Wine tasting in Blenheim
On the Queen Charlotte Track you'll get a workout that restores body and soul.
Queen Charlotte Track, Marlborough

By Mike Heydon

Enjoy an idyllic day or two at Whites Bay in the Marlborough Sounds. You can camp, swim and explore.
Whites Bay , Marlborough

By Camilla Stoddart


Located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough is New Zealand's largest wine growing region and the home of world-renowned sauvignon blanc.

Marlborough enjoys high sunshine hours and a temperate climate so that visitors can experience all of Marlborough’s diversity through the season. No matter what time of year, there is always something going on in Marlborough, New Zealand.

There are over 40 cellar doors in Marlborough, why not take advantage of a pre-arranged wine tour with a local operator and visit a selection of the region’s top wine producers. You can map out your own route: self-drive, travel in style in a chauffeur- driven car or mix your daily exercise with your tasting in a cycle tour. Whichever mode of transport you choose be sure to stop at a winery restaurant along the way.

The Marlborough Sounds are best explored on water, with a range of cruises and activities from a self-guided kayak excursion to sailing on a luxury yacht. Get active by swimming with dolphins, diving or fishing in the Sounds. Hike the length of the Queen Charlotte Track as it winds its way through native forest, along view filled ridges and beside idyllic coves.

Take a tour into Marlborough High Country as it stretches down the Pacific Coast towards Kaikoura. Stop at the pink salt lakes at Lake Grasmere and check out Molesworth Station the largest working farm in New Zealand. For a real New Zealand experience stay in a historic homestead, take a 4wd farm tour, try heli-fishing for trout or mountain bike or hike through this remote area.

Accommodation in Marlborough is plentiful with an extensive range whatever your budget and there’s a room with a view wherever you stay.

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