Marlborough is the wine capital of New Zealand, famous for its Sauvignon Blanc wines, which have put the region on the world map.
Wairau Valley is a large plain flanked on the North by the beautiful, blue Richmond Ranges and to the South by the spectacular Wither Hills.
There are a raft of attractions to enjoy in our region, and as your hosts we are happy to help you in the planning of your day, so your Marlborough experience will exceed all expectations.
Following are just some of the local activities you can enjoy.
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre – houses an outstanding exhibition of WW1 aircraft and artifacts along with lifelike scene recreations done by Weta Workshops. Every second year the Classic Fighters Air show is held at Easter. www.omaka.org.nz
Omaka Classic Car Museum – houses a range of cars from the 1950’s through to the 1980’s and is a great spot for enthusiasts to visit. www.omakaclassiccars.co.nz
Garden Visiting – Marlborough has world class, private gardens that can be enjoyed and visited by appointment – www.gardens.org.nz and www.gardenstovisit.co.nz
Artists – there are many talented artists in the region as well as local Galleries to visit. www.dudsonscottgallery.nz www.marlboroughartists.co.nz
Wineries – with 168 wineries (statistics 2014) , and many with wonderful restaurants all within minutes of each other, you can self drive, or cycle the wine trail www.wine-marlborough.co.nz
Wine tours by bike will plan a personalised tour with you that caters to your abilities and needs and show you their favourite routes, scenic spots, vineyards, wineries, vineyard restaurants and cafes, arts & crafts, olive oils and the pick of seasonal fruit. www.winetoursbybike.co.nz
Explore Marlborough. A guided Marlborough wine tour will give you unique insights into Marlborough wine. Explore the roads (and rows) less travelled, visit cellar doors with remarkable stories, and try sublime wines amid the vines. www.exploremarlborough.co.nz
The Vines Village is a collection of boutique stores, a must visit destination for lovers of wine, food, art & design. www.thevinesvillage.co.nz
Lilac Wine is a gallery and gift boutique shop with a difference. Promoting Kiwi artists & designers. The gifts are contemporary, stylish and design led, including homeware, ceramics, glassware and candles. www.lilacwine.co.nz
Golf Courses – within 10 minutes you can be at the beautiful Waterlea Golf Course or Fairhall Golf Course where you can hire what you need and enjoy a round, in a picturesque setting.
Walking paths – Wither Hills Farm Park has tracks for all fitness levels, and superb views over the whole Wairau plains and out to sea.
Catch the water taxi in Picton (20 minutes away) and visit Lochmara Lodge or Bay of Many Coves Resort for lunch, while enjoying cruising in the Queen Charlotte Sound.
Visit the quaint town of Havelock, just 30 minutes away and famed for its Greenshell Mussels. At the Marina you can take a 3 hour cruise into the Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds and visit a Mussel farm or you could enjoy lunch at the Slip Inn Cafe, right in the marina watching boats coming and going. www.havelocknz.com/locationMarlborough Tour Company – luxury tours and cruises of the Marlborough region, featuring the best wine, seafood and scenery Marlborough has to offer. Led by experienced local guides, focused on your enjoyment. www.marlboroughtourcompany.co.nz
Further a field day trips:
Lake Rotoiti, just over an hours drive takes you into the Alpine region of St Arnaud, a village like settlement around the large Lake where there are walking trails to explore through the native bush.
Nelson, a 1 ½ hour drive away, the founding place of the Wearable Arts Show in 1987. The WOW and Classic Car Museum is well worth a visit. Iconic waterfront cafes.
Kaikoura – a 1 1/2 hour drive away, takes you to the small coastal town where you can go whale watching or swimming with the dolphins. It has a spectacular Peninsula walk with views of the sea and mountains.
Queen Charlotte Walking and Cycling Track – for those who are wanting a little more of a challenge or a leisurely walk in beautiful beech forest with spectacular views. www.queencharlottetrack.co.nz