Marlborough New Zealand accommodation
Marlborough is probably most familiar to drinkers of crisp Sauvignon Blancs or smooth Pinot Noirs, but as well as the world class vineyards Marlborough is where you’ll find the spectacular fjord-like region of the Marlborough Sounds, and Kaikoura, known for its whale and dolphin watching cruises. The best places to stay in Marlborourgh range from tranquil lodges amongst the vines, to resorts perched right on the edge of the Sounds. But where ever you stay this is a wonderful region to explore.
The Marlborough Sounds were once deep valleys, flooded after the last ice age, which is why their shorelines are so dramatically jagged, and interspersed with beaches, inlets, headlands and peaks.
Picton is thought of by many as the gateway to the South Island, but it’s also the best place to land if you want to explore the Marlborough Sounds or walk the Queen Charlotte Track. In summer the ferries are very busy and this is a lively little centre, with plenty to do if you have a few more days to spare on either side of your walk or cruise, including a maritime museum and an aquarium.
If you’re travelling to Marlborough to explore the wine region you’ll probably stay near, or at least pass through, Blenheim. It’s not far from Picton, around 29kms south, and sits between several hills and ranges. As well as being in the heart of wine country, and home of the Cloudy Bay, Saint Clair and Clos Henri estates and cellar doors, Blenheim has several museums and an art gallery.
The whole region is an extremely popular destination year round. So if you're looking to book one of the best places to stay in Marlborough don't leave it till the last minute - you might be disappointed!
For something special
- The Bay of Many Coves Resort is a private, tranquil ecolodge with eleven rooms and apartments. Some rooms have huge decks or floor to ceiling windows, to take advantage of the fantastic views over the bay. There’s also a private jetty, fine dining restaurant and an outdoor pool and hot tub.