Marlborough is best known for its world renowned wines, temperate climate, sunny days and scenic beauty. Vineyard tours are a major attraction in the area with over 40 cellar doors to enjoy. The world class Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can be tasted on a Marlborough winery tour by self drive, coach, limousine or cycle. Blenheim is the largest town in Marlborough and the best place to start your winery tour. The other major Marlborough attraction is the Marlborough Sounds where the ferry runs between Picton and Wellington. Exploring the Marlborough Sounds is best done by boat and there are many different ways to go about it.
Marlborough tours including Yacht Charters, luxury launch cruises, kayak adventures and power boat hire provide an excellent view of this magnificent stretch of coastline. With Marlborough activities like fishing, diving and swimming with the dolphins or seals, there’s plenty to keep you busy on your journey. On land the Marlborough Sounds is usually seen via the Queen Charlotte Track. There are guided walks of the 71km track which take 4 to 5 days to complete with accommodation and food included, but smaller sections of the track can also be walked if desired.
New Zealand Green Shell Mussels are the delicacy of the area, with a large proportion of the mussels farmed in the Marlborough Sounds. Marlborough is an outdoor adventure travellers dream with Nelson Lakes National Park and the Marlborough Sounds popular destinations for coastal walks, seal watching, sea kayaking and scenic cruises to remote bush clad bays. Marlborough has an interesting mix of accommodation options from the usual backpackers, holiday parks, motels and hotels through to some truly unique and rural retreats including bed and breakfasts, luxury hosted accommodation, self contained cottages and villas. Choose from waterfront, vineyard settings or quaint historical establishments in the country or centrally located accommodation in town, the choice is yours.
There is a strong Maori influence in Marlborough with Picton and the surrounding towns offering historical tours, interesting museums and art and craft galleries that reflect the early settlement of the area. Other Marlborough activities include high country 4 wheel drive tours, heli fishing, mountain bike treks, skydiving and whale watching down on the coast off Kaikoura. Marlborough’s dry climate also produces some of the best produce in New Zealand with apples, olives, asparagus, strawberries, cherries and stone fruit varieties all available in abundance dependant on the season.