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Marlborough

Located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough enjoys high sunshine hours and a temperate climate so that visitors can experience all of Marlborough’s diversity through the seasons.  No matter what time of year, there is always something going on in Marlborough. 

Adventurers young and old will find a great choice of activities on land and on water and even in the air. Hiking, sea kayaking, sailing, cruising, mountain biking, rafting, scenic flights, fishing, diving, horse trekking, or just relaxing and enjoying the views: from laid back to full adrenaline rush, there is an experience waiting for you in Marlborough.

Guests of Marlborough can choose from a range of accommodation options, all of which come with a warm welcome and plenty of local hospitality.  There are many hotels, motels and guest houses in the townships of Picton, Blenheim and Havelock convenient to local amenities, travel and tour operators.  Or you can escape to a luxury lodge or campsite in the Marlborough Sounds, stay in a restful B&B among the vines or venture farther afield to a farmstay in the rugged Marlborough High Country.

Marlborough is an area rich in history and culture, and is home to many artists and artisan craftspeople that draw their inspiration from the region’s diverse landscapes.  You can get to know Marlborough with a visit to one of its many historical landmarks, or there is the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre with World War One aircraft scenes brought to life by Weta Workshops.  You can also follow the popular art and craft trail and do a little gift shopping along the way: you may even find something special to buy for yourself among the paintings, pottery and other local crafts and creations to remind you of your time here in Marlborough.

Marlborough is New Zealand's largest wine growing region.  Its unique blend of terroir and climate is well suited for producing award winning Sauvignon Blanc whilst its long ripening season is also ideal for the many superb aromatics, elegant Chardonnays, fine sparkling wines and rich Pinot Noirs produced by the region’s many wineries.

Marlborough also has a deliciously diverse range of wild foods and local produce.  These are used by the region’s talented chefs to create a tantalising array of gourmet delights, washed down of course by a glass of your favourite Marlborough wine or locally brewed beer.

The Key centres in the region are:

  • Blenheim - the largest town in Marlborough, the main airport is located here and the central base to visit the 40 plus winery cellar doors.  Population: 28,500 est
  • Picton - a bustling sea port town at the head of the Queen Charlotte Sound and all the activities this entails. This is where you get the ferry service to Wellington and it is a 25 minute drive to Blenheim. Population: 3,900 est / Marlborough pop : 42,000 est
  • Havelock - Greenshell™ Mussel Capital of the World and the gateway to the Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds.  Havelock is a 40 minute drive to Blenheim or 60 minutes to Nelson on State Highway 6.
  • Seddon - a small village in the Awatere Valley is the service centre for the surrounding farm lands and vineyards. Seddon is a 30 minute drive from Blenheim.
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