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There are two distinct sides to Marlborough: the magical waterways of the Marlborough Sounds and the wine country of Blenheim. Be sure to experience them both.
Many visitors to the South Island enjoy the interisland ferry trip, either arriving in or departing from the picturesque port town of Picton. While this gives a glimpse of the stunning Marlborough Sounds scenery, spending a bit of extra time and exploring further will definitely reward.
Charter a launch or yacht to cruise the waterways and discover quiet, secluded bays for your anchorage, or take one of the many commercial launch trips for a few hours or to experience a stay at a romantic waterfront lodge with no road access. The famed Queen Charlotte Walking Track winds its way through the forests and above the bays; and be sure to visit Captain Cook’s favourite spot in New Zealand – Ship Cove.
Head for the wine country surrounding Blenheim and sample the fabulous wines including the world beating Marlborough Sauvignon Blancs. You can even tour the vineyards by bike!
You will want to stay a while so make yourself comfortable as you choose your Marlborough accommodation from a huge range of hotels, motels, motor inns and luxury boutique accommodation, or experience Kiwi hospitality in homes offering Bed & Breakfast, farmstays and homestays. There are vineyard accommodation options too.
Key towns for Marlborough accommodation are Picton, Blenheim, Havelock and the Marlborough Sounds with many other country accommodation options too.
Prices from $180 per couple
Renwick is the home of the Marlborough Wine industry. The Renwick Wine Bike Trail passes by the front of the property and we have some bikes for our guests to use free of charge. There are a number of winery and cellar doors to explore tastings and local cusine options all within 5-15 minutes on bike.
The Renwick township is just 5 minutes away by car. There is plenty of opportunities for walks and we are only 3 minutes away from the Renwick dog park. We are also only 15 minutes drive from the Blenheim CBD.
We have a very special standalone cottage set on a large 4-acre block. The cottage sits in its own setting and is separate to the main home. With beautiful mature gardens and a very peaceful area, you will relax and enjoy the tranquillity. Gibson Creek runs through the property and is home to various wildlife. You can enjoy walks and relaxing areas in our gardens.
Come and enjoy our peace of paradise while enjoying wold famous wines.
5km to Marlborough Airport, 8km to Blenheim
Set in Renwick village and in the heart of wine country, the area is popular for cycling around the vineyards and bike hire is available.
The Cork and Keg Motel offers three modern, spacious units and a two-bedroom apartment. The rooms are non-smoking, have free Wi-Fi and have outside seating. Boasting room service, guests can also enjoy a continental breakfast and a cut lunch.
All rooms come with a microwave, fridge, a kettle, a shower, a hair dryer and a wardrobe. The units all have super king beds, which can be split into singles with prior arrangement. We also have a fold out single bed and a portacot available. Unit 1was built to be wheelchair accessible with a large open shower. Each unit has a well-equipped kitchenette with microwave, fridge, wall mounted television and double sofa.
These all have access to the Cork and Keg English bar, garden bar with barbeque and restaurant. The nearest airport is Marlborough, 5 km from the motel, and we offer a free airport shuttle service.
Prices from $100 to $200 per couple
Prices from $190 to $220 per couple
7 Wilkes Way, Waikawa Bay
From Wilkes Way Villa it is three minute walk takes you to the lively Waikawa Marina, home to 600 boats, a café/bar and to stingray that cruise the warm waters. Walk for thirty minutes along a track and you will reach another marina and the shops, cafes, library etc. of Picton township.
Waikawa Bay is the Gateway to Queen Charlotte Sounds and several charter boat businesses operate taking tourists to a bird sanctuary, diving spots or on scenic cruises.
There are many well-known wineries between Picton and Blenheim, and these offer wine-tasting and café dining. You can join an organised tour, or drive for 30 minutes, or even take a bike ride through the vineyards.
Recently retired from education careers in Auckland and Australia, Tim and Heather Oughton are excited to be hosting you in their beloved Waikawa Bay. They have holidayed here for 17 years and love all that the Marlborough Sounds has to offer – hiking, fishing, diving and boating.
The peace, tranquility and comfort of Wilkes Way Villa will ensure guests can relax and unwind in a magical setting.
Prices from $120 to $180 per couple
40 minutes West of Picton 15 minutes East of Havelock
Activities nearby include the famous Queen Charlotte Track. Walking and biking can be as short as 1/2 hour or up to 3 days. We are right by the water so boating, kayaking, fishing, and swimming are available.
Plenty of birdlife too, with wading birds and seabirds on the water. The native bush is close by, so tuis and bellbirds will call you awake in the mornings.
We can assist in the pursuit of all these activities, including drop off or pick up on the track if desired.
Havelock township is 15 minutes away with cafes, a supermarket, and pubs.
Blenheim, our nearest major city, 40 minutes away, is called the gateway to the winery region. Sample some of the countries finest wines and explore the boutique shops and many historical features of this sunny town.
Picton town and Ferry Terminal is 40 minutes away.
Lots of scenic water cruises are available, including the Pelorus Mail Boat run.
Accommodation is attached to the main house with a bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette and small lounge. There are cooking facilities available to cook your own meals ( Barbeque and a bench top multi cooker).With prior notice we can provide a packed lunch or an evening meal.
Prices from $460 to $740 per couple
70 Arthur St, Blenheim
Charming, recently renovated bungalow in Blenheim's CBD, two minutes stroll to cafes, bars, supermarket, ASB Theatre, Convention Centre, shopping, a stadium, pools, gyms and popular riverside walkway. The Bungalow has; 2 beautiful large living spaces, relaxing, private outdoor areas with in-ground pool, a fabulous pool-house, BBQ and outside dining.
There are two stunning bathrooms and four lovely bedrooms. This beautifully furnished and fully equipped home is the perfect base for a wonderful Marlborough experience - close proximity to the airport, rail and bus station, only 10 minute drive to Marlborough's renowned wineries, or the Aviation Centre, 25 minutes to the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, and so handy to everything Marlborough has to offer.
For extra guests see separate 'Boutique Bunker CBD' offering private accommodation for 2 (located on the property, within its own courtyard area).
Prices from $160 to $220 per couple
Witherlea. 4.3 kms from Blenheim CBD
Tawny Hills BnB hosts, Gerrie and Bruce, offer you a warm invitation to share our home which we have built to provide for a varied accommodation experience, depending on your choice, budget and reason for travelling. Both rooms have their own private, tiled, ensuite bathroom with underfloor heating and secure, independent, external room access. On site parking is provided for your convenience.
* The King room has a king bed and is spacious and is tastefully furnished with thoughtful touches and the additional amenities provide the opportunity to enjoy a luxurious stay. Relax in the 2 person spa bath and enjoy a drink on your private, external patio garden deck.
* Our Queen room has a pleasant outlook to the hills, an outdoor seating area and comfortable amenities, which offer value.
Tea/coffee making facilities are provided in each room and a delicious, 'all you can eat' breakfast with juice, home-bottled and fresh, seasonal fruit, home-made yoghurt, cereals, toast/spreads and hot drinks is included.
Free WIFI and Netflix are also included.
Tawny Hills BnB is located only 4 kms from Blenheim CBD in a quiet, peaceful neighbourhood, close to the Wither Hills walking and mountain-bike tracks and the Taylor river reserve walking/biking tracks and only a few minutes' drive to the renowned Omaka Heritage centre.
Prices from $175 to $185 per couple
Burleigh is a suburb on the outskirts of Blenheim township, close to vineyards.
Situated on the edge of town, Magnolia House is well placed for you to enjoy the many must-do activities in the region including the Internationally acclaimed Aviation Heritage Museum, Classic Car Museum, Brayshaw Park and wine museum, The Burleigh (best pies and coffee ever!) and because this is wine country, Wither Hills Winery and restaurant — all within easy walking distance.
The house is set in a lush and productive cottage-style garden which you can access off the guest conservatory. This opens to a large sheltered patio and decking area with comfortable seating. Feel free to wander the garden, sampling berries and fruit and say 'hello' to the three chickens in “the nunnery” at the back of the property.
With two heat pumps and a woodburner, the house is cosy in winter and with wide eaves and double glazing, cool in summer.
With guest comfort in mind, bedrooms have quality linen and thoughtful touches like charging ports on the lamps, original artworks, fluffy bathrobes and extra pillows and bedding.
As well as the guest bathroom there is an outdoor gas-heated shower discreetly set within the garden, which you are welcome to enjoy.
A delicious continental breakfast features home-grown fresh seasonal and/or preserved fruit, home-made muesli and spreads and local artisan sourdough bread. Set up with a toaster, kettle and range of teas and coffees, the conservatory facilities mean you can have breakfast just the way you like it and at your leisure.
Prices from $245 to $295 per couple
Tawa Cove, Endeavour Inlet, Queen Charlotte Sound, Marlborough Sounds
Serenity in the Marlborough Sounds
Situated in Endeavour Inlet, Queen Charlotte Sound, Tawa Cove is your slice of paradise away from it all.
Accessible only by boat or walking/biking via the Queen Charlotte Track. We are approx. 4 hours from the start of the track, Ship Cove, making us the ideal first night stay.
With no close neighbours, we offer the perfect place for relaxing & soaking up the serenity, having a drink by the waterside, or you may like to be more active & enjoy hiking, swimming, fishing, kayaking, or paddle boarding. All of which are available for your use.
Whether it be an overnight stay while walking the track, a weekend getaway arriving by boat, or a group fishing trip for a week, we aim to make your time here happy & memorable.
We offer a selection of options for Food & Drink at Tawa Cove. Complimentary continental breakfast is included in your rate. BBQ dinner packs with salad & accompaniments are available for purchase as well as snacks & a selection of beer, wine, & non alcoholic drinks. You may also like to bring your own food.
Prices from $165 to $359 per couple
9 Oxford Street, Picton.
Indulge in the timeless elegance, luxurious comforts and Victorian charm of Sennen House.
Built in 1886, Heritage-registered Sennen House is Picton's most historic homestead. Ideally situated to explore the local restaurants and galleries, the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, world-acclaimed wineries and the Queen Charlotte Track. This stately villa has been restored in keeping with its gracious style and era, offering unique accommodation set in mature gardens and surrounded by five acres of native bush, yet only a short stroll to Picton's centre.
Superior accommodation in three elegant apartments, each with private entrance, en suite, multi-channel TV, internet access, pure cotton linen, quality toiletries, robes, individual character, seclusion and simplistic grandeur.
Enjoy a leisurely breakfast alfresco on the sunny verandas or in the privacy of your own dining area. A generous and varied hamper is supplied daily.
Courtesy transfers are available .
4727 State Highway 6
Modern self contained unit contains Queen size double bed plus double sofa bed in lounge.
Sky TV & Wifi internet
Microvave, hot plate, & BBQ and other necessary kitchen essentials
Fridge/freezer & washing machine
Situated half way between Blenheim & Nelson
5 minutes from Havelock township, restaurants, marina and gateway to the Marlaborough Sounds.
We endeavour to make your stay enjoyable and whenever possible give advice as to sights to visit or recreational things to do.
Prices from $225 per couple
We are a 10min walk through native bush from Punga Cove Resort
Endeavour Heights Homestay is nestled in the heart of the Endeavour Inlet - popular recreations are located in the Marlborough Sounds.
If your looking for a quiet, peaceful getaway in beautiful surroundings near coast, then you owe it to yourself to check out Endeavour Heights Homestay. Experience the Queen Charlotte Track in a relaxed way.
There are also shorter walks as well as water based activities kayaking, fishing or swimming.
Prices from $250 per couple
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The Jolly Poacher Retreat is located in a quiet, rural setting along a one way street which is surrounded by Marlborough’s world famous vineyards.
This farming 5 Acre property was built in 1947.
We are both avid gardeners, using organic practices where possible, having changed this property immensely over the last few years, we will place the freshest of food on your plate from our garden, glasshouse and orchard, vegetables, walnuts, fruit, free range eggs, beef and lamb.
Our plan is to one day be able to host garden tours in our lovely setting.
During the summer months the private Salt Water swimming pool and loungers are available for your enjoyment anytime.
The fully covered Entertainment Area consists of BBQ, Pizza Oven, Teppanyaki Cooker, and Large Open Fire with comfortable seating.
This joins onto the “Dave’s Man Cave” with old style bar, pool table, dart board, 50” LCD TV, hunting & sporting memorabilia, Classic Car, a place to relax and embellish on old stories.
There are several park benches, hammocks, tables and chairs around the property where you can relax with music a drink or a book in your own space.
The car parking area is directly opposite your cottage in a very secure area.
We can also accommodate trucks/boats/horse floats, in our lighted back car park. (We will be a security gated property in the near future).
Prices from $155 to $170 per couple
70 Arthur St, Blenheim
Boutique Bunker offers quality, quaint and unique accommodation in Blenheim, only 2-5 minutes walk from local shopping, cafes, bars, supermarket, Convention Centre, Library, Stadium and ASB theatre. A rustic space renovated to a high standard. The bunker is a private boutique abode with a private, charming courtyard to enjoy, and set within a stunning garden.
The bunker is presented with quality fittings, furnishings and amenities, a lovely large bathroom, and a small kitchen area.
You'll love it!
Free off-street parking is available.
It's just a 10 minute walk to the rail/bus station and Blenheim information centre, a 10 minute drive from Blenheim airport and only a 10 minute drive to Marlborough's fabulous vineyards and wine cellars.