Explore the north-eastern tip of New Zealand’s South Island and discover a diverse landscape of sheltered waterways, spectacular mountains and valleys of lush, green vines. Sample some of the freshest seafood in the world and pair it with a glass of gooseberry and passionfruit-scented Sauvignon Blanc.
Pungent, aromatic Marlborough Sauvignon, which blends ripe tropical fruit flavours with gooseberry and green capsicum, is one of New Zealand’s most famous exports. Sauvignon Blanc is the country’s most planted variety by far and the majority of it is found in Marlborough, New Zealand’s largest, and arguably most famous, wine region. Despite only seeing its first commercial vineyard in the 1970s, Marlborough and its wine is now indelibly etched on the international wine map. The Marlborough wineries map now boasts over 150 vineyards and more than 35 cellar doors where Sauvignon Blanc aficionados can get their fix. Although Marlborough’s vineyards are dominated by this aromatic white variety, the region’s Pinot Noir and Riesling are also garnering growing international attention, as is its traditional method sparkling wine, so there is plenty to discover as you journey around the map of Marlborough wineries.
Purchase farm-fresh goods at the farmer’s gate or the Sunday Farmers’ Market. Cherries, strawberries, herbs, apricots and vegetables, the region’s produce is bursting with fresh flavours and bright colours. The Marlborough Sounds yields plentiful seafood – salmon, scallops, crayfish, clams and mussels – which is sure to find its way to its plate at one of many restaurants at picturesque seashore towns Picton and Haverstock.
Enjoy the region’s enviable climate and stunning scenery as you meander through its valleys with views of beautiful, glistening bays and native bush-clad hills. Sample the wares at some of the regions wineries, ranging from international brands to small boutique family producers. Wherever you go, you’ll be assured of a warm Kiwi welcome and wonderful, award-winning wines. Many cellar doors also boast food options to pair with their delicious wines. So, whether you are after fine dining or simple fare to sate your appetite, the Marlborough wineries map is sure to feature something for you. Enjoy the region’s abundance of produce and fresh seafood, which draws top-class chefs to the region. Purchase farm-fresh goods at the farmer’s gate or the Sunday Farmers’ Market. Cherries, strawberries, herbs, apricots and vegetables, the region’s produce is bursting with fresh flavours and bright colours. The Marlborough Sounds yields plentiful seafood – salmon, scallops, crayfish, clams and mussels – which is sure to find its way to its plate at one of many restaurants at picturesque seashore towns Picton and Haverstock.
Idyllic Marlborough Sounds, with its four individual sounds, boasts one fifth of New Zealand’s entire coastline and is the perfect place to relax or meet the local wildlife. Participate in running mail deliveries to remote bays by taking a trip on the mail tour boat or get close to fur seals, little blue penguins and dolphins on a scenic cruise. Voyage through winding waterways and sheltered bays, perfect for fishing, boating and diving.
Hire a bike in the small town of Renwick and meander through the vineyards, stopping off here and there to sample some fragrant Sauvignon Blanc and crunchy Pinot Noir before relaxing at one of the area’s homely B&Bs or cottages.
Lay your head at some of the character accommodation in Blenheim, heart of Marlborough wine country and one of the sunniest towns in New Zealand. Browse through its selection of cafés, bars, shops and artisan food outlets all framed by towering mountains. Journey back in time at the acclaimed Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre with its extensive displays of WWI and WWII aircraft and memorabilia. Discover the quaint colonial buildings of historic Havelock, ‘green-lipped mussel capital of the world’. Once a gold-mining settlement, its historic buildings now house boutique galleries and restaurants, perfect for an afternoon’s browsing or a leisurely lunch sampling the high-quality local produce and premium wines.
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