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Southern Regions | Marlborough

Temperate in climate, the Marlborough District is a fabulous destination all year round.

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Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region so there’s plenty of cellar doors to visit and enjoy. If you’re up for a bit of cycling you can ride the ‘Golden Mile’, a 6 km stretch of cycle trail that passes several vineyards and eateries. Aquaculture is also a prevalent industry, supplying King Salmon & Green – Lip Mussels to the world. Several day cruise options will get you out on the water enjoying outstanding scenery and dining on the local cuisine. 

Nature lovers and outdoorsy types are lured to the Queen Charlotte Track to immerse themselves in coastal bush, birdsong and spectacular views. Local water taxis are a great option for getting around the thousands of remote coves to explore and take in the scenery. Several shorter day walks are available and accommodate those looking for less strenuous activities. Wildlife is abundant and can be viewed on many walkways and in Picton at Ecoworld.
A day trip to beautiful Ship Cove is well worth doing. This is where Captain James Cook anchored to re stock his ship and record some of the first interactions with local Maori.
Despite the temperate climate, Marlborough also boasts its own regional skifield. Rainbow Ski Area borders the Nelson Lakes/Tasman District. It’s open from July – October.
Picton is Marlborough’s main port and receives several cruise ships during peak season. It’s also where you’ll enter our South if travelling by ferry from the North Island.
There is varied accommodation throughout Marlborough, from luxury lodges to backpackers and several affordable lodges located in beautiful coves that are accessed by water or helicopter. Holiday Rentals are also a good way to spend a few days in self catered accommodation and are very reasonably priced.
The roads around the Marlborough Sounds can be a bit tricky if you’re not used to narrow winding thoroughfares. You’ll need a good degree of concentration to tackle driving into some of the remote bays and walkways, but overall, they are all totally ‘doable’.
Marlborough’s history includes logging & aviation. There’s a charming Aviation Museum complete with scenic flights in vintage aircraft and several small-town museums to pop in to on your travels. The Edwin Fox Museum in Picton houses the remnants of a convict ship and is an interesting place to visit.
Blenheim is Marlborough’s capital city and everything you need is there. It’s up to you whether you choose to head west down through Murchison & the West Coast or stay on State Highway One which leads to Kaikoura & Christchurch.

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