There are over 40 cellar doors in Marlborough so it is no surprise that the most popular Marlborough tour is a visit to the wineries. Due to its dry climate, warm sunny days and cool nights, Marlborough produces internationally recognised Sauvignon Blanc and award winning Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling wines of the highest standard. If you are going to take a wine tour anywhere in New Zealand, this is the place to do it. Tours also incorporate visits to craft galleries, olive groves, cafes, heritage centres and Marlborough’s top scenic destinations.
There are private tours, coach tours, cycle tours and package tours which combine outdoor activities, accommodation or scenic flights. Most tours depart from either Blenheim or Picton. Another Marlborough taste bud tantaliser is the New Zealand green lipped mussel which is farmed in the waters out from Havelock. Take a cruise through Pelorus or Kenepuru Sound to visit the farms, learn about the mussels and taste the delicious flavour.
Also high up on the list of Marlborough tours is a walk along Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds. Guided walks of the entire track take 4 days and include accommodation, selected meals and some of the most stunning scenery in New Zealand. The Queen Charlotte Track can also be explored by mountain bike on customised tours from 1 – 3 days. Other ways to explore the Marlborough Sounds are by sea kayak tour, yacht charter, boat hire and scenic cruise. Popular tours in Marlborough include garden tours, gourmet food tours, eco adventure tours and 4 wheel drive adventures. Marlborough attractions and activities extend to high country tours to a working sheep station, horse treks, diving, fishing, quad bike tours, scenic flights and swimming with the seals with whale watching tours operate from the East Coast town of Kaikoura. Some of Marlborough’s leading attractions include an aviation heritage centre, specialty museums, cheese factories and an aquarium.
Marlborough accommodation has one of the widest choices of style and budget in New Zealand. Choose from charming bed and breakfasts, quality hotels, luxury resorts and apartments, vineyard cottages, motels, back packers and holiday parks. Spend a day in Picton to enjoy the local seafood, explore the art and craft stores and wander along the waterfront restaurants and alfresco cafes. Marlborough tours have a tour designed for just about everything you can think of with specialised tours such as AAT Kings and Real Journeys offering Marlborough as part of their extended coach tour packages.