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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.
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Prices from $130 to $180 per couple
A short walk from Blenheim town centre
If you are looking for sunny and spacious accommodation in Blenheim at affordable price, then look no further than Ashleigh Court Motel. This motel offers 12 self-contained apartments with comfortable beds, kitchen facilities and private bathrooms.
Phone: 03 577 7187
Freephone: 0800 867 829
Address: 48 Maxwell Road, Blenheim
Prices from $135 to $175 per couple
Overlooking Picton Harbour
Enjoy the spectacular view of Picton Marina and surrounding landscape from Harbour View Motel. We are three minutes walk to Picton's beautiful foreshore, restaurants, cafes, supermarket and 10 minute walk to the ferry terminal. We also offer a free shuttle service to and from the ferry & train depot
Prices from $130 to $160 per couple
Close to Blenheim City Centre
Our Blenheim motel is an ideal accommodation choice for travellers who are looking for modern, spacious rooms at affordable price. We offer a variety of units at Middle Park Mote to suit everyone'e needs including families, couples, buisness travellers as well as the school and sporting groups.
Phone: 03 578 3329
Freephone: 0800 33 33 29
Address: 138 Middle Renwick Road, Springlands, Blenheim
Prices from $140 to $200 per couple
A short walk to CBD, stadium and convention centre
Colonial Motel in Blenheim is a 4-star Qualmark rated accommodation which ensures you have a comfortable and enjoyable stay. All the 10 units are fully furnished with kitchen facilities, Sky TV and electric blankets. Ideal accommodation to base yourself and explore Marlborough region.
Phone: 03 578 9284
Address: 66 Main Street, Blenheim