Marlborough Highlights

This itinerary has been designed to fit into a shorter New Zealand itinerary featuring Marlborough's two most well-known assets, wine and the Marlborough Sounds.


DAY 1

Wine Country

Arrive in Marlborough in the morning ready to start your wine tour late morning. Join a guided van or bike tour, or hire a bike, and choose from more than 30 cellar doors, tasting award winning wines along the way. Indulge in a leisurely lunch at a vineyard restaurant, and pair the wine with local produce to create the ultimate match made in Marlborough.  

Stay the night in your choice of Marlborough accommodation whether it be in the heart of Blenheim, amongst the vines or in the seaside town of Picton. 

Arriving early? Full day wine touring options are also available or make time for a visit to the internationally acclaimed Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, with its theatrical displays of WWI and WWII aircraft and memorabilia.

Fun Fact: Omaka's WW1 exhibition is a collection of Peter Jackson's (the man behind The Lord of The Rings movies) aircraft, and the scenes have been helped come to life by Weta Workshop.

DAY 2

The Marlborough Sounds 

Make your way to Picton or Havelock – two scenic seaside towns and gateways to the Marlborough Sounds. Spend some time in Picton and Havelock exploring boutique shops and galleries, relaxing at cafes with brilliant views, or exploring the surrounding walking and biking trails.

Explore the Marlborough Sounds, where 1500km of winding coastline is home to secluded bays, historic sites, marine reserves and precious island sanctuaries, which foster kiwi and other native species. Cruise or kayak your way through the Marlborough Sounds, home to dolphins, whales, seals and seabirds. Walk or cycle over bush clad ridgelines of the 70km Queen Charlotte Track (A to B on the Map) starting at Ship Cove, Captain Cook’s favourite NZ landing site. If you're short on time, you can also walk just a section of the track, with watertaxis providing return transfers from Picton. The watertaxis also come into their own with the option of having your heavy packs transfered to your accommodation each night, allowing to walk with just a day pack.

If you're looking for an unforgettable drive out of Havelock, head out towards the iconic Pelorus Bridge, before heading into the Marlborough Sounds and out to French Pass for one of the most scenic drives in New Zealand. Another scenic drive is to travel between Picton and Havelock via Queen Charlotte Drive, offering stunning views out to the sounds.

These are just ideas to get you started, you can easily spend a few weeks here in sunny Marlborough.

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