Guide to New Zealand's Marlborough Region

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Known for its world-class wine, gourmet food and sunny climate, New Zealand's Marlborough region is an ideal tourist destination. Within Marlborough are delightful towns like Picton and Blenheim where there is plenty to see and do. Here are some tips about the region.

Things to Do in Marlborough
As New Zealand's largest wine growing region, one of the most popular things to do in Marlborough is exploring the wine it has to offer. Blenheim, the main town of Marlborough, is a great place to base your wine explorations, as there is a wide choice of excellent wineries and wine tours to choose from. But there is a lot more to the Marlborough region than wine. From swimming with dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds to horse trekking in the countryside, there are loads of outdoor Marlborough activities to be done.

Marlborough is composed of three sounds, including Queen Charlotte Sound, Kenepuru Sound and Pelorus Sound. Picton is the ideal place to base yourself when exploring the sounds. The town is packed with restaurants, museums, heritage sites and great shopping.

One of the best things to do in Marlborough is going on a scenic cruise of the sounds, as some of its most breathtaking areas are only accessible by boat. The cruise also gives passengers an incredible opportunity to spot all the wildlife that lives within it, like fur seals and blue penguins.

Places to Eat in Marlborough
The food scene in Marlborough has a great reputation due to its excellent range of fresh produce from both land and sea. Within the towns of Blenheim and Picton, you can find a range of dining options, from seafood restaurants and pizzerias to waterfront cafes, coffee bars and fine dining restaurants. Marlborough is also packed with world class vineyards serving delicious local cuisines, such as Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen and Wairau River Restaurant.

Marlborough Climate
Marlborough is the sunniest region in New Zealand. Summertime is dominated by warm, settled and dry weather. Average summer temperatures range from 20C to 26C and occasionally rise above 30C. Winters usually start off with some frost, but are generally mild overall. Typical winter temperatures range from 10C to 15C. Autumn is one of the best times of the year for a visit, as the weather is crisp and clear. Marlborough's vineyards enjoy a wonderful burst of colour during the autumn seasons, making it all the more picturesque and the perfect time to explore. Early spring and late winter are the most unsettled times of the year.

Getting Around Marlborough
With so many things to do in Marlborough, you will need a car to get around. It's the ideal area for a road trip, as there is little traffic and loads of stunning scenic drives, coastlines and towns to explore. Rental cars at the Picton Ferry Terminal are available from a range of providers and are an ideal way to explore the region. If you're flying into Marlborough, rental cars at Blenheim Airport are available from a number of local and international providers. Marlborough is also great for walking and cycling. Loads of people walk and cycle to work or school every day. It's the ideal climate for it, and a sure way to boost your health and fitness. If you would prefer to take public transport, there are various buses, coaches, trains and ferries available throughout the region.

Marlborough Accommodation
Marlborough offers a wide range of accommodation venues to suit any budget and individual comfort requirements. Visitors can choose from a selection of luxury resorts and lodges, world class hotels, comfortable holiday homes and cottages, cheap motels and backpackers accommodation. Throughout the region, there are also various camping grounds, motor camps and holiday parks available.