You’re excused if you forget for a moment that you’re here for the wine. The Marlborough Sounds with their endless tranquil bays, glassy waters and lush hillsides are simply breathtaking. Disembark the Interislander ferry and take a boat to your secluded hotel. Plunge at night into the cool salty bays and watch the waters explode around you with the light of phosphorescent plankton. Kayak in the quiet mornings with seals splashing around your paddles. Hike or bike the multi-day Queen Charlotte Track spending each night at a luxury resort.

Then there’s the wine. Marlborough is New Zealand’s top wine region– famous for its crisp sauvignon blancs. But ‘sav blancs’ (as the kiwis call them) are only many varietals grown here. Pair your wine with local green lipped mussels at one of many terrific restaurants. Cap your day of vineyard tours with a visit to a modern Maori art gallery.  Or visit the famous Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, chaired by Peter Jackson

Top Activities in Marlborough, New Zealand:

World famous sauvignon blanc wines
Boating the still waters in the early morning
Walking the beautiful Queen Charlotte Track
Walking in Wither Hills Farm Park – for great views over Marlborough and the Wairau Plains
Going snapper fishing or learning the eco-history of the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds

Scenic Walks in Mt Cook and Aoraki. Image: Tourism New Zealand
The Iconic Kauri Cliffs Golf Course, Bay of Islands
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New Zealand Vacation: Off the Beaten Track Adventure

This New Zealand Vacation: Off the Beaten Track Adventure was designed for a honeymoon couple from Los Angeles. They were avid hikers, and they wanted to experience beautiful wilderness and outdoor adventures away from the usual tourist areas. We sent them on a road trip to some of the most breathtaking parts of the South Island Read More…

Trip Type: Wildlife & Wilderness, Outdoor Adventure, Family Travel, Romantic Getaways