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Marlborough

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  • Contained in the north-east portion of the South Island, the Marlborough Region is most famous for incredible wines and the awe-inspiring Marlborough Sounds (you get a taste of the sounds if you catch the inter-islander ferry from Wellington to Picton).

    Considered one of the finest growing regions in the country alongside Otago and Hawke's Bay, the wineries here are not to be missed. The Marlborough Sounds are home to to the famous Queen Charlotte hiking track and D'Urville Island along with hundreds of kilometres of untouched coastline, islands and hidden coves.  

    Alongside visiting the prestigious wineries there are many other great attractions such as great walking and cycling trails. This region is best explored via car although many tours run out of Blenheim even taking you on water based journeys throughout the Marlborough Sounds. Picton is the main port where ferries between here and Wellington run daily to connect the two Islands.

  • 1 Marlborough Sounds
  • 2 Queen Charlotte Track
  • 3 Picton
  • 4 Blenheim
  • 5 D’Urville Island
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Marlborough Sounds

Contained in the north-east portion of the South Island, the Marlborough Region is most famous for incredible wines and the awe-inspiring Marlborough Sounds (you get a taste of the sounds if you catch the inter-islander ferry from Wellington to Picton).

Considered one of the finest growing regions in the country alongside Otago and Hawke's Bay, the wineries here are not to be missed. The Marlborough Sounds are home to to the famous Queen Charlotte hiking track and D'Urville Island along with hundreds of kilometres of untouched coastline, islands and hidden coves.  

Alongside visiting the prestigious wineries there are many other great attractions such as great walking and cycling trails. This region is best explored via car although many tours run out of Blenheim even taking you on water based journeys throughout the Marlborough Sounds. Picton is the main port where ferries between here and Wellington run daily to connect the two Islands.

 

Marlborough Sounds are located in the North eastern region of the South Island. The sounds are made up of four different sounds including Pelorus, Kenepuru Queen Charlotte and Mahau as well as a bunch of small islands making up for around 4000 kilometers of land within intercoastal and harbor areas. The sounds are host to some amazing sea life such as orca dolphins and many bird types. Common activities within the sounds include boat cruises, kayaking and wine tasting. The sounds also host some amazing accommodation options as this is the point with the Interislander Ferry connects the South Island to the North Island.

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Queen Charlotte Track

Queen Charlotte track is an amazing hiking/biking track that runs through the Queen Charlotte sound for over 70 km. Located in the Marlborough Sounds at the north eastern point of the South Island. The Queen Charlotte track is regularly walked, and both drop-offs/pick-ups can be arranged at either end of the track. The most northern point is the Historic Ship Cove where to can be dropped by boat and the southern end of the track is Anakiwa. Although hiking is more common on the track it’s also regularly travelled by mountain bike and is highly rated as one of the best single-track mountain bike rides in the country. Along the way you’ll get to experience some amazing coastal views luscious green forests and amazing birdlife.

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Picton

 

Picton is a small town located on the north coast of the South Island. Picton is well known as the destination where the large Inter Islander ferry joins up the two islands Picton being the gateway to the South Island when travelling by boat. Picton boast an amazing landscape as it is located within the Marlborough Sounds with luscious green hills deep blue waters and blue skies Picton will leave you in awe. There are lots of great activities to do within the area including boat tours of the sounds, dolphin watching, hiking and many more. The town also has some great cafes restaurants and bars and if you’re into seafood this is the place for you as much of the fresh seafood comes from within the sounds.

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Blenheim

 

Blenheim is a town located near the top of the South Island. The town and region host a range of different attractions from wineries and museums to natural landscapes you’ll find plenty to do around Blenheim. The Marlborough region produces around 75% of New Zealand’s Wine so it’s well worth visiting one of the beautiful wineries and trying a Sauvignon Blanc right from the source. If you’re after something slightly more active there are lots of mountain bike trails within the area as Well as hiking tracks that can easily be accessed from the town although plenty of operators provide shuttle services to and from the Tracks. Blenheim also has a decent size airport so if you’re travelling from Wellington or Christchurch you can easily find a flight in.

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D’Urville Island

 

D’Urville Island is located just north of the top of the South Island and is the eighth largest island in the country. It’s located near Marlborough Sounds so as you can imagine it host some beautiful scenery and landscapes! There are less than 100 people living here so it’s like stepping back in time when visiting the island. Like many other islands there are some amazing rear birds reptiles and other animals that can only be found offshore. There are also lots of great little walks and hikes around the island that will give you amazing views of waterfalls, native bush and the vast surrounding ocean. To get to the island you must cross French pass by boat which only takes around 15 minutes however depending on where you have departed from driving can take some time through the winding forest Roads.

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