Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Here, you can choose to enter either WW1 exhibition “Knights of the Sky”, featuring Sir Peter Jackson’s own collection of World War One aircraft and artifacts. Or you can choose to enter the recently opened, WW2 exhibition, “Dangerous Skies.” Please note that your package includes entrance to one of the exhibitions, if you choose to do both, then the second exhibition will be at your additional cost.
Returning to Blenheim Station on a shuttle bus. The Steam Train will then depart Blenheim for the return journey to Picton (75-minutes) where you can spend more time at your leisure until you board your shuttle back to the cruise ship.
TOUR DURATION: We tailor the tour duration for each cruise ship to maximise time spent enjoying Marlborough and to ensure a timeous return to Picton for your cruise ship departure. Please refer to the booking calendar for specific steam train departure and return times.