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Explore Marlborough New Zealand more than just wonderful wineries!

Explore - Marlborough, NZ - from wilderness to wineries

5 minutes (or door to door)

Marlborough Wine & Food Trail: Marlborough's reputation has been driven by the world leading Sauvignon Blanc that is produced in the region. As the largest wine producing region, it is often referred to as New Zealand’s 'wine capital', with over 40 world class wineries within an easy drive.Wine is not the only gem to be found in Marlborough, it is a gourmet’s paradise with world class olive oil, seafood, and fruit and vegetables all being produced in the region.

Savor marvellous Marlborough wine at top quality local wineries, have a nominated driver or we can organise a wine tour either private, or part of a group, or if you are feeling fit we can book you on a Wine Tour by Bike.

Enjoy a walk along the beach at Rarangi just 7km away, on the rugged coast of Cloudy Bay. Walk over to Monkey Bay or for a more strenuous walk, head over to White's Bay.

15 minutes

Be captivated by the spectacular native scenic beauty of the Marlborough Sounds, rich in natural history with 1500 kms of coastline.

Walking the Queen Charlotte track - just 15 minutes drive to your departure point. We can help arrange parking in Picton.

Picton and the Marlborough Sounds

You will be just 18k from the charming seaside township of Picton, home to the Picton Interisland Ferries, and your set off point to explore the Marlborough Sounds with its unspoiled wilderness of native forest reaching down to secluded beaches and clear blue water - hike, bike, take a cruise.

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

One of the world's largest private collections of World War 1 aircraft, both originals and replicas, and rare memorabilia.

Sydney Morning Herald travel writer Bruce Elder has recently visited the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and has written in his on-line blog:

"The best Museum in the World? I am not exaggerating"



Nanette, your host, says that she is not that interested in aircraft but has happily spent 60-90 minutes captivated by the exhibits - and it is next door to wineries when you finish!

Within 20 minutes

60 World class Marlborough Wineries

Whether your taste is for Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noit, Bubbly, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris or dessert wine, we can point you in the right direction. There are small boutique wineries producing hand crafted wines up to large wineries. You may recognise some of their names:

  • Cloudy Bay, Villa Maria, Brancott, Wither Hills
  • St Clair, Spy Valley
  • Huia, Bladen, Seresin, Auntsfield
  • Giesen, Hunter Wines, Georges Michel

Also well worth a visit is Yealands Estate Winery Situated in the Awatere Valley about 30 minutes drive south of Blenheim (40 minutes from Marlborough B & B), Yealands is the the largest privately owned vineyard in the Southern Hemisphere (1000 hectares) and was recently awarded the International Winner for Sustainable Wine Tourism Practices.The Cellar Door demonstrates the winery's world leadership in sustainable wine production.

Yealands offers complimentary tasting of wines and a guided sustainable winery tour, (by appointment). Take in the picturesque views across the vineyard and Cook Strait on the self-guided vineyard tour, and relax in the picnic areas - a picnic hamper is available by prior arrangement.

and slightly further afield

90 minutes

Queen Charlotte Drive: Drive through the Marlborough Wineries Golden Mile towards the green lipped mussel capital of the world, Havelock. Turn right in to Queen Charlotte Drive climbing the steep hills with breathtaking scenery of turquoise colored water and sandy beaches until reaching Picton. Have a browse around Picton before heading home to Tuamarina.

The city of Nelson is a great destination for good food and fine art with its numerous galleries and street cafes. Enjoy the year-round sunshine, fine local wines, abundant seafood, and a relaxed holiday atmosphere.

Just under 2 hours

The seaside settlement of Kaikoura, situated south on the rugged east coast, is overlooked by majestic mountains, often snow-capped. Kaikoura is host of many eco-tourism oriented activities, including Whale watching, Dolphin swimming, walks, and much more!.

Discover the heart and soul of the centre of the centre of New Zealand on a Molesworth Station High Country Day tour from Blenheim, a must do attraction for visitors to Marlborough. Majestic scenery, a real middle of NZ tour, see wildlife, hear about the history, visit a Merino shearing shed in the high country, explore an historic homestead.


Rarangi Beach - just 7k away

Magnificent Marlborough Sounds

Last Flight of the Red Baron, Omaka

Omaka Heritage Aviation Centre near Marlborough Bed and Breakfast


Wine tasting at wonderful Marlborough wineries


Boatshed Restaurant Nelson - great for lunch

Whalewatch Kaikoura - a day trip from Marlborough Bed & Breakfast © Whale Watch Kaikoura.

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