Right at the tippy top of New Zealand’s South Island is the magnificent Marlborough region. Renowned for its delightful climate, being the home of Sauvignon Blanc (and more!), and a diverse range of landscapes, Marlborough is a must-visit.  

From the vines to the wines 

Wairau River Wines, Marlborough
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It wouldn’t be a trip to Marlborough if you didn’t experience at least one of its spectacular vineyards. With 90% of New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blanc produced here, Marlborough is often called the Sav capital! The combination of sunny days, crisp nights and great soil, the grapes flourish to produce world-class wines. Marlborough also produces delicious Pinot Noirs, Chardonnays and Rieslings. One of the best ways to experience these drops is by bike, with the region being one of four in the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail. From Renwick, put your foot to the pedal with over 30 wineries found on a 24-kilometre circuit.  

Lace up your hiking boots 

Queen Charlotte Track, Marlborough
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Go bush and lace up your hiking boots for the Queen Charlotte Track, the best way to discover the scenic beauty of the Marlborough Sounds where the sea meets the land. While you can also bike the track, most people will choose to walk it over 4-5 days. It’s not too steep but there are a couple of days with long distances covered. Not only will you get your endorphins going, but you’ll learn about the history of the area with landmarks dotted along the way.  

Look to the skies 

Omake Aviation Heritage Centre, Blenheim
Photo by @omakaaviationcentrenz on Instagram

Or, to the ground where you’ll find aviation history at its finest. The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre’s mission is “to establish a permanent ‘living’ centre of aviation heritage, which will fascinate, educate and inspire visitors of all ages” and it certainly lives up to it. With two exhibitions available for you to peruse to your heart’s content, the centre is home to the world’s largest private collection of war aircraft and artefacts. In collaboration with mannequins produced by Weta Workshops, history is brought to life in front of your eyes.  

Tuck into fresh seafood 

Lunch at The Vines Village
An exquisite local seafood platter at The Vines Village comprised of Moon Shell with sala, southern fried Storm clams, tuatua fritters, steamed tuatua and green shell mussels.
Photo by @thevinesvillage on Instagram

For seafood lovers, you won’t be caught short with a lack of fresh seafood in Marlborough! The famous Marlborough Sounds means locals have delicious King salmon, mussels, fish and clams readily available. Pair this with a crisp Sauvignon Blanc and you have the perfect meal – one that you won’t be forgetting any time soon!  

Have we piqued your interest? The Marlborough region is visited on our Globus Naturally New Zealand and Cosmos New Zealand Adventure tours.  

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