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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.
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 $90 to $120
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 $170
Witherlea. 4.3 kms from Blenheim CBD
Tawny Hills BnB hosts, Gerrie and Bruce, offer you a warm invitation to share our home. We have built a home which provides for a varied accommodation experience, depending on your choice, budget and reason for travelling. Each room has its own private ensuite bathroom and independent access.
* The King room is tastefully furnished with thoughtful touches and the additional amenities provide the opportunity to enjoy a luxurious stay.
* Our Queen room includes pleasant and comfortable amenities, which offer value.
* If you are wanting independence or are travelling for work, then the well-equipped Studio is a great choice, especially if you need a twin bed option, as the Super-king bed can be split on request. A generous work/office space and Free WIFI are included. The Studio has all the amenities for a longer stay.
Tawny Hills BnB is located only 4 kms from Blenheim CBD in a quiet, peaceful neighbourhood. On site parking is provided for your convenience.
Prices from $395
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, to experience genuine, generous 'Kiwi' hospitality in comfort & privacy. The Suite comprises 2 bedrooms, with own ensuites, 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. Situated at Marlborough Ridge overlooking a reserve to the north & Giesens Ridge Block Vineyard to the west, with stunning mountain views beyond.
A sumptuous ‘White Linen’ continental breakfast is delivered to the suite the night prior so you may dine at a time convenient for you. Cooked option ordered the night before is available for an additional charge.
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
*Laundry access with line drying
*Free phone calls within NZ
*Access to patio & Garden
*Residence is 'smoke-free'.
We can help make your Marlborough visit a highlight of your NZ stay. We look forward to sharing our home with you.
Prices from $475 to $625
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 $460 to $740
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 $120 to $180
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.
Other Rural Marlborough
Prices from $155 to $170
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.