🚗 self-drive itinerary
🛏️ minimum 2 night stay recommended
🍽️ dining suggestions offered
📅 visit any time of year
Basking in year-round sunshine, Marlborough often provides perfect conditions for walking, mountain biking, sea kayaking and vineyard explorations. The broad sweeping plains are home to about 70 wineries, making it a popular addition to any visit to New Zealand.
Highlights can include:
- discover the fascinating round the world adventures and checkered maritime history of Edwin Fox the world's ninth-oldest surviving wooden ship
- captivating scenes depict aircraft in context at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, Sir Peter Jackson's collection of WW1 aircraft and artefacts 🛩️
- journey to New Zealand’s largest high country cattle station and the majestic South Island high country scenery on a guided tour of Molesworth Station 🐑
- swim with, or view dolphins in their natural environment in the clear calm waters of the Marlborough Sounds with award winning local wildlife experts 🐬
- join a fun wine tour and enjoy delicious wine tastings, or indulge in a private wine tour for that personal touch and extra insight into Marlborough's Vineyards + Wineries 🍇🍷
- Lochmara Lodge Wildlife Recovery + Arts Centre offers the chance to get active, play and explore, or relax and indulge - the Underwater Observatory and feeding of the native parrots are always highlights
- join a guided kayak tour of Queen Charlotte Sound, and within an hour’s paddling you'll be in a beautiful wilderness area that takes in golden beaches, bush-clad shorelines and native birdsong 🛶
- Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve offers visitors the opportunity to relax and enjoy forest and river scenery, in one of the last stands of river flat forest and also offers guided kayak tours through the location of the dwarves in barrels scene of The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 🛶
- Pollard Park in Blenheim is a tranquil getaway with lush grounds, a stream, sports courts, flowers, a playground & a golf course
- hiking enthusiasts will be rewarded after their challenging walk when they arrive at Sawcut Gorge, a limestone chasm that stands an impressive 150 metres tall and only 2 metres wide at points
- Whites Bay is a safe, white sandy beach that's excellent for swimming and has walks for a range of abilities, including kids - there are rocky areas for scrambling and exploring too 🐚
- relax and unwind while you cruise the tranquil Pelorus Sound aboard the indulgent Greenshell Mussel Cruise, featuring freshly steamed mussels paired with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 🛥️
- The Queen Charlotte Track is a 70km dual purpose (walking and mountain biking) track renowned for its stunning scenery and sections of the track can be enjoyed in one day 🚵👟
- our favourite walk in Picton is the Tirohanga Track, a good 45-minute climb up through stunning bush that offers extensive views of Picton, Waikawa and the Marlborough Sounds 👟📷
- The Vines Village is nestled amongst many of the region's best cellar doors along the famous 'Golden Mile', making it the perfect place to explore, taste some of Marlborough's finest produce or simply relax with a gelato in a bean bag under a tree
AT A GLANCE
📍 # of Visitors5.0
🌦️ Chance of Rain2.5
👨👩👦👦 Family Fun 3.0
🍽️ Food + Wine 8.0
🏳️🌈 LGBTQI+ friendly 👍
Note: the highest possible score is an 8.0
🎥video courtesy of Marlborough, New Zealand on YouTube
Sit back and relax. We've planned it all for you.
Day 1 : Arrive in Marlborough
The scenery will be impressive when you arrive by sea, by rail, by air, or by road, so be ready with your camera. Upon arrival into Marlborough you'll check in to your accommodation, settle in and get acquainted with your surroundings for the next 2 nights.
You'll likely have time to get high above Picton on the Tirohanga Track with panoramic views to reward your efforts this afternoon. Or if you're keen to relax and quite literally get a 'taste' of some of the regions best food and wine offerings, The Vines Village showcases a great range and can be a great way to spend a few hours. Alternatively, the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre could be considered a masterpiece with cinematic master craftsmen, Weta Workshop creating enhanced scenes with hauntingly life-like mannequins.
After dark, we'll offer suggestions on the best places to dine, all of which will showcase why Marlborough is often considered New Zealand's best food and wine region.
Day 2 : World-renowned Sauvignon Blanc
In New Zealand's largest wine region, home of the world-renowned sauvignon blanc, you'll definitely have to sample a some of their best.
Food and wine enthusiasts will get the most out of a special wine tasting tour, designed especially for those who want to relax and enjoy a beautiful meal in a winery restaurant during the tour. Visit a few wineries to get you in the mood for a delicious meal, then take the opportunity to enjoy a lovely three course meal and a glass of delightful Marlborough wine in one of the beautiful winery restaurants in this region.
Alternatively, if you're more keen to get active, jump onto a mountain bike, or get your best walking shoes on and make the most of Queen Charlotte Track. Cruise the Queen Charlotte Sound to your starting point, and be collected later in the day once you've completed your adventure.
Whether you've spent your energy being active, or simply lifting wine glasses, you've earned yourself a meal at some place fabulous. Celebrate delicious New Zealand food and your last night in the Marlborough region at one of our favourite restaurants in the area.
Day 3 : Depart Marlborough
This morning, we'll let you know the best way to get from this region to the next part of your New Zealand trip, wherever you want that to be.