New Zealand’s largest wine growing region, Marlborough is all about world famous Sauvignon Blanc and fresh seafood sought by the world’s finest chefs. Explore the area by joining a guided tour or hiring a bike. You can choosing from more than 30 cellar doors along your way, tasting award winning wines and indulge in a leisurely lunch among the vines. All with views of Marlborough’s diverse landscapes, from valleys of vines to sheltered waterways of the Marlborough Sounds there is something for everyone. Here are Marlborough’s must do activities:
Dine like a king
Dine on fresh seafood straight from the waters of the Marlborough Sounds with a seafood cruise. You will be taken out on the sounds to enjoy seafood straight from the source; including King Salmon, mussels and clams matched with a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – creating the ultimate match made in Marlborough.
Hideaway on the water’s edge
With 1500kms of New Zealand’s coastline in the Marlborough Sounds there is plenty of opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle. Discover the perfect place to relax and recharge with uninterrupted views from your balcony to the beautiful bays and native bush clad hills. There’s no shortage of activities for your stay, walking, tramping, kayaking, fishing, or just relaxing.
Go wild in Marlborough
Marlborough is home to many rare and unique birds, marine animals and wild creatures. See nature up close in its brilliant habitat and choose from one of the island sanctuaries – a natural paradise just waiting to be explored. It is about getting out of the urban jungles and back to nature. Immerse yourself in the wildlife by kayaking out in the water or cruising through the sheltered waters of the Marlborough Sounds on a tour spotting the wildlife such as seals, seabirds or one of the five species of dolphins we have.
Shop like a local
Explore the local markets and artisan producers to try locally-grown produce such as saffron, pinenuts, hazelnuts, honey, olives, chocolates, garlic and sea salt or purchase some handcrafted woodwork, pottery, soaps, or natural beauty products for unique souvenirs to remind of your visit to this beautiful area.
Cruise Marlborough Sounds
The most idyllic areas of Marlborough Sounds can only be accessed by boat and are best explored with a scenic cruise. Whether it’s off on a mailboat, out to a restaurant on the water’s edge or to explore the tracks. There will be ample opportunities to meet the wildlife that live in and around the Sounds; fur seals, little blue penguins, dolphins the rare Rowi kiwi, tuatara and weka.
Journey back in time
Discover the world-renowned WWI and newly opened WWII exhibit at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre where aircrafts are bought to life in a theatrical manner featuring Peter Jackson’s own rare collection of historical aircraft a.0nd memorabilia. The captivating scenes educate and entertain visitors of all ages.
Taste of Marlborough
With more than 30 cellar doors, Marlborough offers every visitor the chance to find the perfect drop. Explore the cellar doors at your own pace, self-drive, cycle or join a guided wine tour. Or if you prefer a cold beer, then don’t worry Marlborough has you covered with the local Renaissance and Moa craft breweries producing quality brews.
Swim with dolphins
As far as unique New Zealand experiences go, swimming with dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds is definitely one of them. Set amid the spectacular scenery guides will take you on a search for the five different species of dolphins found in this area, and it is up to you whether you enjoy dolphin spotting from the boat, or take a dip into the water for a personal encounter.
Walk or cycle the Queen Charlotte Track
The Queen Charlotte track stretches 70km from Ship Cove to Anakiwa and is an intermediate to advanced grade. The whole track can be completed in 5 days on foot, or 3 days on a mountain bike with luggage transfers available by water-taxi. If you want to try it all, there is the option of combining kayaking within your itinerary too. No matter what you choose you will be rewarded with stunning views of Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds and encounters with native birds such as the fantail and weka.
Choose to stay for a weekend or a week, in a vineyard villa amongst the vines or a hideaway on the water’s edge. Whether it is during the perfect blue-sky days and calm sparkling waters of winter, the carpet of red and gold vines through Autumn or the release of new season produce and wines in Spring – Marlborough will be sure to impress.
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