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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 $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 $100 to $200 per couple
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 $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 $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 $120.00 to $250.00 per couple
Palmira Lodge is set in Waikawa Bay, 4 min Picton Ferries, 25 min to Blenheim
Palmira Lodge, has 4 Balcony Rooms, with en suite,Tea & coffee making,fridge, all individually decorated,with beautiful decor. Each Balcony room has a sea and pool views. Room 1 has a Queen Bed and a single bed sleeps up up to 3 people. Rooms 2 & 3 have Supper king beds and a single bed.Room 4 has a super king four Poster Bed,chaise longue, and is ideal for honey moon, anniversaries and that special occasion. with complementary Bubbles and fruit bowl.We have a ground floor studio room with own en suite,Queen Bed sleeps 2.On the ground floor there is a unique shared, fully equipped Kitchen,Dinning and lounge area where a continental breakfast is served. The lounge leads out to the Heated Salt water swimming pool,Spa pool,BBQ area, tables and chairs,sun umbrellas,to relax around the pool. Children under 16 years are not Allowed, Champagne, wine and beer available extra cost. Check in 2.30 pm to 8 pm, Check out at 10 am
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 $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.
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 $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 $250 to $450 per couple
Anakiwa, opposite the Link Pathway, a short walk to the Queen Charlotte Track.
Tirimoana House is a large property with a good-sized gardens were social distancing can be maintained between guests and owners during life and love in the time of COVID-19.
It has one large self-contained suite, separate from the main house, and until restrictions are lifted only one guest room in the main house will be open at a time- except for groups, or families.
There is 2 day minimum stay. Please call, or email for discounts for stays of 3 days and over.
The property is ideally suited for guests looking for a base from which to explore the Marlborough Region and walk parts of the Queen Charlotte Track, which is just a short stroll away. The Link Pathway, immediately opposite, connects the walking/mountain bike track from Picton to Havelock, opening up several kms of quality hiking and biking with stunning views along the Queen Charlotte Sound.
All rooms have en suite bathrooms, air conditioning, with luxury toiletries and private balconies with sea views. Features include a hot tub, swimming pool, 2 sea kayaks and fishing rods for guests to borrow, lovely terraced gardens, free Wi-Fi, a 55-inch TV with Netflix, Sky channels including films and sports channels. BBQ hut on grass terrace. For guests in the main house, a generous cooked breakfast is included.
There is much to offer in Marlborough, including winery tours, mail boat cruises, Omaka Aviation Centre, bike hire and guided sea kayaking available 2 Kms away, river kayaking is available from Havelock.