Our Story

The story so far

Juliearna Kavanagh came up with the idea in 2010 when she wanted to have a tour where people made their own choices. The initial design was written down on a piece of paper and the idea was born. There was a delayed start, due to earthquakes in Christchurch in 2010 & 2011.  Instead her efforts were put into her hotel, the award winning Escape to Picton.

Then in 2013 Juliearna’s automated map of Marlborough cellar doors was created. This was a very different, up-market tour in Marlborough where clients could pick their own cellar door by making a wish list. The original www.escapetomarlborough.com is still running today. Customers travel in luxury Mercedes with the knowledge they had planned their own day with assistance along the way.

In March 2014, Hop on Hop off Wine Tours was launched. The Marlborough and Queenstown tours are constantly evolving with new operators, deals and improved scheduling.

We look forward to welcoming you on board.