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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, 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.
Marlborough Sounds B&B, Farmstay
We are located at the Northern tip of the Marlborough Sounds
Wilderness Park Farmstay at the outer tip of the Queen Charlotte Sound. This farmstay includes many kilometres of walking tracks, including a two-day walk from Ship Cove to Cape Jackson lighthouse. 1500 acres of recovering native bush with fantastic marine views.
Phone: 03 579 9025
Address: Cape Jackson, Queen Charlotte Sound.
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, 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