5 days of 5 Marlborough things to do

Day 1 – Go on a winery tasting tour

The Marlborough region is New Zealand’s largest wine-making region, so it should go without saying that hopping from cellar door to cellar door is a Marlborough must-do!

Renwick is surrounded by 17 winery cellar doors all within a 5km radius, so hire a bike or jump on a mini-bus tour and treat yourself to some of the world’s finest Sauvignon Blanc.

MVH is located in the heart of the wineries so the travel distance to the wineries is a short bike ride away. Wineries in the area offer tastings between 10am and 4pm, with some of them staying open until 4:30 or 5:00pm, so plan your day accordingly, grab some lunch from a winery and make the most the Marlborough region.

Check out the Marlborough Wine Trail Interactive map – showing you all the wineries you can visit.

Yummy food on a winery tasting tour

Day 2 – Visit The Marlborough Sounds

Covering one-fifth of New Zealand’s coastline, the Marlborough Sounds is for all things coastal. The Sounds are a playground for wildlife, a treat for landscape-lovers, and an area buried in history, making them the perfect setting for an adventurous day out. So, whether you’re into mountain biking, hiking, watching wildlife, or just relaxing on a beach, you’ll certainly find some awesome activities in the Marlborough Sounds.

On a beautiful afternoon, there is nothing more relaxing and at the same time spectacular as a 3-hour cruise with the Marlborough Tour Company on a huge catamaran out into the Sounds to visit the mussel and salmon farms, and having them serve up seafood dishes for you to indulge in.

The Seafood Odyssea Cruise features sashimi style Regal Salmon, steamed Cloudy Bay clams and steamed Greenshell mussels paired with a local Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc as the boat rides through the channels of the Sounds.

There is nothing more magical than experiencing the blissful Marlborough Sounds.

Cost: NZ$155 per adult, $59 per child (5-15 years), Children 0-4 years FREE

Tour operates daily 1 October – 30 April (except Christmas Day)

Ask our receptionist to book you a tour.

A beautiful beach in the Marlborough Sounds

Day 3 – Moa Brewery

Fancy a bike ride through the vines down to Marlborough’s own Moa Brewery?

Take a break from the grapes and get on the hops at the Moa Brewery Bar. Just a short distance from MVH, Moa Brewery open their cellar doors to tastings every day of the week. You’ll get to try their extensive range of premium beers and ciders – from the classics to the special reserves. Sometimes there’s nothing better than sitting on a bean bag out in the sun with an ice-cold beer and local cheeses to match.

Moa Brewery was formed in 2003 and they have been creating craft beers ever since, they even do collaborations with the famous New Zealand Lewis Road.

A fine bottle of Moa Milk Chocolate Stout

Day 4 – Hiking

Get to know Marlborough step by step, via walking tracks to alpine peaks, golden trails on working farms and native bush walks in the Marlborough Sounds.

MVH offer an adventure package that includes a packed day lunch and a sports massage for after your hike. Enquire at reception upon booking.

One of our favorite walks is the Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve walking tracks. The reserve is located 35 minutes from MVH between Blenheim and Nelson along SH6. There are a variety of walks you can take depending on what you feel like doing, such as:

Tawa Walk | 30 min loop

An easy walk through native forest to explore ancient river terraces.

Totara Walk | 30 min

See a giant totara tree amongst native forest.

Circle Walk | 45 min loop

Wheelchair accessible up until the swing bridge. Spectacular forest walk with views of the Pelorus River.

Elvy Waterfalls Track | 2 hr return

See two waterfalls that feed into the Pelorus River. Stream crossing required.

Daltons Track | 3 hr return

Part of the Te Araroa Trail, follow the river across farmland.

Trig K Track | 4 hr return

Superb views of the surrounding countryside reward those who climb to Trig K. The tramping track leading up to the trig branches off Elvy Waterfalls Track. One approach passes through mature and regenerating beech forest on a dry ridge, the other, shorter approach climbs through lush podocarp/broadleaf forest.

For further information contact the Department of Conservation – Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve walking tracks

Swimming in the Pelorous River

Day 5 – Go fishing in the Marlborough Sounds

Marlborough is renowned for its abundance of delicious seafood, particularly its salmon and Greenshell mussels. A great way to see the Sounds while experiencing the thrills of catching your own dinner is by fishing. Hop on a fishing charter and see just how easy it is grab yourself a blue cod, or aim for something a little more challenging like gurnard, terakihi, snapper, kahawai and scallops (in season).

Fishing charters run out of both Picton and Havelock making it a short drive from MVH. Head out on the boat and let the skipper take you to the best spots with a half or full day fishing charter.

The Marlborough Sounds is also well suited to smaller craft such as kayaks and dinghies due the calm waters and sheltered bays, and which you can also hire from the Picton waterfront. It’s a perfect way to escape from reality for a few hours by casting a line out the side. Some bays drop-off very quickly, making them great for fishing off the shore or wharf.

For the kids, wharf fishing couldn’t be any better! There is an abundance of small fish, such as spotties which live around the wharves and are great fun to catch.

For the go hard or go home bunch, D’Urville Island is the mecca for big snapper and kingfish. Need we say more?

If you prefer to swim with your seafood, you’ll be right at home diving for crayfish, shellfish, kina or perhaps a spot of spearfishing.

MVH can organize a shuttle to and from the charter boat of your choice.

More information at Marlborough Official Travel Guide – Marlborough Sounds fishing and NZ Tourism Gide – Marlborough Sounds fishing

Fishing boats in Picton harbour

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