Located at the top of the South Island, the Marlborough Sounds are a natural wonder, unparalleled in New Zealand. The Marlborough Sounds are made up by the Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorus Sounds.
The Marlborough Sounds offer a spectacular environment for adventures. The 70 kilometre Queen Charlotte Track are a hiking and mountain-biking paradise. Surrounding the Queen Charlotte Track you’ll find 1500 kilometres of breathtaking Marlborough Sounds’ coastline – one fifth of New Zealand’s total coastline – best explored on water, with a range of cruises and activities from a self-guided kayak excursion to sailing on a luxury yacht. Get active by swimming with dolphins, diving or fishing in the Sounds.
For the eco-tourist and nature-lover, the region provides numerous opportunities to see some of our wildlife close up. Dolphins, seals, shags, blue penguins abound throughout the Sounds and along the coastline to Kaikoura. Native birds such as tui, bellbirds, fantails and the native kingfisher can be encountered throughout the region, especially in areas covered in native bush.
Marlborough is also New Zealand's largest wine growing region and the home of world-renowned sauvignon blanc.
There are over 40 cellar doors in Marlborough, why not take advantage of a pre-arranged wine tour with a local operator and visit a selection of the region’s top wine producers. You can map out your own route: self-drive, travel in style in a chauffeur- driven car or mix your daily exercise with your tasting in a cycle tour. Whichever mode of transport you choose be sure to stop at a winery restaurant along the way.
Take a tour into Marlborough High Country as it stretches down the Pacific Coast towards Kaikoura. Stop at the pink salt lakes at Lake Grasmere and check out Molesworth Station the largest working farm in New Zealand. For a real New Zealand experience stay in a historic homestead, take a 4wd farm tour, try heli-fishing for trout or mountain bike or hike through this remote area.