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Beautiful Marlborough

Marlborough is best known for its world-renowned wines, temperate climate, sunny days and scenic beauty. Vineyard tours are a major attraction in the area with over 40 cellar doors to enjoy. The world-class Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay can be tasted on a Marlborough winery tour by our coaches. Blenheim is the largest town in Marlborough and the best place to start your winery tour.  Hire a bus in Blenheim to enjoy all that Marlborough has to offer.  The other major Marlborough attraction is the Marlborough Sounds where the ferry runs between Picton and Wellington. 

Enjoy the magnificent stretch of coastline in the Marlborough sounds with boats, kayaks or jet skis. With Marlborough activities like fishing, diving and swimming with the dolphins or seals, there’s plenty to keep you busy on your journey. On land, the Marlborough Sounds is seen via the Queen Charlotte Track. 

New Zealand Green Shell Mussels are the delicacy of the area, with a large proportion of the mussels farmed in the Marlborough Sounds. Marlborough is an outdoor adventure travellers dream with Nelson Lakes National Park and the Marlborough Sounds popular destinations for coastal walks, seal watching, sea kayaking and scenic cruises to remote bush-clad bays. Marlborough has an interesting mix of accommodation options from the usual backpackers, holiday parks, motels and hotels through to some truly unique and rural retreats including bed and breakfasts, luxury hosted accommodation, self-contained cottages and villas. Choose from waterfront, vineyard settings or quaint historical establishments in the country or centrally located accommodation in town, the choice is yours.

Marlborough and the surrounding towns offer interesting museums and art and craft galleries that reflect the early settlement of the area. Other Marlborough activities include high country four wheel driving, heli fishing, mountain bike treks, skydiving and whale watching down on the coast off Kaikoura. Marlborough’s dry climate also produces some of the best produce in New Zealand with grapes, apples, olives, asparagus, strawberries, cherries and stone fruit varieties all available in abundance depending on the season.