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The wine trail in Marlborough

Located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough is the southernmost and sunniest of the wine regions in the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail.

Home to world famous Sauvignon Blanc with 168 wineries including iconic brands such as Cloudy Bay, through to small boutique family producers. Located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough is the southern most and sunniest of the wine regions in the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. Wine is serious business here.

Life is too short to drink bad wine especially with the beautiful Marlborough Sounds on your doorstep. Cruise on its tranquil waters and watch dolphins play as you enjoy a platter of Regal Salmon, freshly steamed Greenshell™ Mussels with a glass of liquid sunshine. Life’s tough in the South…

A few "must do's" in Marlborough:

Queen Charlotte Track

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The Queen Charlotte Track is a 70km track winding over the ridgeline of the Marlborough Sounds, with stunning views and native bush. There's packages for walking, mountain biking and sea kayaking or for something more relaxing try a luncheon or twilight cruise, or simply wine and dine at a luxury lodge. 

Explore Picton

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This vibrant seaport town sits at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound and is the southern port for the inter-island ferries. Picton has an eclectic mix of cafes and restaurants, boutique shopping and relaxing foreshore. Enjoy fish ‘n chips on the sea front, mini golf, and visit the aquarium.

The Marlborough Farmer’s Market

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Taste your way around the stalls, watch a live cooking demonstration, and chat to the local producers at Marlborough's Farmers Market. Soak up the atmosphere of a cheerful and cultured market with busking musicians and enjoy a cooked breakfast and a locally roasted coffee.

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

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The Omaka Aviation Centre houses an innovative and visually stunning display created by the famed Lord of the Rings director Sir Peter Jackson’s Wingnut Films and Weta Workshop. Human stories from the Great War come to life in a theatrical treatment.

Dolphin swimming

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The best place to swim with the dolphins, sheltered from the open sea, is the beautiful Marlborough Sounds. This is an experience of a lifetime never to be forgotten.