Nelson & Marlborough
Marlborough is a region of spectacular scenic beauty from the stunning Marlborough Sounds to the magnificent high country and the wild Kaikoura coast. In the heart of all this are the Wairau and Awatere valleys – home to world famous Marlborough sauvignon blanc, olive groves and cherry orchards. The Marlborough Sounds are best explored on water, with a range of cruises and activities from a self-guided kayak excursion to a chartered luxury yacht. Bay of Many Coves is located in Charlotte Sound, a short boat ride from Picton.
The Wine Region
Located at the top of the South Island, Marlborough enjoys high sunshine hours and a temperate climate so that visitors can experience all of Marlborough’s diversity through the seasons. No matter what time of year, there is always something going on in Marlborough.
Blenheim – The Heart of Marlborough
Take advantage of a sunny day and watch the world go by from a park bench in the manicured gardens of Seymour Square or Pollard Park, or enjoy some bargain hunting as you browse the local shops. Blenheim offers a selection of places to eat from fine dining restaurants, to trendy cafes and local pubs where you can enjoy a chilled local wine or beer and a coffee that is as good as you will get in the city. Timara Lodges is located a few minutes from Blenheim.
Inland from Nelson
The hinterland of Moutere Hills, the historic village of Upper Moutere and the Motueka Valley Highway make a great country drive with plenty of opportunities to stop at artists home/ studios , wineries, the local pub, roadside fruit stalls and gourmet food producers, scattered throughout the pristine landscape.
Motueka and Riwaka
Motueka is a town of 8,000 with a colourful Sunday outdoor market, two cinemas and cafes. As the closest town to the Abel Tasman National Park,
Tapawera is a small rural town with a population of 600, located in the beautiful Motueka Valley. The surrounding Motueka and Whangapeka Rivers provide some of the best trout fishing in the South Island. Stonfly Lodge is located between Motueka and Tapawera.
Getting there and around the region
Ferry services link the region to Wellington via Picton Direct domestic flights to Blenheim and Nelson from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch
Picton to Blenheim 30 mins Blenheim to Motueka 2 - 3 hours Blenheim to Stonefly Lodge via the Wairau Valley 2 hours