Nelson & Marlborough

Marlborough basks in year-round sunshine, providing perfect conditions for walking, mountain biking, sea kayaking and vineyard explorations.

Highlights of Nelson and Marlborough

  • Walk all or part of the coastal track, through native woodland passing golden coves
  • Sea kayak or sail around this spectacular coastline
  • Spend a day in Nelson exploring markets, art galleries and museums
  • Explore world-class vineyards by bike or with a private chauffeur
  • Dine on fresh seafood from the Marlborough Sounds; mussels and king salmon paired with Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sample artisan produce from honey to chocolate and olives


A little more about Nelson and Marlborough 

Crossing the Cook Strait between North and South Islands is like entering a new country and arriving into Marlborough by sea or air, the intricate detail of the Marlborough Sounds is spectacular.

For centuries, Marlborough has offered safe harbour to travellers. First to Maori traders and war parties; then to European explorers, such as Captain James Cook and Dumont D'Urville; and now to visitors seeking glorious landscapes and exceptional food and wine.

To the west is the city of Nelson & the stunning Tasman Bay region. This is New Zealand's smallest National Park and offers idyllic golden beaches which can be easily explored by sea kayak, on foot or by boat. Also, a wonderful area to discover a diverse range of marine and bird life; during November and December, you're most likely to spot visiting dolphins and orcas playing in the waters.

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