This itinerary is for people who not only love food and wine, but also enjoy the journey from the farmer’s gate to the dinner plate.
Day 1 – wine country
Compare wines from throughout the region, learn about the history of wine in Marlborough and visit boutique family producers as well as recognised brands such as Cloudy Bay. Rest over lunch at a vineyard café or restaurant such as Brancott Estate Heritage Centre or Wither Hills. For those that are wanting something more active, join an Explore Marlborough wine tour by bike and cycle your way around the Marlborough wine region. Finish the day with dinner at Herzog Estate or Gibbs on Godfrey.
Overnight in a Blenheim or Picton hotel, or be pampered in one of the many boutique B&Bs or vineyard cottages throughout the wine region.
Day 2 – hidden surprises
Spend the morning with Explore Marlborough visiting some of Marlborough’s boutique food producers.
Visit them in their homes and sample their delicious products whether it be olive oil, hazelnuts, herbs, award winning cheeses or summer fruits, there is sure to be something to delight. Lunch at your choice of vineyard restaurant before spending the afternoon learning how to make your own cheese or blending a fine wine, the choices are endless.
Alternatively, explore the Marlborough Sounds with Marlborough Tour Company's Seafood Odyssea cruise. Visit a King Salmon farm, feed the fish, learn about mussel farming and finish the day feasting on salmon and mussels matched with a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Overnight in Blenheim or in the seaside town of Picton.
Day 3 – options galore
Continuing on the food and wine theme, visit Yealands Estate in Seddon, a 40 minute drive from Blenheim.
Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting and a guided sustainable winery tour, or relax in one of their picnic areas with a hamper. Take in the picturesque views across the vineyards and Cook Strait on a self-guided tour following ‘The White Road’. The route starts from the cellar door where you can collect a map of the property.
If in Marlborough on a Sunday, don’t miss the Farmers’ Market for a collection of produce from throughout the region. If a break from food and wine is needed, visit local gardens and artists’ studios.
Be inspired by the heroes of World War One aviation at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre made possible by Peter Jackson’s Wingnut Films and Weta Workshop.
Or visit a local marae with Maori Experiences. Here you will experience a traditional welcome, sample Maori food, participate in an interactive cultural activity (such as flax weaving, traditional Maori instruments or Maori weaponry) and learn about the significance of the carved meeting house.
Some of our favourite things to do in and around Marlborough.