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Where scenic beauty, water, wine and wilderness combine to create a relaxing and luxurious escape. At the top of the South Island, Marlborough is only 20 minutes by air or three hours by ferry from Wellington.
Wine and food is a key attraction for visitors to Marlborough, and with more than 100 wineries responsible for 75% of New Zealand’s total wine production as well as great restaurants, boutique producers and amazing seafood, it’s easy to see why.
No trip to Marlborough would be complete without visiting at least one of the 35 cellar doors to taste award winning wines, and the beautiful Marlborough Sounds is the perfect setting to enjoy a glass of sauvignon blanc. Enjoy the view from a cruise or in a secluded bay after walking the Queen Charlotte Track.
Just as wine tastes better in a glass, it tastes better in Marlborough!
With 142 wineries and 36 cellar doors, a great place to start is with a winery tour by car, coach or bicycle. There are lots of local operators providing a great way to see and sample the best of Marlborough wine.
These intricate waterways make up one fifth of New Zealand's coastline and are best explored on water. From a self-guided kayak excursion to a chartered luxury yacht, there are plenty of ways to see the Sounds.
Visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre where the stories of pioneer aviation heroes of World War One are brought to life by Oscar-winning film company, Weta Workshop.
This 70km track is one of nature’s wonderlands, world-renowned for its stunning coastal views, historical landmarks and wonderful variety of native bush and wildlife.
You'll find Marlborough accommodation tucked away amongst the vineyards and overlooking the Marlborough Sounds. From luxury lodges and hotels, to holiday homes and campsites, there's something to suit all tastes and budgets.
The vibrant seaport town of Picton sits at the head of the Queen Charlotte Sound and is the southern port for the inter-island ferries. Spend the day explore the town's foreshore and art galleries.
Visit the local Marlborough Farmers’ Market - New Zealand's first farmers' market. Every Sunday you'll find the best of Marlborough edibles gathered together at one market.
Getting up close to wildlife is easy with dolphin swimming and visits to one of the Marlborough Sounds’ many wildlife sanctuaries.