Luxury holidays in Marlborough

New Zealand’s largest wine growing region, Marlborough, occupies the northeast corner of the South Island. Here, you’ll find world-class wine, dramatic coastal waterways and the sunniest climate in the country. Spend time sampling Sauvignon blancs, Pinot noirs and Chardonnays at more than 30 cellar doors, and tucking into meals of fresh seafood. Hop on a kayak and explore the clear waters, sheltered inlets and protected islands of Marlborough Sound. On land, join a guided tour, hire a bike, or trek out on your own hiking adventure; the area’s trails range from hour-long loops to overnight hikes along sandy beaches and through native forests; the 70km-long Queen Charlotte Walking Track winds through coastal forest, around coves and inlets and over skyline ridges.

When to go

Days are long and warm from December to February, and the vineyards are at their most robust from March to May. Winters (from June to August) are relatively short, but can see more rainfall and frost; the spring months of September to November are generally mild and pleasant. Overall, Marlborough enjoys more sunshine – over 2,300 hours a year of it – than most of the country.

Getting there

  • Planes

    Catch international flights (direct from parts of Asia, with stops from other destinations) to Nelson, Blenheim, Christchurch, or Wellington.
  • Automobiles

    Renting a car is a breeze; there are hire locations at airports and in towns and, although driving may take a while, it’s fairly easy going.