Located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine
region and the home of world-renowned sauvignon blanc. Marlborough enjoys high sunshine
and a temperate climate so that visitors can experience all of Marlborough’s diversity
through the seasons.
Marlborough offers over 40 cellar doors for wine-tasting – or join a local operator to visit a selection of the areas premier wine producers. With a predominantly flat terrain, cycle tours that include wine tasting are another popular option.
A top attraction in Blenheim is the Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum where the Knights of the
exhibit occupies 3,000m2 and is one of the
largest collections of WWI aircraft and rare memorabilia including a mix of dramatically
static displays along with flyable aeroplanes. This innovative and visually stunning
exhibition depicts aircraft in context, some recreating actual incidents. The centre is in
process of opening up a World War II section and recently took delivery of a rare Spifire
Mark14. You don’t have to be an aviation enthusiast to enjoy this exhibit!
Whilst Marlborough is renowned for its excellent wine production, the region offers more than its world famous wines as it also encompasses the stunning waters of the Marlborough Sounds.
Picton at the head of picturesque Queen Charlotte Sound is the terminal for the Interislander ferry between the North and South Island. It is a picturesque township overlooking the Sound and also the gateway to the waters of the Marlborough Sounds.
The Marlborough Sounds are best explored on water, with a range of cruises and activities from a self-guided kayak excursion to sailing on a luxury yacht. Perhaps get active by swimming with dolphins, diving or fishing in the Sounds. Sample two of Marlborough’s premier products – Sauvignon Blanc and Green Shell Mussels on the Green Shell Mussel Cruise which departs from Havelock – accessible via the scenic Queen Charlotte Drive. For something more active hike either the length – or a portion - of the Queen Charlotte Track as it winds its way through native forest, along view filled ridges and beside idyllic coves