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Cook Strait: through one of the world’s roughest stretches of water to spectacular beauty and calm

Enjoy the 70-kilometre rite of passage for any Kiwi of merit through the Roaring Forties and one of the world’s roughest and most unpredictable stretches of water to the spectacular beauty and calm of the Marlbourough Sound.

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Queen Charlotte Track: camp, bike, walk . . . if you can tear your eyes away from the views

Walk or bike between Queen Charlotte and Keneperu sounds and go as hard out or as comfy as you like in this slice of paradise with a seamless network of camping spots, resorts and lodges en route along with water and pack transfers when you need them.

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Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve: enchanting rocky gorge

Explore this enchanted, rocky gorge, an easy drive between Blenheim and Nelson, with its crystal clear river and towering, ancient forests where the dwarves and hobbits of The Hobbit floated downstream in their barrels before drifting ashore on to its sandy beach.

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The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival: sample the local sauvignon blanc on its home turf

Fail to sample the local sauvignon blanc on its home turf and miss out on sipping the exuberant and intense varietal in the sacred space that first introduced New Zealand wine to the world.