Marlborough & Nelson
The Land of Wine & Walks
The top of the South Island offers some of the best reasons to visit New Zealand, from gorgeous beaches to world-class vineyards.
The breathtakingly beautiful Marlborough Region, of which Blenheim is the major town, offers a burgeoning gourmet food industry and international award-winning wines: the fruits of the region are celebrated annually in February during the Marlborough Food and Wine Festival.
The Marlborough Sounds is another highlight of the region: this maze of forest-lined coves and bays is home to abundant wildlife, such as terns, shags, blue penguins, dolphins, seals and migratory whales. Trek the renowned Queen Charlotte Track, or go sea kayaking, mountain biking and on a nature cruise.
Enjoy the sunniest climate in the country in the Nelson region, sheltered by mountain ranges and offering an irresistible blend of lifestyle and landscape. Nelson is known for its community of artisans, who are inspired by the region's golden beaches, beautiful national parks and warm Mediterranean-like climate.
NZ's smallest national park also lies here: Abel Tasman is famous for the sea kayaking and trekking adventures along the country's most stunning coastline. Other activities in the region include everything from rock climbing and quad biking, to an adrenalin-pumping ride of up to 100 kilometres per hour.
- Explore the National Parks: Hike or bike along bush clad paths and take in spectacular coastal views.
- Kayaking in the Marlborough Sound: Discover bays and inlets in this unparalleled natural wonder. Trips are available to suit all levels of confidence.
- Indulge in Great Food and Wine: Treat yourself to the excellent Sauvignon Blancs and Greenshell Mussels of the Marlborough region.
- Cruise Along Unspoilt Coastlines: Sailing tours or scenic boat charters from Nelson are an exclusive way to explore the Abel Tasman National Park.
- Whale Watching: The Cook Strait is a veritable highway for whales, and Marlborough is the perfect base for organising a whale watching trip.
- Wine Tasting: Marlborough is the largest wine growing region in New Zealand and is famous around the world for its Sauvignon Blanc.
- Abel Tasman Track: If you are feeling particularly energetic you can walk this track in 3 to 5 days!