You' re going to love Marlborough, New Zealand.
Situated on the sunny north-eastern corner of the South Island, Marlborough offers a unique combination of waterways, wine and wilderness - all in reach for visitors who seek a destination that offers the best of all worlds.
As New Zealand's largest wine-making region, vineyards and grape-growing dominate the inland landscape. The region offers more than 65 wineries to visit either via hosted tour, self-drive, cycle or walking trails. Complementing the award-winning wines, Marlborough's thriving restaurant, café and bar culture serves local delicacies - from salmon and green-lipped mussels to fruit liqueurs and fine olive oil all prepared with flair and passion.
The waterways of the Marlborough Sounds encompass 1500 kilometres of coastline, a myriad of deep coves and bays fringed by secluded beaches and native bush which provide unlimited opportunities for cruising, sailing, fishing, diving, sea-kayaking and more.
Or you can simply relax beneath sun-drenched skies in one of New Zealand's most picturesque landscapes. Kick-back at a farm stay, boutique lodge or resort at the water's edge or choose from numerous motels, hotels and Bed and Breakfast establishments.
Marlborough's a particularly popular place in the summer so make sure you visit www.destinationmarlborough.com where you can make your accommodation and activity choices right now.
Spring in November is a time of renewal. The beauty of this region is enhanced by the newborn flowers and vines.
Hunter's Garden Marlborough: this annual celebration of gardening whose primary purpose is and always has been to promote the beautiful gardens of Marlborough to the world. The festival also features entertaining and informative seminars & workshops.
From summer concerts to wine events, this is the place to enjoy the best of New Zealand.
BMW Wine Marlborough Festival: come & experience this highly acclaimed festival and celebrate the region's excellence with a stunning line-up of wine, food & jazz. Three super-top marquees will showcase around 200 wines from 40 wineries.
Classic Fights Marlborough Air Show: more than just an air show, aircraft are displayed as part of a theatrical spectacle, with battle scenes from both World Wars re-enacted on the ground as well as the air. Prepare for a spectacular weekend of fun & aeroplanes in the gourmet province of Marlborough.
Autumn is our favourite season in Marlborough. The weather is typically mild and sunny, the landscape is awash with the glorious colors of ripened vines and the Marlborough Sounds offer settled waters for cruising, fishing and just relaxing.
Autumn is a great time of year to capture the essence of Marlborough - touring world famous wineries, trekking the historic native forest walks and cruising in the idyllic Marlborough Sounds. In town and country there are galleries, museums, craft studios as well as regional cuisine specialities and award-winning Sauvignon Blancs to discover, with numerous tours taking in the best. You'll find history here too - from the Maori legends of Kupe, stories of settlement and battles past, to explorer Captain James Cook who favored the Marlborough Sounds as a base while charting New Zealand in the 18th Century.
Or you can simply relax in the autumnal colors of one of New Zealand's most picturesque landscapes. Kick back at a farm stay, boutique lodge or resort at the water's edge or choose from numerous motels, hotels and Bed and Breakfast establishments.
Make sure you visit www.destinationmarlborough.com where you can make your accommodation and activity choices right now. We know you'll love it here!
As one of the sunniest spots in New Zealand all year round, Marlborough is the perfect place to unwind in the winter.
Clear sunny skies by day are perfect for cruising in the sparkling waters of the Marlborough Sounds and there's no better time to be fishing in the calm and sheltered coves and bays of the Pelorus and Queen Charlotte. Hike or bike amongst spectacular native bush. Explore the many tracks and trails along the coastline, the arts and craft route from the picturesque rural countryside to charming seaside towns or Marlborough's famous wine trail.
The nights are crisp and cool – ideal for indulging in the flavours of Marlborough. Sample and savor acclaimed wines at more than 50 wineries – each with its own character and ambience. Match with seasonal specialities and local seafood at a host of cafes and restaurants. And snuggle into Marlborough's famously friendly hospitality at a waterside resort or boutique lodge tucked amongst the vineyards.
For more information on events, accommodation and activity choices visit the official Marlborough visitor information site www.destinationmarlborough.com
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