Marlborough Sounds: unspoilt wilderness

Marlborough must have been an amazing place to visit in the last Ice Age, when a fair chunk of the...


The great river valleys of ancient Marlborough produced the internationally renowned sounds. © Westend61

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Havelock Garden Motel Visit website

Family-run motel offering traditional hospitality in a tranquil 5-acre garden setting in the heart of the town. 12 well-appointed, spotless, self-contained units. . . . More . . . 

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Long Island/Kokomahua Marine Reserve

Tucked away in the Marlborough Sounds, Long and Kokomohua islands are nestled inside the entrance to Queen Charlotte Sound. Read the story . . . 

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Picton House B&B and Motel Visit website

Picton House Bed and Breakfast (previously Marineland Heritage House B&B) is a traditional English style B&B offering accommodation within 200meters of the town centre & . . . More . . . 

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Cook Strait crossing: one of the most beautiful in the world

Anyone who has ever done a road trip of New Zealand will have indelible memories of their Cook Strait crossing. Read the story . . . 

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Interislander Visit website

Where the journey becomes a destination. Interislander travels between the North and South Islands of New Zealand and is one of the most spectacular cruises . . . More . . . 

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Marlborough: From the vines to the sea

As the probable landing place of the first waka ever to visit New Zealand, Marlborough is the home of the very first people ever to travel to this country.   Read the story . . . 

The Mussel Pot Visit website

Come in and enjoy the popular choice of steamed whole mussels or half-shell grilled mussels - both in a range of flavours. . . . More . . . 

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Off-the-beaten-track day walks

Explore hidden walking gems that require only a map, some sturdy footwear and a strong desire to get out there and explore.  Read the story . . . 

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Affinity Cruises

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Boating: Kiwis on the water

Going to the beach, lake or river for a splash is so commonplace in New Zealand, we seldom spare a thought for those in land-locked in places, thousands of kilometres from the shore. Read the story . . . 

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171 On High Motel Visit website

"We welcome you to 171 on High Motel in Blenheim. We are the only 4.5 star rated South Island accommodation to have been awarded TripAdvisors . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

The Queen Charlotte Track

The Queen Charlotte differs from others in the network of New Zealand’s Great Walks, in that the accommodation is in a whole other class to traditional bush-bashing experiences. Read the story . . . 

Ferrylink Motel Visit website

Ferrylink is a friendly owner-operated motel with easy-access ground-floor units complete with either kitchen or kitchenette & ensuite. Our studio, 1 and 2-bedroom units sleep . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Classic New Zealand Wine Trail: Napier to Blenheim

What better way to taste your way across islands and through three of New Zealand's major wine-producing regions than on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail... Read the story . . . 

4.6 /5
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Ashleigh Court Motel Visit website

Welcome to the Ashleigh Court Motel, located only 2 minutes walk to town centre and restaurants. We offer Free WIFI, modern spacious studio 1 and . . . More . . . 

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