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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 $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 $360 to $380 per couple
StrawLodge is 20mins from Blenheim CBD, 10mins from Blenheim Airport
The boutique vineyard accommodation is housed in straw-bale buildings nestled amongst the Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc Vines. Straw Lodge is featured in the New York Times Best Seller "1000 Places to See Before You Die" and has been recognised by Trip Advisor for its excellence.
Situated on the world renowned wine producing river flats of the Wairau Valley, it provides quality B&B accommodation as well as providing meal options. It combines stylish accommodation, a working vineyard, home-cooked and fresh home-grown produce, a taste of wine from the vineyard, and the option to be guided or advised on individually designed wine tours plus trekking, biking, fishing or sightseeing expeditions.
Guests are accommodated in separate and spacious suites. Each have an en suite, bathroom, separate entrances and courtyards, fridge, tea/coffee facilities, T/V, DVD player, and although designed for two they will comfortably sleep four. The tariff includes a continental and cooked breakfast, a complimentary bottle of the vineyard's wine, as well as the use of the Lodge's bikes, golf clubs, out-door spa, BBQ areas, guest kitchen/dining area, courtyards and grounds. Free wi fi is available, and guests are encouraged to enjoy the garden and orchard produce.
Prices from $335 to $395 per couple
Straw Lodge is 15mins from Blenheim CDB, 10mins from Airport
The boutique vineyard B&B Straw Lodge is housed in a unique straw-bale building nestled amongst the Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir vines of this organic Vineyard. Operating for over ten years Straw Lodge has maintained very high standards and has been recognised by Trip Advisor for its excellence, it is a fully certified organic property with its own Organic wine label 'World's End Wines'.
Situated on the world renowned wine producing river flats of the Wairau Valley it provides stylish B&B accommodation with the option of fully hosted and guided home-stays for individuals or small groups. This is a unique service. It combines quality accommodation, a working vineyard, home-cooked and fresh home-grown produce, a taste of wine from the vineyard, and the option to be professionally guided or advised on individually designed wine tours plus trekking, biking, fishing or sightseeing expeditions.
Guests are accommodated in separate and spacious suites. Each has an ensuite, separate entrances and courtyards, fridge, tea/coffee facilities, and although designed for two they will comfortably sleep four. Tariff includes a continental and cooked breakfast options; complimentary tasting of the vineyard's wine; use of the Lodge's bikes, golf clubs, out-door spa, BBQ areas, guest kitchen/dining area, petanque, courtyards and grounds, lounge area
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 $140 per couple
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
Additional queen ensuite available in main homestead.
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 $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 $130 to $170 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 spacious King room is tastefully furnished with thoughtful touches and the additional amenities provide the opportunity to enjoy a luxurious stay. The super king bed may be split into 2 king singles upon request. 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 $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.
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 $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 .
Prices from $275 per couple
Fairhall 10 kms west of Blenheim. 35 mins from Picton Interislander ferry.
Paulette & John welcome you to Stonehaven, a purpose built, modern, clean & tastefully decorated B&B, affording comfort and privacy. We offer a safe, clean environment, comfort and delicious food and many complimentary extras - wine on arrival, fresh fruit, chocolates, & home baking. The Suite comprises 2 bedrooms, with own en suites, accommodating up to 2 guests per room or maximum of 4 travelling together occupying both rooms. Guests have exclusive use of lounge/dining/kitchenette area that separates the bedrooms.
A delicious continental breakfast is delivered to the suite the previous night to enable you to dine at a time that suites you
Nearby are the iconic wineries of Villa Maria, Highfield & Wither Hills with the heart of the wine district within a short driving distance. Marlborough Golf Course is on the boundary & is extremely convenient for any guests wishing to enjoy a round of golf.
Other features for your enjoyment and convenience:
*Own private keyed access
*Complimentary Marlborough Wine on arrival
*Complimentary fruit & home baking
*Nespresso Coffee machine
*Netflix & Lightbox
*Free laundry access with line drying
*Free phone calls within NZ
*Access to patio & garden
*Residence is 'smoke-free'.
The guest suite will not be available for bookings on check out days. This is to allow time to thoroughly clean and sanitise the suite between bookings.
Prices from $425 to $625 per couple
10 minutes from Blenheim Airport, town centre and local attractions
Laurella Cottage is a fully re-furbished 1860's colonial cottage situated in the heart of the stunning Marlborough wine region. A 5 minute walk will take you to Rockferry, the nearest boutique winery/restaurant and a 10 minute drive will take you all other wineries and attractions.
The cottage offers beautiful botanical inspired interiors, furniture crafted by the owners and garden views from every room. Large claw foot bath, rainhead shower, fully equipped kitchen, queen bed and hammocks and seating in the gardens for guests to enjoy.
Laurella Cottage is the perfect place for those who are looking for that ‘special place’ for their stay in Marlborough.
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.
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).