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Holidays in Marlborough

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Marlborough Vacation: Coronavirus Information

Most Marlborough hotels offer free cancellation. Consider booking refundable hotels rather than non-refundable ones. Just look for the ‘free cancellation’ message during your hotel search. Prices can vary, but right now we believe that flexibility matters.

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Top hotels in Marlborough

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Chateau Marlborough
Chateau Marlborough
5 out of 5
Cnr High and Henry Streets, Blenheim
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$139 per night from 27 Sep. to 28 Sep.
4.5/5Wonderful! (922 reviews)

"Always lovely helpful staff and restful stay. Rooms are well appointment.. Would be nice to have some type of body lotion on hand along with all the soaps and shampoos etc."…"

Reviewed on 23 Sep. 2020

Chateau Marlborough
Picton Yacht Club Hotel
Picton Yacht Club Hotel
3.5 out of 5
25 Waikawa Road, Marlborough, Picton
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$99 per night from 27 Sep. to 28 Sep.
3.8/5Good! (888 reviews)

"Room clean good view upstairs, restaurant a bit lacking yes winter menu but it was meat and potatoes thats it no greens or anything eyc couldn't even buy a salad to go with. Very very basic"…"

Reviewed on 5 Sep. 2020

Picton Yacht Club Hotel
Harbour View Motel
Harbour View Motel
4.5 out of 5
30 Waikawa Road, Picton
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$84 per night from 27 Sep. to 28 Sep.
4.6/5Exceptional! (536 reviews)

"Great stay am gonna go there again for sure 👍 loved the view from our room and balcony, its to die for xoxo"…"

Reviewed on 12 Sep. 2020

Harbour View Motel

Top activities in Marlborough

Picton Cruise Excursion - Marlborough Wine Tour
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Picton Cruise Excursion - Marlborough Wine Tour

AU$131
Per adult
84% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour of Marlborough
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Full-Day Wine Tasting Tour of Marlborough

AU$121
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Full day Guided Sea Kayak Tour from Picton
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Full day Guided Sea Kayak Tour from Picton

AU$131
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend

Marlborough

Majestic stretches of water, secluded beaches, water sports, wineries and wildlife await in this stunning region in the northeast corner of New Zealand’s South Island. Visit the Marlborough region for adventure activities, viticulture and wildlife spotting amid grand scenery. Marlborough runs from the striking archipelago on the South Island’s northeastern tip, over the Southern Alps, across vineyards and along the Pacific Ocean. Go sea-kayaking, hike across rugged mountain landscapes, swim with dolphins and tour New Zealand’s largest winemaking area.

Picton , a gateway to the magnificent sea-drowned valleys, pretty beaches and waterways of the Marlborough Sounds, is a great place to start your holiday. Explore the four distinct sounds of Kenepuru, Mahau, Pelorus and Queen Charlotte by guided boat cruises or rented kayak. Swim alongside playful pods of dolphins, see varied birdlife and spot blue penguins. Nearby Havelock is another starting point for excursions around the sounds.

Hike or bike on the Queen Charlotte Track, a 70-kilometre (44-mile) long trail that follows the shore of Queen Charlotte Sound. Take a break at idyllic beaches, historic whaling stations and wildlife-watching lookouts. Stay overnight at campsites and luxury resorts.

Explore the heart of Marlborough’s winelands, famous for the production of sauvignon blanc wines. Start your journey from the towns of Blenheim and Renwick and head to the bodegas located in the Awatare Valley and Wairau Valley that open their doors for tours, tastings and exceptional dining experiences.

Spend some time enjoying more of the region’s glorious countryside by kayaking on the Wairau River. Walk in the undulating, forest-covered terrain of Mount Richmond Forest Park. Join a multiday trek to the summit of Mount Tapuae-O-Uenuku and be rewarded with unbeatable panoramic views. Surf at Marfells Beach and Whites Bay, just two of the many beaches on the shores of the Pacific Ocean.

Reach the Marlborough region by flying to Christchurch’s international airport and renting a car or catch a ferry to Picton from Wellington on the North Island. Marlborough is New Zealand’s sunniest region and a place to visit year-round, although cooler temperatures can be expected in the winter months. Extend your trip and visit the unspoilt beaches at Abel Tasman National Park and Rabbit Island to the west of the Marlborough region.

Frequently asked questions

Q: What are the most popular types of hotels for a holiday to Marlborough?
A: Many travellers recommend motels in Marlborough. However, you won’t be lacking in options. Bed & breakfasts, hotels and apartments are also readily available in this destination.
Q: What does a Marlborough holiday booking with Expedia include?
A: As much as you like. You can lock in a flight, car or hotel. You can also reduce the hassle by combining any number of these. Why not check out some experiences and attractions in Marlborough while you’re at it?
Q: What is the best way to save money on my holiday to Marlborough?
A: The simplest way to save your hard-earned money is to bundle your bookings with Expedia. Hotels, Flights and Experiences can be arranged into a neat little holiday package — doing this will save you time too. Keep this in mind before you book.