Marlborough Holidays & Travel Guide

Located on New Zealand's South Island, Marlborough is positioned on the north-eastern extremity and is known for its warm, sunny weather. The largest wine growing region in New Zealand, Marlborough features 80% of the country's wine industry and 20% of the country's coastline, offering a winning combination of relaxed coastal scenery and rustic vineyards and countryside. Marlborough holidays offer everything from world class wine and gourmet produce to alpine peaks, breathtaking mountains to aquifer fed rivers, plunging valleys and more.

This Marlborough travel guide is the ideal way to make the most of your time in this relaxing and romantic region. The two main centres of Marlborough are the towns of Blenheim and Picton, considered the gateway to the South Island and entrance to the incredible Marlborough Sounds. This spectacular series of 'drowned valleys' are an amazing example of the way nature, sea, land and light can interplay.

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Blenheim is a sunny town ideal for exploring the local food and wine culture with plenty of tours or bike paths around the vineyards.

Picton Marina


The ideal place to shop for souvenirs, Picton is a pretty port town and the gateway to exploring the spectacular Marlborough Sounds.

Marlborough Accommodation

Most Marlborough accommodation can be found in the main centres of Blenheim and Picton. Ranging from 3 stars and 5 stars and everything in between, Marlborough accommodation offers everything from comfortable motels and luxury hotels to relaxing lodges, self-catering apartments, spacious holiday homes, charming bed and breakfasts and even farm stays. Conveniently located close to a variety of shopping and dining options, Marlborough accommodation is also close to some of the region's most popular activities and attractions.

Marlborough Holiday Packages

Marlborough holiday packages are an easy and affordable way to visit this naturally spectacular region and also offer excellent value for money. Combining all your travel needs into one convenient discount price, Marlborough holiday packages take the stress out of arranging your holiday while also saving you time and money. Bundling together the essentials like accommodation and flights, Marlborough holiday packages can also include a variety of added extras such as tours, transfers, car hire, travel insurance and more.

Things To Do

Marlborough is known for its gourmet produce, breathtaking mountains and stunning landscapes however perhaps the two most popular Marlborough attractions are the spectacular Marlborough Sounds and wine country. A collection of sunken ancient river valleys filled by the Pacific Ocean, Marlborough Sounds features forested hills which rise from the sea, sheltering sandy bays and inlets around intricate coastline. Here you can discover something new every day as you hike through forest, explore nature and kayak the headlands. Within the Marlborough region there are more than 40 cellar doors including some of the top wine producers in the country, and visiting them for tastings, tours and leisurely lunches are a big attraction. Although you can drive yourself along a mapped out route, it's better to join a tour or hire transport so you can enjoy a wine or two. More Things To Do in Marlborough.

Getting To Marlborough

Christchurch is the international gateway to Marlborough, however getting to Marlborough from Christchurch requires a four and a half hour drive along State Highway 1 through Kaikoura and Seddon before reaching Blenheim and Picton. Although this is a scenic and enjoyable drive, there are a number of domestic flights available from Christchurch to Marlborough if you're short on time. Another excellent alternative is the TranzCoastal rail journey which offers stunning countryside and sightseeing of the Kaikoura Coast and Marlborough. The leisurely rail journey stops in Kaikoura and Seddon before reaching Picton and Blenheim. More about Getting to Marlborough.

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