Recently voted New Zealand’s 4th best destination and 8th best destination in the South Pacific by Trip Advisor, Marlborough is really starting to shine as a New Zealand travel must-go for travellers – whether local or from overseas. Whether you’re a first time visitor or you just need to return, Marlborough is pure magic.
What’s not to like?
Marlborough is situated smack bang in the middle of Aotearoa at the top of the South Island, boasts the largest wine region in New Zealand and the endless bays of the stunning Marlborough Sounds take up a phenomenal one-fifth of the country’s coastline. Add to that all-day scenic vistas that take your breath away and a gourmet heaven of produce and cuisine, and you have a recipe for a truly magical holiday and not much space on your camera.
So many delights, so easy to get to
Base yourself in Marlborough and you can be on a Marlborough wine tour in the morning, on a seafood Marlborough Sounds cruise in the afternoon and staying at a luxury resort in the Marlborough Sounds that night. While you’re there you could walk or bike the famous Queen Charlotte track, go dolphin watching or kayaking in the Marlborough Sounds, and finish off with a waterfront dinner in Picton.
Then next few days can be filled with all sorts of Marlborough tours, from an art and garden tour through to a Māori cultural tour, a farm tour or a tour for planes, cars and history enthusiasts, sprinkled liberally with award-winning wine and gourmet food.
Once you’ve feasted on the delights of Marlborough, the exciting news is that you’re really close to a whole bunch more activities – 90 minutes drive can have you skiing at Rainbow Ski field, checking out the art scene in Nelson or whale and seal watching in Kaikoura, in 3 hours you could be at the Hanmer Springs hot pools or sunbathing on the golden sands of Golden Bay.
Stick around a while
With a wide range of accommodation to suit your budget and style, you may as well base yourself in Marlborough for a while. Choose from backpackers, motels and hotels in Blenheim, Picton and Havelock, through to cute Marlborough vineyard villas and luxury winery hotels, and holiday houses, lodges and boutique resorts in the Marlborough Sounds.
Simply put, you’d be mad not to make Marlborough your next destination.