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Upper South Island loop road trip, Kaikoura, Marlborough returning to Nelson


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Blenheim vineyard backdropped against Marlborough hills Blenheim vineyard backdropped against Marlborough hills

Often overlooked by visitors rushing off the Picton ferry on their way to Nelson. Marlborough, with its vineyards, vibrant artisan community, wide open spaces and iconic Queen Charlotte Sounds is a world class destination tucked into the hills and rivers of the South Island. Blenheim is the hub for the next day or perhaps Marlborough charm has evolved the stay into several days or more.

Marlborough Sounds as viewed from the Queen Charlotte Track hiking trail through lush tropical greenery in South Island of New Zealand

What to see and do in Marlborough

  • Explore Polynesian and early Maori history / culture in the region
  • Historic ship Edwin Fox exploration
  • Wine trails, largest wine growing region in New Zealand
  • Art and craft markets, reflecting the vineyards, fruit and produce of the area.
  • Explore the walking network linking waterways, peninsulas and islands of the Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds.
  • Meet the native falcon, Karearea, New Zealand’s pinup girl on the $10 dollar note

Must do highlights

  • Omaka Aviation Centre interactive centre appealing to all age groups
  • Brancott Estate Kareara or native falcon
  • Queen Charlotte Sound mail boat cruise
  • Walk or cycle Marlborough’s tracks through vineyards & coastal sounds
  • Pelorus River kayaking adventure for all age groups

Scroll Travel guide Blenheim & PIcton for inspiration.

Omaka Aviation Centre

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