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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.
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.
Blenheim B&B, Farmstay, Hosted Self-catering
Prices from $150 to $200 per couple
10 minutes from Blenheim town; and 20 minutes from Picton.
Ryland Estate is a tranquil retreat nestled in the midst of vineyards in the heart of Marlborough’s ‘Golden Mile’, renown for its great wineries and restaurants, set amid the region’s breath-taking scenery. The property features a private two bedroom apartment in a beautiful garden setting.
Blenheim B&B, Vineyard, Hosted Self-catering
In the Marlborough Wine district, minutes out of Blenheim
Our well appointed B&B on the fringes of Blenheim offers the chance to experience the activities of a working vineyard, or just relax in tastefully decorated, quiet, private accommodation. Enjoy a healthy breakfast on the wonderfully sunny veranda. Options for families & groups too
Rural Marlborough B&B, Hosted Self-catering
Prices from $245 to $315 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 the delightful self contained Adelaide's Ba
Marlborough Sounds B&B, Hosted Self-catering
Prices from $195 to $220 per couple
19km from Picton on scenic Queen Charlotte Drive.
Our modern architectural home is nestled amongst the native ferns overlooking the stunning Queen Charlotte Sounds. Spa/jacuzzi in the garden and view glow worms in the evening. Generous breakfast and evening meal available by request. Only 5km to the Queen Charlotte Walkway, 2 min to jetty/beach.
Marlborough Self-catering Accommodation includes: