Marlborough Wine & Food Trail: Marlborough's reputation has been driven by the world leading Sauvignon Blanc that is produced in the region. As the largest wine producing region, it is often referred to as New Zealand’s 'wine capital', with over 40 world class wineries within an easy drive.Wine is not the only gem to be found in Marlborough, it is a gourmet’s paradise with world class olive oil, seafood, and fruit and vegetables all being produced in the region.
Savor marvellous Marlborough wine at top quality local wineries, have a nominated driver or we can organise a wine tour either private, or part of a group, or if you are feeling fit we can book you on a Wine Tour by Bike.
Enjoy a walk along the beach at Rarangi just 7km away, on the rugged coast of Cloudy Bay. Walk over to Monkey Bay or for a more strenuous walk, head over to White's Bay.
Be captivated by the spectacular native scenic beauty of the Marlborough Sounds, rich in natural history with 1500 kms of coastline.
Walking the Queen Charlotte track - just 15 minutes drive to your departure point. We can help arrange parking in Picton.
You will be just 18k from the charming seaside township of Picton, home to the Picton Interisland Ferries, and your set off point to explore the Marlborough Sounds with its unspoiled wilderness of native forest reaching down to secluded beaches and clear blue water - hike, bike, take a cruise.
One of the world's largest private collections of World War 1 aircraft, both originals and replicas, and rare memorabilia.
Sydney Morning Herald travel writer Bruce Elder has recently visited the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and has written in his on-line blog:
"The best Museum in the World? I am not exaggerating"
Nanette, your host, says that she is not that interested in aircraft but has happily spent 60-90 minutes captivated by the exhibits - and it is next door to wineries when you finish!
Whether your taste is for Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noit, Bubbly, Gewurtztraminer, Pinot Gris or dessert wine, we can point you in the right direction. There are small boutique wineries producing hand crafted wines up to large wineries. You may recognise some of their names:
Queen Charlotte Drive: Drive through the Marlborough Wineries Golden Mile towards the green lipped mussel capital of the world, Havelock. Turn right in to Queen Charlotte Drive climbing the steep hills with breathtaking scenery of turquoise colored water and sandy beaches until reaching Picton. Have a browse around Picton before heading home to Tuamarina.
The city of Nelson is a great destination for good food and fine art with its numerous galleries and street cafes. Enjoy the year-round sunshine, fine local wines, abundant seafood, and a relaxed holiday atmosphere.
The seaside settlement of Kaikoura, situated south on the rugged east coast, is overlooked by majestic mountains, often snow-capped. Kaikoura is host of many eco-tourism oriented activities, including Whale watching, Dolphin swimming, walks, and much more!.