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4 hours' drive time to Blenheim from Christchurch Airport

Marlborough

The region offers a multitude of recreational delights from tasting a world-famous Sauvignon Blanc at one of Marlborough's numerous wineries to cruising or swimming with dolphins in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds.

Marlborough is about world famous wines from New Zealand's largest wine growing region, it's about fresh seafood sought by the world's finest chefs. It's about diverse landscapes, from valleys of vines to sheltered waterways.

Marlborough enjoys high sunshine hours and a temperate climate.

  • Join a guided winery tour or hire a bike. Choose from more than 30 cellar doors, tasting award winning wines along the way or indulge in a long lunch at a winery.
  • Cruise or kayak the Marlborough Sounds. Encounter five different species of dolphins, whales, seals and rare seabirds.
  • Walk or mountain bike the 70km Queen Charlotte Track.
  • Visit the theatrical displays of WW1 and WW2 aircraft memorabilia at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.
  • Stay at a secluded water's edge retreat or in a lodge amongst the vines.

 

Marlborough Seasons

Spring

SPRING - SEPT TO NOV
6 - 220 C

Marlborough’s brightest corners are revealed in Spring, when the Nelmac Garden Marlborough Festival explores private gardens in the region. It’s the season for gourmets too, with beautiful wine and food at the many winery cellar doors.

Summer

SUMMER - DEC TO NOV
12 - 280 C

Summer is a season for boating, sailing, kayaking and fishing in the Marlborough Sounds. Enjoy a long winery lunch amongst the vines, or pick your own locally grown cherries, berries and stone fruit.

Autumn

AUTUMN - MAR to MAY
5- 240 C

Vintage pulses through Marlborough’s blood during the autumn grape harvest. Visit cellar doors for the aroma of wine being made, or head to the Marlborough Sounds for a stay in a gorgeous lodge, with sea views, and sublime food and wine.

Winter

WINTER - JUN to AUG
0 - 180 C

Big blue-sky days and calm sparkling waters are found in Marlborough during winter. Sail to a secluded Marlborough Sounds bay for lunch, stay at a water’s edge retreat or nestled in the vines, where you’ll be warmed beside an open fire or take a walk in the winter sunshine on a bush trail.

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