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There are two distinct sides to Marlborough: the magical waterways of the Marlborough Sounds and the wine country of Blenheim. Be sure to experience them both.
Many visitors to the South Island enjoy the interisland ferry trip, either arriving in or departing from the picturesque port town of Picton. While this gives a glimpse of the stunning Marlborough Sounds scenery, spending a bit of extra time and exploring further will definitely reward.
Charter a launch or yacht to cruise the waterways and discover quiet, secluded bays for your anchorage, or take one of the many commercial launch trips for a few hours or to experience a stay at a romantic waterfront lodge with no road access. The famed Queen Charlotte Walking Track winds its way through the forests and above the bays; and be sure to visit Captain Cook’s favourite spot in New Zealand – Ship Cove.
Head for the wine country surrounding Blenheim and sample the fabulous wines including the world beating Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. You can even tour the vineyards by bike!
You will want to stay a while so make yourself comfortable as you choose your Marlborough accommodation from a huge range of hotels, motels, motor inns and luxury boutique accommodation, or experience Kiwi hospitality in homes offering Bed & Breakfast, farmstays and homestays. There are vineyard accommodation options too.
Key towns for Marlborough accommodation are Picton, Blenheim, Havelock and the Marlborough Sounds with many other country accommodation options too.
Blenheim B&B, Homestay
Prices from $395 per couple
10 kms west of Blenheim. 35 mins from Picton Interislander ferry.
Beautifully designed and furnished the 2 bedroom Suite caters for up to 4 guests travelling together offering quality, spacious, private accommodation. Bedrooms separated by private lounge, dining, Kitchenette area. Built for sunlight, vineyard and mountain views it exudes peaceful ambiance.
Phone: 03 5786765
Mobile (and SMS): 027 6821120
Address: 1 Avignon Place, Fairhall, Blenheim.
Marlborough Sounds B&B, Homestay, Farmstay
Prices from $150 to $350 per couple
Pelorus Sound , South Island NZ
Experience relaxation and refreshment in a beautiful natural setting accessible by boat or by air, our Lodge is situated in the Pelorus Sound, you will enjoy private swimming / fishing bay, surrounding mountains, native trees birds and wildlife. Homestead and 3 Chalets available for guest to enjoy.
Address: Tira Ora Lodge, Northwest Bay, Pelorus Sound
Marlborough Sounds B&B, Homestay
Prices from $240 to $305 per couple
Okiwa Bay Lodge, 169 Anakiwa Road, Anakiwa. RD1 Picton 7281
Architecturally designed our large,modern lodge with four guest rooms caters for people who enjoy peace and tranquillity and the special things that nature has to offer. Enjoy the spectacular, panoramic views looking down the Queen Charlotte Sound. Beautiful 3-course evening meals by arrangement.
Blenheim B&B, Homestay, Vineyard
Prices from $335 to $395 per couple
Straw Lodge is 15mins from Blenheim CDB, 10mins from Airport
Havelock B&B, Homestay, Farmstay, Hosted Self-catering
Prices from $90 to $120 per couple
4727 State Highway 6
We offer a country stay situated 6km west of Havelock township & marina on State Highway 6 (Nelson/Blenheim main highway). Enjoy our small rural holding with farm animals, fantastic views, bushwalks, trout fishing, sightseeing or fishing in the Marlborough Sounds.
Marlborough Sounds B&B, Homestay
Prices from $260 to $360 per couple
4km before French Pass, overlooking D'urville Island,
Experience Ngaio Bay, in the Marlborough Sounds near French Pass. Enjoy wilderness, private sandy beach, welcoming hosts, scrumptious meals, fire-heated bath on the beach, organic garden, stunning sunsets, comfortable , private accommodation.
Phone: 03 576 5287
Address: Ngaio Bay, 5693 Croiselles-FrenchPass Rd