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Destinations - Marlborough District
Can you resist spectacular scenery, glistening waterways, fine wines & food, gardens, adventures, recreational delights & world-class facilities along with an enjoyable sunny climate? Find all of this & more in Marlborough region encompassing Blenheim, Picton, Havelock & breathtaking Marlborough Sounds.
The biggest grape-growing region in NZ, now produces some of the finest wines in NZ & the world. Local wine trails provide a popular way to see & sample what Marlborough has to offer.
Many wineries have tasting facilities & restaurants; stay on a vineyard for a romantic interlude. Marlborough Wine Festival is an annual event attracting enthusiasts from around the world.
Another new exciting event is the Air Show, held every second Easter, alternating with Wanaka.
Action-seekers can enjoy white-water rafting, horse trekking, 4-wheel driving treks, hunting, fishing, kayaking, swimming, water-skiing, diving, tandem paragliding, scenic flights, mountain biking, river boat cruises & hiking on the many tracks in the region.
Blenheim's art & craft trail includes weavers, artists, silk painters, bone carvers, dried flower arrangers, potters, wood sculptors & 2 art galleries. Public parks, a host of private gardens are also open to visitors.
The beautiful Marlborough Sounds comprise 3 main waterways - Queen Charlotte, Pelorus & Kenepuru Sounds. Recreational opportunities are boundless; fishing, kayaking, & boat cruises, dolphin & bird watching eco trips.
Walk the Queen Charlotte Track (3-4 days) enjoying comfortable lodge accommodation along the way.
Set in Queen Charlotte Sound , Picton is scenically stunning & the port for interisland ferries; a favoured stopover for overseas cruise ships. Visit Edwin Fox floating museum.
Havelock in upper Pelorus Sound was once a busy gold mining town now thriving on green-lipped mussel industry; quaint colonial buildings now house cafes, galleries, restaurants & accommodation.
Whilst in Havelock , explore the historic gold mining township of Canvastown.