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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.
Prices from $360 to $380 per couple
StrawLodge is 20mins from Blenheim CBD, 10mins from Blenheim Airport
Nestled in our boutique vineyard and surrounded by glorious mountain ranges is Straw Lodge Homestay which offers quality B&B accommodation in two private, spacious suites. We provide a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival as well as a gourmet cooked and continental breakfast each morning.
Other Rural Marlborough
Prices from $285 to $385 per couple
10km north of Blenheim, 18km south of Picton.
Stay awhile in this idyllic tranquil haven offering luxury accommodation in an 1877 historic farmhouse set in 7 acres with mature gardens, meandering stream and abundant birdlife. You can choose the full bed and breakfast option in the Garden Suite or delightful self contained Adelaide's Barn
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