The Marlborough region of New Zealand is located at the north east tip of the South Island. Marlborough is known for its dry climate, the picturesque Marlborough Sounds, and award winning wines. The Marlborough wine region represents 62% of the total vineyard area in New Zealand. The main grape variety here is Sauvignon Blanc, closely followed by Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Blenheim, situated on the Wairau Plain, is the regions capital and is the focal point for the Marlborough wine growing region. A number of wineries are located on the towns edges, with many more just a short drive away. The Blues, Brews and BBQ's festival which comprises of Blues and Jazz music, food and a variety of beer and wine is held in Blenheim every February, as it the Marlborough Food & Wine Festival, NZ's longest running and most popular wine festival.
Picton is the arrival and departure point of the Interislander ferries from Wellington, and Picton also serves transport to and from the Marlborough Sounds.
This region offers a wide range of leisure activities, from swimming with dolphins and kayaking in the Marlborough Sounds, walks through the bush and along the rugged coastline, as well as scenic boat cruising, fishing and water sports. The relaxed lifestyle and the flourishing wine and gourmet food industry in Marlborough are enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike.
There are many accommodation options and great things to do in the area such as
French Fields Marlborough New Zealand offers fine bed and breakfast and self contained accommodation
This boutique bed & breakfast accommodation is located 5 minutes from Blenheim, and is surrounded by fields of lavender and olives amongst Marlborough's renowned vineyards and wineries.
Raetihi Lodge, Marlborough Sounds
Since the 1930s, Raetihi Lodge has built a reputation as one of the most popular destinations in the Marlborough Sounds.
‘The Marlborough Sounds’ is one of New Zealand’s iconic playgrounds and has for over 100 years attracted local and international visitors who share a passion for activities such as boating, fishing, hiking, sailing, diving, relaxing …and the finer things in life.
Maraqeta Fishing Lodge
Serenely located on the banks of the Wairau River, Maraqeta offers a relaxing, private lodge environment and a friendly welcome all year round.
Just 20 kilometres out of Blenheim township, Maraqeta Lodge lies within minutes of plentiful, internationally renowned vineyards, local galleries and scenic walks, as well as a mix of mainstreet and boutique shopping http://www.nzonline.org.nz/nzo/business/maraqeta-lodge--fishing-tours-blenheim-marlborough
Mistletoe Bay Holiday Resort, Queen Charlotte Sound Marlborough Sounds holiday resort, ideal for family holidays, school camps, conferences, functions and weddings
Beautiful and sheltered, Mistletoe Bay is situated in the spectacular waterways of the Queen Charlotte Sound, South Island, New Zealand
Environmental sustainability and promoting conservation are at the core of the resort’s ethos and objectives.
A perfect destination for your:
Conference & Team Building Exercises
Wedding, Family Gathering or Community Meeting
For other great option in the area go to http://www.nzonline.org.nz/nzo/destinations/marlborough