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There are two distinct sides to Marlborough: the magical waterways of the Marlborough Sounds and the wine country of Blenheim. Be sure to experience them both.
Many visitors to the South Island enjoy the interisland ferry trip, either arriving in or departing from the picturesque port town of Picton. While this gives a glimpse of the stunning Marlborough Sounds scenery, spending a bit of extra time and exploring further will definitely reward.
Charter a launch or yacht to cruise the waterways and discover quiet, secluded bays for your anchorage, or take one of the many commercial launch trips for a few hours or to experience a stay at a romantic waterfront lodge with no road access. The famed Queen Charlotte Walking Track winds its way through the forests and above the bays; and be sure to visit Captain Cook’s favourite spot in New Zealand – Ship Cove.
Head for the wine country surrounding Blenheim and sample the fabulous wines including the world beating Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. You can even tour the vineyards by bike!
You will want to stay a while so make yourself comfortable as you choose your Marlborough accommodation from a huge range of hotels, motels, motor inns and luxury boutique accommodation, or experience Kiwi hospitality in homes offering Bed & Breakfast, farmstays and homestays. There are vineyard accommodation options too.
Key towns for Marlborough accommodation are Picton, Blenheim, Havelock and the Marlborough Sounds with many other country accommodation options too.
The beautiful and isolated outer Queen Charlotte Sound
The Outer Queen Charlotte Track (previously known as The Captain Cook Trail) is located in the beautiful Marlborough Sounds (the top of the South Island of New Zealand). It runs from Ship Cove (the start of the Queen Charlotte Track) north to the Cape Jackson lighthouse at the extreme tip of Queen Charlotte Sound, and home of Queen Charlotte Wilderness Park.
Traditionally the trail is walked in two stages, each involving a full days walking. Short side trails are dotted along the main track, which lead to places of interest such as the private golden sand beach (a perfect lunch
Phone: +64 3 579 9025
Address: Cape Jackson, Queen Charlotte Sound.
Opposite Picton Infomation Center on the Picton Foreshore
Heralded as one of the countries premier walking trails The Queen Charlotte Track is becoming instantly recognised as New Zealands most scenic and relaxing coastal walks. From fern fringed bays and lush green forest to stunning skyline vistas its easy to see why.
Top this with comfortable accommodation in luxury lodges along with fine dining restaurants and you have all the requirements for a gourmet walking holiday in style.
Walked over four days, The Queen Charlotte Track (71 km, 40 miles) is well maintained with the majority of the streams bridged and has a v
Phone: 021 268 8879
Mobile (and SMS): 021 268 8879
Address: 11 Hampden Street, Picton
Queen Charlotte Sound Marlborough Sounds New Zealand
Join our day, overnight or multi day guided or unguided walking/boat tours to explore the Outer Queen Charlotte Sounds and Outer Sanctuary Islands.
Each day sets out on a variation of exciting places to explore.
Walk in Captain Cooks footsteps at Ship Cove. Travel through virgin forest in the outer reaches of the Queen Charlotte Sound.
Visit the predator free Sanctuary Islands Motuara and Bluemine, and see some of New Zealands rarest and endangered native birds. Also observe the native flora flourishing.
Explore the Cape Jackson peninsula
Phone: 03 573 9026
Mobile (and SMS): 027 6264757
Address: Cape Jackson Private Bag 363, Picton
Other Rural Marlborough
Prices from $160 to $220
1 hour south of Blenheim in the Awatere Valley
The Awatere Tussock Track is a 3 day unguided walk through the back country of Glen Orkney, the Harvey family farm in the Awatere Valley of Marlborough.The walk takes you through rolling tussock covered hills, along bush clad creeks and out into the rugged high country where the mountain views are spectacular.
Along the way you walk through reserves of protected, regenerating native plants and through grazing merino sheep. These sheep provide wool for the famous Icebreaker brand of clothing.
The welcoming and clean accommodation at the cottage and purpose built ba
Phone: 03 575 7361
Address: Glen Orkney 1085 Medway Valley Road Blenheim
Other Rural Marlborough
Ward, Marlborough (40 minutes south of Blenheim, 1 hour nort
This 48km walk over four days is enough of a challenge that you will feel incredibly proud of your physical achievement, however you’ll have such a social time enjoying the whole experience that you’ll wonder where the days went.
This area, ideally situated between Kaikoura and Blenheim on the South Island’s East coast is steeped in history and rich in flora, fauna and geology, keeping walkers inspired from The Homestead to the Lighthouse.
Your four day walk includes accommodation along the way in four clean, comfortable cottages, each with hot showers and t
Phone: +64 3 5756 876 or +64 3 5756 8
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