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Just a short ferry ride from Wellington, through breathtaking scenery, you’ll discover Marlborough. Home to some of the Wellington region’s best cycling trails, and with plenty to keep you busy off-trail too, you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Getting to Marlborough is half the fun. Take the Interislander from Wellington and cruise through the idyllic waters of the Marlborough Sounds. Keep an eye out for dolphins on the bow wave, too.
Marlborough is home to the stunning Queen Charlotte Track, which is ideal for exploring by bike. Discover bush-clad shorelines, secluded bays and hidden coves along this 71km track. If you need to cool off, there’s plenty of opportunity to jump out of the saddle and onto the water along the way with kayaking, swimming and boating.
If a day spent leisurely pedalling through vineyards and soaking up the rays is your idea of a good time, then Marlborough is the place for you. With some 48 wineries and cellar doors, a vineyard bike tour is the perfect way to get a taste. Find out more about cycling the vineyards in Marlborough.
The most popular cycling event in the South Island, the Forrest GrapeRide caters to everyone from serious road cyclists to social pedallers. Weaving through picturesque Marlborough scenery, courses range from the 42km Taster, to the 101km standard course, and up to the 202km Magnum. Finish the day at Forrest Estate vineyard and enjoy local produce, music and a festival atmosphere.
A visit to Marlborough would not be complete without sampling the wine it is famous for. The region is part of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, and its sauvignon blanc and pinot noir are world-renowned. Make sure you take the time to sample the local wines and culinary delights.