From scenic landscapes to award-winning wines, there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the Marlborough region, which sits at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. Famed for its wine production, the region is home to over 30 wineries, which can be explored either with an experienced guide or on your own exciting self-drive tour or by taking a scenic cycle route.
By boat, kayak or guided cruise, take to the Marlborough Sounds, a series of meandering waterways and flooded valleys; here you’ll find breath-taking scenery and an array of exciting wildlife encounters with species as varied as orcas, dolphins, seals and the national Kiwi bird. There’s plenty of art and culture to explore here too, along with an excellent culinary scene. For a more active holiday, guests can enjoy fantastic mountain biking on one of the many trails and paths in the region. Find a great selection of eateries on the scenic waterfront at Picton, which is also home to the Queen Charlotte Track and plenty of watersports.
Blenheim is one of New Zealand’s sunniest towns, and offers visitors charming cafés, shops and restaurants within beautiful surroundings. Many of the country’s finest vineyards and wineries are within a short distance of the town, which is a perfect base for exploring this scenic region.