NZ Marlborough District Information
On the northeast
edge of the South Island, Marlborough is a district of misty hills and sparkling
water ways. The ribbons of water and land that form the Marlborough Sounds are
immediately intriguing. A visit during autumn is hung with leaves of gold and
orange while summer is a perfect time to wander the regions gardens for fresh
stone fruit. Picturesque wineries top healthy green hills and seem to smile
under the New Zealand sun. It is the ninth largest region as area goes, and the
second smallest by way of population with 40,000 people.
There are two main
towns in Marlborough. Blenheim, Marlborough’s largest town, is vibrant with
parks and gardens, including Seymour Square, which features a multi-colored
fountain and historic monument. Formal gardens, themed gardens, forest preserves
and parks fill the area with beautiful vegetation. Blenhiem is the home of
Marlborough’s main theaters and cultural boards. There are dining options of
every kind, ranging from cafes to restaurants with everything from Chinese to
Mediterranean. Head to the Wairau Plains to the vineyards for a tasting of
Marlborough’s world recognized Sauvignon Blanc, and stay for lunch or dinner.
South of Blenheim is the village of Kaikoura, which offers from its shore views
of dolphin pods, seals and whales as they bask in the sun. Reaching Kaikoura
involves the breathtaking drive down the Pacific Coast highway along the beaches
that look out at a seeming endless ocean.
Marlborough’s second center of urban life. Visit Picton by taking a ferry from
the capital of New Zealand, Wellington, and spend a peaceful day watching
dolphins along Marlborough’s coast to Queen Charlotte’s Sound. The forested
hills rise sharply out of the water, framing the beaches of Queen Charlotte’s
Sound in charming curls and twists. The Queen Charlotte Track is an excellent
multi-day hike with easy accommodation along the way. The track provides
breathtaking views of lushly vegetated mountains that dive into dark blue
waters. The food and accommodations available along these turns of land have a
way of providing all the extra amenities needed to make a vacation complete.
Marlborough in a
region of hills and valleys feed by long rivers that has proven uniquely suited
for growing grapes, and is renown for the excellence of its Sauvignon Blanc.
Days can be spent touring the vineyards of the region. The Wairau Plain Wineries
are the largest grape growing area in New Zealand. It is possible to follow a
wine trial, stopping at not only vineyards but breweries, distillers and even
olive groves and end the day by dine outside among, in the very midst of wine
For the diver,
there are several ship wrecks to chose from and explore while in Marlborough.
There are trails to follow alone and guided hikes to lead a traveler into the
hills of Marlborough as well as horseback riding and biking. With the help of a
Maori tour guide, the legends of the region can come to life for those visiting.
The area also flourishes with small arts and crafts boutiques that help provide
balance to a vacation in Wine country.