There’s far more to Marlborough than its famous Sauvignon Blanc. Take to the beaches and waterways of the Marlborough Sounds. Uncover beautiful walking trails and stroll through pretty waterside towns. Or sip a local vintage and savour the quiet life at your luxury hotel or country retreat.
From sun-soaked vineyards to river valleys and mountains, discover an enticing country escape.
Things to do
With more sunshine hours than any other county, Marlborough has shot to fame as the New Zealand’s biggest wine-producing region. While here, sip a chilled glass of the local (and worldwide) favourite, Sauvignon Blanc. Or you could plan a tasting tour around Marlborough’s best vineyards, surrounding the town of Blenheim.
From mountains and forests to river valleys and rocky coastline, Marlborough’s natural beauty is startlingly diverse. Walking tours are the best way to spot local flora and fauna, from orchids to native birds like the tui and bellbird. Boat trips offer the chance to see dolphins and orca whales.
Travel to the Marlborough Sounds to explore peaceful waterways and secluded, sandy beaches. Many coves can be reached by boat, or by walking down from forest trails. Further north is Abel Tasman National Park, where mountains reach down to long, golden beaches.
Travel to nearby Nelson along the stunning Queen Charlotte Drive – one of the country’s great road journeys with endless views of mountains and coast.
Top tip from SLH