The Marlborough region is situated on the north-eastern corner of the
South Island, due west of Wellington.
Marlborough is New Zealand's largest grape growing and wine making
region with 65 wineries, 290 grape growers and 4054 hectares in grape
production. Most of the wineries welcome visitors for tasting
sessions and many have a cafe or restaurant on site. Sauvignon Blanc is
the region's specialty, but wines made with Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot
Noir, Pinot Gris and Cabernet Sauvignon grapes also have a good reputation.
The visitor information centre supplies wine trail maps so that you can
find your own way around the vineyards.
Blenheim and Picton have good motels and good bed and breakfast
accommodation can be found throughout the wine growing area.
Ferry at Picton- Credit- Peter Hunt
Marlborough has been a holiday destination for generations because of the
Marlborough Sounds. The ferries from Wellington sail to Picton through
Queen Charlotte Sound, and Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds are also popular
with boaties. All three sounds can be explored by runabout, launch or
kayak. The beauty of the bush clad hills and the bird life, including
terns, shags, blue penguins, dolphins and seals also draw visitors to the
The 67km Queen Charlotte Track with accommodation available on the way
passes through coastal bush and along ridges which give splendid views of
Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds.
Marlborough Sounds - Credit- Peter Hunt
Guided trout fishing and hunting tours are also organised in Marlborough.
The average brown trout in this region weighs between 1 to 3 kg, depending
on the fishing ground.
Marlborough's towns and townships
Blenheim - the region's main town and a central base for vineyard visits
Picton - region's main commercial port and access to Queen Charlotte Sound
Havelock - the gateway to the Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds
Renwick - close to Blenheim, centre for the wineries region
Seddon - a farming area, now also known for crafts
Kekerengu - a pleasant place for refreshments on the journey south
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