Marlborough is not in the “Golden Triangle” or on the “Blue Ribbon Route” but if there were such a thing as a “Star Studded Pathway” then Marlborough would be slap bang in the middle, just like our location in the heart of New Zealand.
Marlborough wines are world renowned with 36 cellar doors to visit, the stunning Marlborough Sounds and all the activities that entails not to mention one of the best aviation and cinematic attractions in the country at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and that’s just the beginning!
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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 Visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, for a visual feast of World War One aircraft.
- Getting 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 drives.
- 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. It’s the perfect environment, not only for growing award winning wines but also for visitors!
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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
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Marlborough is a region of beauty where water, wine and wilderness combine to create a relaxing escape. Home to the Marlborough Sounds and Queen Charlotte Track, wine and food is a key attraction and with more than 40 winery cellar doors as well as great restaurants and amazing seafood, you are going to love Marlborough.
Marlborough is a region of spectacular scenic beauty from the stunning Marlborough Sounds to the magnificent high country and the wild Kaikoura coast. In the heart of all this are the Wairau and Awatere valleys – home to world famous Marlborough sauvignon blanc, olive groves and cherry orchards. The Marlborough Sounds is a coastal wonderland, with winding waterways, and sheltered bays - cruise, kayak, water-ski, or sail the endless bays. A warm welcome awaits you at the lodges along the way, from where you can hike or mountain bike along the famous Queen Charlotte Track. You are going to love Marlborough.
Marlborough is a region of spectacular scenic beauty from the stunning Marlborough Sounds to the magnificent high country and the wild Kaikoura coast. In the heart of all this are the Wairau and Awatere valleys – home to world famous Marlborough sauvignon blanc not to mention superb aromatics, elegant chardonnays, fine methode traditionelle and rich pinot noirs that make Marlborough, New Zealand’s premier wine region.
The Marlborough Sounds is a coastal wonderland, with winding waterways, sheltered bays and ancient untouched forest. Cruise, kayak, water-ski, or sail the endless bays. A warm welcome awaits you at the lodges and resorts along the way, from where you can hike or mountain bike along breathtaking scenic paths, including the famous Queen Charlotte Track.
Inland, the Wairau Plains and Awatere Valley are carpeted in vineyards, olive groves and cherry orchards. Fine wines matched with fresh seafood and produce of the land will combine to delight your palate. It is little wonder that Marlborough is now rated in the top ten wine tourism destinations on the planet. For a not-to-be missed holiday of scenic beauty, fun and deliciousness you are going to love Marlborough.
Need up to date information on Marlborough?
Need a comprehensive guide to the activity and accommodation operators in the region? Then the Marlborough Trade Directory is the perfect guide for you – a downloadable version is available here. Whilst things don’t perhaps move as fast as in the big cities it’s amazing how quickly things do change please see our product updates for the latest happenings in Marlborough. If you would like to get updates hot off the press and delivered to your inbox please sign up here. Don’t worry we know how busy you all are and only do these quarterly!
Whether you are planning a stand-alone trip to the region, or would like to include Marlborough in a longer itinerary, Destination Marlborough can provide advice, information, and suggestions.
Please use the resources on these pages freely, for more tailored advice, or if you are interested in familiarising yourself with Marlborough your trade contact at Destination Marlborough is our marketing manager, Rachael Brown. She can be reached by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone +64 3 577 5523