Welcome to Marlborough, the region that first brought New Zealand wine to the world stage, whose local characters, scenic beauty and diversity make for some great stories.
We know as writing professionals you don’t want us to wax lyrical about our superb wine, amazing vistas and use marketing smarketing speak such as “Marlborough is a region of spectacular scenic beauty, where the sunny skies, turquoise waters, and gourmet delights provide a blissful escape.” So we have put together some information that we hope you’ll find helpful and if you need or want to know more our contacts are at the end!
Top Ten Marlborough Experiences
- Take a winery tour. There is a variety of local wine trail operators providing a popular way to see and sample what Marlborough has to offer, be it by car, coach or bicycle!
- Cruise the waterways of the Marlborough Sounds by boat.
- Walk or Mountain Bike the famous Queen Charlotte Track for one day or four.
- Wake up in paradise, stay in the vines or have a night away in the Marlborough Sounds.
- Don't miss the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, for a visual feast of World War One aircraft.
- Get active on the water; kayaking, sailing, dolphin swimming or self drive safari.
- Enjoy a leisurely lunch amongst the vines.
- Spend a day in the vibrant seaside town of Picton, explore the foreshore and art galleries.
- Grab a map and follow one of Marlborough's scenic drive
- Sample local produce from the farm gate or weekend market.
Where is Marlborough and how do I get there?
Located on the eastern side of the top of the South Island of New Zealand, Marlborough is close to New Zealand’s geographical centre, easily accessible by land, sea and air. Marlborough has a temperate climate, with amongst the highest sunshine hours and some of the lowest rainfall annually in New Zealand.
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GETTING TO MARLBOROUGH
Auckland to Blenheim……………… 1 hour 20 minutes
Wellington to Blenheim…………… 25 minutes
Wellington to Picton…………………25 minutes
Christchurch to Blenheim………… 50 minutes
Driving times ex Blenheim:
To Christchurch - 4.5 hours
To Nelson – 1 hour 45 minutes
To Kaikoura – 1 hour 45 minutes
From Wellington to Picton: 3.5 hours
The key centres for the region are:
- Blenheim - the largest town in Marlborough, the main airport is located here and the central base to visit the 40 plus winery cellar doors. Population: 28,500 est
- Picton - a bustling sea port town at the head of the Queen Charlotte Sound and all the activities this entails. This is where you get the ferry service to Wellington and it is a 25 minute drive to Blenheim. Population: 3,900 est / Marlborough pop : 42,000 est
- Havelock - Greenshell Mussel Capital of the World and the gateway to the Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds. Havelock is a 40 minute drive to Blenheim or 60 minutes to Nelson on State Highway 6.
- Seddon - a small village in the Awatere Valley is the service centre for the surrounding farm lands and vineyards. Seddon is a 30 minute drive from Blenheim.
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