Best of The Marlborough Sounds

Marlborough, New Zealand’s premier wine region and an adventurer’s dream, with the intricate waterways and breathtaking mountain landscapes of the Marlborough Sounds.

Journey Overview

Kia ora, and welcome to Marlborough, New Zealand’s premier wine region and an adventurer’s dream, with the intricate waterways and breathtaking mountain landscapes of the Marlborough Sounds. Relax in true luxury, staying amid the rolling vineyards of Marlborough Lodge and find a luxurious bush paradise at Bay of Many Coves. Immerse yourself in the extraordinary native scenery along the world famous Queen Charlotte Track, kayak through pristine bays, and treat yourself to an epicurean exploration of some of the region’s best vineyards on this unforgettable adventure.

Journey Highlights

  • Relax and indulge amid the 16 acres of parklands and rolling vineyard estate at Marlborough Lodge
  • Get your adrenalin pumping on a sea kayaking, hiking or mountain biking exploration of the breathtaking Marlborough Sounds
  • Unwind in pure paradise with a stay at the luxurious Bay of Many Coves
  • Discover a new favourite drop as you explore renowned Marlborough wineries
  • Immerse yourself in the world-famous landscapes of the Queen Charlotte Track on an exhilarating bushwalk

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Blenheim

On arrival into Blenheim, meet your A&K driver and transfer by private vehicle to The Marlborough Lodge, a grand country estate offering beautiful accommodation in the heart of the world-famous wine region set amidst 16 acres of parklands and rolling vineyards. Your stay at The Marlborough Lodge includes full breakfast daily, a pre-dinner drink & canapés, before a multi course à la Carte dinner with wine pairings.
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Days 2-3: Blenheim

The next two days are yours to explore this magnificent region at your leisure. You might choose to stay close to home, taking advantage of the onsite wine tastings, or a chef’s cooking demonstration, both showcasing flavourful epicurean delights (additional charge). You might choose to use the included lodge bikes to explore a little further afield, immersing yourself in the surrounding landscapes. With a selection of fine New Zealand wineries nearby, you could indulge in a day of wine tastings, or for those feeling like more active adventures, the Marlborough Sounds is a truly remarkable sea kayaking, hiking and mountain biking destination.

Kayaking will get you up close and personal with nature as you explore the beautiful bays and coves of this pristine area, with the opportunity to spot sting rays, eagle rays a wide array of sea birds as you paddle, and if you’re lucky dolphins, fur seals, penguins and albatross.

Within the Marlborough Sounds is also the world famous the Queen Charlotte Track, its spectacular views, and native bush landscapes offering hikers and bikers an exhilarating challenge (all activities attract an additional cost).
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Day 4: Bay of Many Coves

Rise and enjoy breakfast before your journey continues, with a private transfer to Picton and the leisurely water taxi ride across to Bay of Many Coves. Bay of Many Coves is nestled amid a rolling landscape of untouched native bush overlooking the beautiful bay. Bathed in natural light, the spacious rooms offer warmth and luxury from which to take in uninterrupted views. Beautiful linens, lofty down pillows and beautiful natural toiletries all provide indulgent luxury.
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Days 5-6: Bay of Many Coves

The next two days are yours to explore this spectacular region at your leisure. While Bay of Many Coves is the ultimate sanctuary for relaxation, the spectacular location is best explored through some of the many activities on offer including kayaking, paddle boarding, swimming with the dolphins, exploring the world-famous Queen Charlotte Track, and setting out on a bush walk. For those with a penchant for a delicious local drop, consider wine tour to get a taste of the incredible local offerings from surrounding wineries (at additional cost) or those looking to really unwind can indulge in a treatment at the Miritu Day Spa (Spring & Summer only).
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Day 7: Depart Blenheim

As your Marlborough explorations come to an end, savour a delicious breakfast before catching the water taxi back to Picton, and a private transfer to Blenheim airport for your onward flight.

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Journey Dates & Prices

As this suggested itinerary can be personalised to your specific requirements, it is not available for online booking.

Depending on your preferred dates and arrangements, final pricing will vary from low season to peak season travel.

Please call A&K on 1300 851 800 or send us a booking enquiry to book this journey.


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