Marlborough Things to Do

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Marlborough Things to Do

  • Picton

    Picton's main claim to fame is that it is the port at the southern end of the Cook Strait ferry crossing. It is also on the edge of New Zealand's wonderful Marlborough region. Picturesque sounds and delicious wine tastings spring to mind.The town was named after Sir Thomas Picton who, as a military associate of the Duke of Wellington, was killed in...

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  • Queen Charlotte Sound

    Queen Charlotte Sound is the second largest sound and lies parallel to Pelorus Sound to the east. With Picton at its head it is the route for the Cook Strait ferries.Grove Arm with and its head at Okiwa Bay has especially beautiful views from Queen Charlotte Drive.The sound is well known for its beautiful scenery and activities including hiking and...

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  • Mahau Sound

    Mahau Sound is a small arm of Pelorus Sound - the largest of the Malborough Sounds. It can be reached by boat from Havelock at the head of Pelorus Sound you can travel there by car along the road to Portage Bay.

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  • Cloudy Bay Winery

    A New Zealand winery started by an Aussie! There are even Eucalypts and Aussie nativres in the garden. Aussies and Kiwis are competitive over most things they have in common - even wine!Cloudy Bay has been instrumental in establishing the Marlborough wine industry with its superb Sauvignon Blanc. Although the first production in 1985 was with...

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  • Kenepuru Sound

    Kenepuru Sound is one of the larger arms of Pelorus Sound - the largest of the Malborough Sounds. It runs parallel to Queen Charlotte Sound and sometimes only a small stretch of land of a few hundred metres separates them. However there is a rather steep range to cross. The Queen Charlotte Track runs along the ridge of this range.

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  • Pelorus Sound

    Pelorus Sound is the largest of the Malborough Sounds - a sound is a submerged river valley rather than a fjord which is a glacial valley. The sound was first surveyed by HMS Pelorus in 1838 and takes its name from this survey. A perlorus was an instrument used for navigation on sailing ships and was istelf named after the pilot used by Hannibal...

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  • Picton Harbour

    Picton lays claim to two harbours - there is the main harbour which is the base for the interisland ferries as well as caostal fishing and trading.Lying parallel is Shakespeare Bay which is solely s cargo port.A fantastic view of the main harbour can be seen from a lookout on the Queen Charlotte Road. It is worth leaving a bit earlier for your...

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  • Cloudy Bay Marlborough

    Due to limited time, we visited three Marlborough wineries, of which the last – Cloudy Bay – was the most contradictory: the bouquet of an outstanding Pinot Noir turning tart after less than optimal service! In close proximity to Allan Scott on Jacksons Road nearer Old Renwick than Rapaura Road, our tasting began superbly with a Pinot Noir that...

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  • Allan Scott Wines

    Due to limited time, we selected three Marlborough wineries, of which the second – Allan Scott – was the most aesthetically pleasing. The cellar door staff refunded our modest wine tasting fee after we elected to indulge in a bottle of Millstone Sauvignon Blanc 2008.Standard of service was friendly and only slightly marred by the return of...

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  • Tipping a Saint Clair Sauvignon Blanc...

    The Marlborough Wine Region with more than 130 wineries is New Zealand's largest wine producing region turning out 79% of the country's total wine production. Sauvignon Blanc is the predominant wine style (65%) followed by Pinot Noir (13%), Chardonnay (10%) and Riesling (6%).There is an excellent map of the Marlborough Wine Trail at...

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  • Kenepuru Sound

    This sound is in the Marlborough Region. You can go across Mt Stokes to the southern edge of Kenepuru Sound. The forest there is very natural and you probably won't meet anyone.

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  • Wine tour

    These depart daily and private charter is available. Let The Sounds Connection guide you so you can have a relaxing day.sure you have a fun, relaxed and informative day. All guides are wine lovers themselves and really enjoy sharing their knowledgeOperates - daily all year roundFull Day Wine Tour:Departs 10.30am and returns 4.30pm - daily - all...

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  • Go Walking

    There are numerous tracks around the Marlborough area - especially around Picton & the Marlborough Sounds. The Queen Charlotte track is very popular and can be accessed via boat from Picton as your start point.

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  • Visit the Wineries

    There are a huge number of wineries in Marlborough. I have assessed a few on my Blenheim page so have a look there for details on each. Alan Scott is well worth a visit for both its wine & food so maybe a good start point.

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  • and then..

    back to the beaches, emty often only to share with a couple of seagull's,a flock of beautiful Tern's and the always present black head Shag....in the North Island the waters are warm, in the South fresh.around the Nelson Bay areas just perfect, enjoy!!

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  • on parade

    an exercise I love to watch, growing grapes thinking of wine. what a lovely drop they produce around here, white wine my favorite, Chardonnay actually. there are too many vinyards to mention, big ones, small ones..Boutique wine, costly so they are mostly exported. anyway..here is one, Oysterbay makes a great drop!

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  • not about must see

    you can't escape it...only when you fly from the North to the South and vice versa. otherwise you have to take the Ferry from Wellington to Picton....and you are amongst it.this trip has been my first, when I arrived in NZL 1987, of course I have been back, forwards..backwards. it was a very hot but georgous crossing through Cook Straight, right...

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  • Havelock

    is at the head of the Pelorous Sound, a small Town but importand center for processing shellfish.Pelorous Sound is worldwide known for excellent fishing, many American Business People fly over for a week or two and going fly fishing in the clear waters of the Pelorous River. if you an early bird, you can ask the the Launches who deliver the mail,...

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  • Lake Grassmere

    south of Blenheim on the way to Kaikoura is Lake Grassmere, NZ Salt ponds.Seawater is pumped into the main Lake and through evaporation and relentless wind salt crystal starts forming. of course the process is a little more complicated, but that's how I understood it. from the main Lake the seawater has to be pumped in smaller ponds, where the...

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  • Activities in the Sounds

    A sound is a valley drowned by the sea - forest and water merge to create a dramatic coastal landscape.Arrive by sea through the glorious maze of deep coves and bays of Queen Charlotte Sound. Fine restaurants and accommodation lodges beckon Explore the town of Picton. European settlement of this area began in the 1840s and many of the early...

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  • Adventures

    There’s more to Marlborough than wine - see what else happens in this beautiful region.Enjoy a high country horse trekking trip Explore private gardens open for viewing Local museums and restored heritage homes illustrate the early history of the region Find out about fly-fishing and hunting tours In summer you can do a guided tour of Molesworth...

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  • Collingwood

    the Town on the Aorere Rivermouth used to be a shipbuilding center and mentioned first 1843. But coal mines and later the Gold rush promised more fortune, but when the rush was gone, the coal mined Collingwood settled for a quiet Township life again. Farewell Spit a windy attraction, the furthes point of the South Island. there is speculation that...

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  • Picton

    Picton is a busy little Town,the South Island Terminal for the Cook Straight you have to ship in for Wellington or get off the Ferry from the North to the South. Situated at the beautiful Queen Charlott Sound, the Town enjoys a lush green from the Hills and the deep blue waters as a fine contrast. as a child I was told, green and blue colours do...

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  • the good Life

    the Sounds are a NZ treasure, peace and quiet, the Homesteads and Logdes often only by boat accessible.having a Family Bach here is just Paradise and mostly stay in the Family for Generations. When in the area, canoeing, boating with fishing included will be your pasttime...nothing else then Nature, Bellbirds and learning to relax again

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  • Blenheim

    the Sunshine Capital of New Zealand and famous Wine region. a busy Town,spacious with vibrant colours, but in the heat of the Summer, a uniform brown marks the region. in 1972 Blenheim had 2700 sunshine hours, the highest in the Country.

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