MARLBOROUGH/KAIKOURA - NEW ZEALAND
The Marlborough region is situated on the north-eastern corner of the South Island, due west of Wellington .
Marlborough is blessed with a year-round sunny climate and regularly records the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand .
Marlborough is New Zealand 's largest grape growing and wine making region with 65 wineries, 290 grape growers and 4,054 hectares in grape production.
Nearly all of the wineries welcome visitors for tasting sessions and many have a cafe or restaurant on site. Sauvignon Blanc is the region's specialty, but wines made with Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are also highly acclaimed.
Wine trail maps make it easy to find your way around the vineyards. Boutique Bed and Breakfast accommodation can be found throughout the wine growing area.
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NZstays - Hightlights of Marlborough
Before the wine industry came along, Marlborough`s fame lay with its soundsâ€”sunken valleys that are home to all kinds of wonderful bird and sea life, including terns, shags, blue penguins, dolphins and seals. Queen Charlotte , Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds can be explored by boat, ferry, runabout, luxury charter launch or kayak.
Admire the spectacular scenery where bush and mountains rise straight from the sea, and secret coves beckon you for a swim.
Queen Charlotte Track is another way to appreciate the intricate waterways of the Marlborough Sounds. The 67 kilometre track passes through lush coastal forest, around coves and inlets, and along skyline ridges offering breathtaking views of the Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds.
Guided trout fishing and hunting tours are other ways to appreciate the beauty of the Marlborough landscape. The average brown trout in this region weighs between one to three kilograms, depending on the fishing ground.
NZstays - Main Centres in Marlborough
- Blenheim - the main town of Marlborough and a central base for vineyard visits
- Picton - Marlborough `s main commercial port and access to Queen Charlotte Sound
- Havelock - the gateway to the Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds
- Renwick - just minutes from Blenheim , another good base to explore the wine region
- Wairau Valley - a place to stop en route to the Nelson Lakes National Park
- Seddon - traditionally a farming area, now known for its craftspeople and gardens
- Kekerengu - nestled on the East Coast on the way to Kaikoura with its own blend of attractions
NZstays - Marlborough Sounds Region
The sunny town of Blenheim is an ideal base for those who want to explore the local wine and food culture. Bike around the vineyards or catch a tour.
The pretty port town of Picton is your starting point for explorations of the Marlborough Sounds. It’s also a great place to shop for souvenirs.
Beautiful d’Urville Island in the Marlborough Sounds is a place to get away from it all. Hike, bike, fish and dive in this outdoorsy paradise.
In the historic town of Havelock you can enjoy green-lipped mussels, browse art galleries and organise a boat trip for fishing or sightseeing.
Visitors to Renwick have one thing on their mind - wine. Hire a bike and pedal from vineyard to vineyard; let the wineries tempt you with tastings.