Marlborough is situated at the top of the South Island of New Zealand, an area of natural beauty and with its warm, sunny climate it is also the countryís main wine producing region. Many wineries offer you the opportunity to tour and to taste; some of the best-known wines come from this region including Sauvignon Blanc, the regions speciality.
Blenheim makes a good base to begin your explorations of the wineries; it is the largest town in the Marlborough region and its location in the centre of the wine-making region make it a popular holiday destination
. It also makes an ideal stopover before heading down the coast. The town has some lovely public gardens, a museum and art gallery
among its visitor attractions. The market square features an ornate rotunda, on Seymour Square is a multi-coloured fountain, at night it looks fantastic.
The Marlborough Centre and the Boathouse Theatre are the main places for entertainment and culture. A visit to Brayshaw Museum Park may be of interest where you will see a re-constructed colonial village and old farm machinery.
There are some excellent restaurants where you can sample local food and wine. Other towns in the region include Picton and Havelock. Blenheim is just under an hours drive from Picton. With an abundance of mountains, native bush, coastline and waterways this area is ideal for outdoor activities.
Picton is a picturesque coastal town and the South Islands terminal for the Cook Strait ferries to Wellington, steeped in maritime history and gateway to the Queen Charlotte Track and Marlborough Sands. The Picton Marina provides moorings for cruise vessels, yachts and motorboats and is within easy walking distance to the bars, shops cafes and restaurants. Cruises and excursions are available from the port area. Why not take a short bush walk and spend some time on one the secluded beaches.
On Picton waterfront you will find the Aquarium Marlborough Sounds where you will see many local fish species. Picton Museum tells the story of Captain Cooks visit in the 1770ís and New Zealandís whaling times.
The Queen Charlotte Track is a 67km walking track running from Anakiwa to Ship Cove, you may want to walk a part of the track, it is well worth doing and see the spectacular scenery and wildlife yourselves.
The Marlborough Sounds are a maze of sheltered waterways and secluded coves offering visitors a wealth of outdoor leisure activities including water skiing and kayaking. There are numerous walking trails, historic sites and wildlife to enjoy as well as some outstanding views
The Queen Charlotte Drive between Picton and Havelock is a delightful scenic drive; the 35km route on the narrow winding road passes through picturesque hamlets and numerous bays.
This region has a wealth of recreational activities, visitor attractions and spectacular scenery, you can relax and go boat cruising, swim with dolphins or enjoy some of the more demanding outdoor pursuits available. There is something to suit all ages, you are sure to have a memorable holiday.