Located at the top of the South Island Marlborough offers a diverse range of experiences. Great climate, world famous wine, majestic high country rolling into 3000km of breath-taking coastline create a picturesque landscape.
Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine growing region and home of the world-famous Sauvignon Blanc. The Awatere and Wairau river plains provide a checker board setting of manicured vineyards but all within easy travel of each other. Taste your way through Marlborough by experience not only Marlborough’s famous “Savvy” but also the increasingly popular Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Chardonnay. Fine wine deserves fine food and is perfectly paired at many of Marlborough’s famous wine cellars.
With only a short drive Avon Valley Safaris can arrange tours to any of the 30 plus cellar doors that make up Marlborough’s reputation as a wine growing centre. Alternatively experience the wineries while biking from one cellar door to the next with over 20 wineries within a 20-km route.
The idyllic Marlborough Sounds greets all passengers travelling south on the ferry from the North Island. The impressive coastline sets the scene for cruises, kayaking, fishing and water sports. The quaint towns of Picton and Havelock are the gateways to the Marlborough Sounds and feature several restaurants to tastes the fruits of this regions other great delicacy the green lipped mussel. Explore the Queen Charlotte Track either by foot or by mountain bike. A unique way to first-hand experience Marlborough scenic coastline.
Avon Valley Safaris can organise kayaking, cruises and fishing trip through the Marlborough Sounds experiencing dolphins, seals, seabirds and visiting islands where the iconic kiwi live. All within short travel of our base in the Avon Valley.
With such spectacular scenery, often the best way to capture the experience is from the air. Travel the rugged Kaikoura coastline, Marlborough Sounds or view the northern reaches of the Southern Alps either by helicopter or fixed wing aircraft. Helicopter and fixed-wing aircraft can all land next to our secluded Avon Valley Lodge. Tours can cater to feature the famous Kaikoura whale-watch sight-seeing.
Other popular features of the Marlborough region include a trip to Kaikoura to experience the whale watch. With regular trips through the day either by cruise or by plane it is easy to accommodate a trip to see the whales. Alternatively fly directly from Avon Valley Lodge to Kaikoura by plane or helicopter and enjoy a scenic flight through the inland and seaward Kaikoura mountain ranges before encountering the whales in Kaikoura.
Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum
An extensive collection of WWI and WWII aircraft and artefacts featuring dramatic scenes created by Wingnut Films and Weta Workshop. Guided tours available. Visit their website for more information.
Chocolate and Honey
Continuing with Marlborough’s passionate relationship with food and drink no trip to would be complete without a tasting at Makana Chocolate Factory perfectly located on the region’s most popular wine trail, Rapaura Road. Visit their website for more information.
Marlborough’s extensive manuka clad valleys create the perfect environment for producing the popular Manuka Honey. With manuka honeys documented health benefits local producers The Taylor Pass Honey Company provide an opportunity to taste and purchase all their products at their Blenheim store. Featuring not only the famous manuka honey but a variety of other locally produced honeys such as clover and blue borage. Visit their website for more information.