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Marlborough Adventures

Posted by Website Admin on April 10, 2017

There are those who are happy to sit with a book and relax for their entire holiday and those who are happy to do that for five minutes, then are itching to get out and about, get busy and have some adventures. If you're the latter, or you need to entertain an energetic partner, there are plenty of options here in Marlborough for adventure. 

There really is no shortage of options for those seeking an active, adventure-filled holiday, where busy days of exploring Marlborough are beautifully balanced with sumptuous gourmet dinners and perfectly matched wine on the lodge’s relaxing veranda, or in the well-appointed dining room.

The Marlborough Lodge is located in prime Marlborough wine country, which offers many adventures in itself, but there are many more strings to our bow, we are also mere minutes from some of the best golf courses, mountain bike tracks, nature walks and hunting and fishing spots.

At the Lodge you can do archery under the trees, swim in the heated pool, play tennis next door on the grass courts, or get the heart pumping with a bike ride or run along the local flat, vine-fringed roads.

The Lodge offers a range of activities including archery, tennis, biking and scenic helicopter flights.

Further afield, experienced heli-adventure guides can take you to rarely visited trout fishing rivers surrounded by majestic alpine scenery, or secluded hunting grounds high in the mountains, in just minutes - you’ll not only come home with great stories to tell, but freshly-caught dinner as well for the chef to transform into a thing of beauty on your plate.

For those more into spectacular scenery, simply climb aboard the helicopter and be taken on a scenic flight above Marlborough’s stunning landscapes and enjoy a gourmet mountain-top picnic.

For a more ground-based activity, located just a short drive from the lodge are the Blenheim, Marlborough (Fairhall) and Rarangi Golf Clubs: The choice is yours. For mountainbikers, there are many kilometres of track to explore nearby, from the mixed grade trails on the Wither Hills and Taylor Dam to the more advanced coastal splendour of Mt Robertson above Whites Bay or, slightly, further afield, the Wakamarina.

Other experiences on offer include Marlborough Sounds cruises, wine tasting, Maori culture, gourmet foods, eco encounters, garden and farm tours. Whether you’re travelling alone or with a group, the Lodge can create can personalise adventure activities that suit you.

There are many options for getting out and about and enjoying all that Marlborough has to offer, including walking, cruising the Marlborough Sounds and exploring the Marlborough wine region

 

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Long Luxury Weekend: Sydney to Marlborough

Posted by Website Admin on April 07, 2017

Swapping the busy streets of Sydney for the peaceful sunny vineyard-filled plains of Marlborough was a breeze and the rewards were many, including a massive drop in stress levels from the moment I arrived in this beautiful province.

I grabbed the 9.45am Sydney-Blenheim Friday connection on Air New Zealand - a Qantas codeshare, which got me into Wellington at 3pm NZ time. I had plenty of time to enjoy a coffee from the Fuel counter, shop at NZ-made Icebreaker who make great merino wear, then get on my flight to Blenheim. A short 25 minute flight over the stunning Marlborough Sounds - ancient sunken valleys featuring one-fifth of New Zealand's coastline and I was there by 6pm.

Arriving at Blenheim Airport, I was met by Toby, a friendly young man from The Marlborough Lodge. Within minutes we were driving the sunny lanes flanked by lush, grape-sprinked grapevines, and arriving at the beautiful Victorian Lodge nestled in amongst the vineyards and trees. A convivial drink with fellow Aussie General Manager Peter White in the Great Room later and I was encounced in my very stylish and comfortable Premium Suite with views over the 16 acre estate.

After a quick relax on my super comfy bed and a rejuvenating splash in the double tub in the palatial ensuite, it was off to  pre-dinner drinks and canapes in the courtyard, in front of the roaring outdoor fireplace. Marlborough sauvignon blanc in hand with a platter of delicious Bluff oysters in the shell invitingly standing by, to say I was winding down was rather an understatement.

We were then summoned to the Dining Room for an endless and truly spiritual series of delicious courses served lodge-style and made up primarily of locally-sourced produce. Not only did chef Jason Brown make it taste heavenly, but it was almost too pretty to eat.

  

It was then back to the courtyard and fireplace, for a digestive port and some shared stories with the other guests, before trundling off for a peaceful night's rest.

The next day, fortified by a full breakfast again featuring great coffee and some delicious smoked mussels with scrambled eggs, I was off on a Marlborough Icons Tour - wine tasting by morning, waterfront lunch, and seafood cruise by afternoon. Beautiful bliss and a really great taste of the best that Marlborough has to offer.

A divine repeat of the night before with a longer bath and more fireside lingering, followed by another fab sleep and tasty breakfast. Then a relax about the estate until I headed off for my 11.25am Air New Zealand/Qantas flight back to Sydney, via Auckland this time for a different shopping experience. Home by 5.40pm Australia time - plenty of time to get myself organised for back to work Monday.

What a brilliant weekend!

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Lunch, Marlborough Style

Posted by Website Admin on October 07, 2016

While staying at Marlborough Lodge, there is every reason to enjoy the best of Marlborough’s world-class food and wine scene by taking a long, very long, lunch.

The lodge is perfectly located in the heart of Marlborough’s famed “golden mile” of wineries, and there are no shortage of choices for a sumptuous cafe, cellar door or restaurant lunch. Or, you can choose to seek lunch further afield to combine the outing with a drive through stunning Marlborough scenery or a cruise in the stunning Marlborough Sounds.

Golden Mile lunch

The closest all-year winery lunch options to The Marlborough Lodge are Saint Clair Vineyard Kitchen, Rock Ferry Wines Cafe, Wairau River Wines and Twelve Trees Restaurant at Allan Scott Wines – all within easy biking distance, some even a short walk.

Within minutes of leaving your Marlborough Lodge suite you can be seated at your sunny courtyard table, crisp sauvignon blanc in hand, in summer, or fireside with a glass of red in winter.

Also nearby is Vines Village Cafe which offers a more casual lunch experience, perfect for families, with sweeping views overlooking a private pond to the northern ranges, and a shopping village to explore following lunch.

Menus in all these establishments focus on fresh and local ingredients and flavours, so you can expect a great Marlborough taste experience every time.

    

Urban lunch

Blenheim is a short, easy drive from The Marlborough Lodge.

On the banks of the Taylor River you’ll find Raupo, which offers a French-infused menu combined with Kiwi favourites. For a more casual bite to eat and a great coffee, Watery Mouth Cafe overlooking central Seymour Square offers a selection of lunch options with a view, or try 23 Grove Rd Coffee House on the main highway opposite the train station (there’s parking round the back).

For a gourmet twist on the classic Kiwi pie, head for The Burleigh delicatessen on New Renwick Road. Don’t let the small, unassuming shop front put you off - within its walls are incredible award-winning pork belly, steak and blue cheese and jerk chicken pies, and pork shoulder sausage rolls, along with delicious coffee.

Scenic lunch

Head west from The Marlborough Lodge where vineyards turn into lush green valleys, and you’ll eventually find yourself in Havelock; head east, and it’s Picton. Either destination marks one end of the celebrated, scenic Queen Charlotte Drive - make a day of it, and do lunch on the way!

In Havelock, enjoy fresh Greenshell mussels at the Slip Inn overlooking the marina, with the knowledge that this seafood was grown in the very water you are looking at.

In Picton, Le Cafe on the waterfront is as popular with visitors as it is locals for its good coffee and fresh food. Across the intersection is Cafe Cortado, where seafood and pizza feature high on the menu while set slightly back from waterfront crowds you’ll find Gusto renowned for its coffee.

There’s no shortage in Marlborough to treat yourself to a delicious lunch in a beautiful place - the most difficult part is choosing where to go.

Luxury cruise lunch

For a deliciously decadent dining experience, you could head out on our private launch MV Tarquin from Picton for an onboard chef-prepared gourmet lunch paired with Marlborough wine. Enjoy the beautiful scenery while you dine alfresco on the deck or inside the cabin, where the stunning views are just as good.

While staying at Marlborough Lodge, there is every reason to enjoy the best of Marlborough’s world-class food and wine scene by taking a long, very long, lunch.

The lodge is perfectly located in the heart of Marlborough’s famed “golden mile” of wineries, and there are no shortage of choices for a sumptuous cafe, cellar door or restaurant lunch. Or, you can choose to seek lunch further afield to combine the outing with a drive through stunning Marlborough scenery.

  

Picnic lunch

Have the kitchen whip you up a delicious picnic lunch and let your exploring take you where you wish - be it the beach, riverside, to the hills, among the vineyards, in a park or in the forest.

Just ask one of our staff for ideas, directions and transport if required. 

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Renovation Tour

Posted by Website Admin on September 06, 2016

Peter White, our new General Manager, takes you on a snapshot tour of The Marlborough Lodge mid-renovation. The extensive renovation inside, outside and throughout the 16 acre grounds is on track for our November 2016 opening.

 

Peter & the Lodge in the Media

Posted by Website Admin on September 03, 2016

Our new General Manager, Peter White, was featured in the business section of the Blenheim Sun yesterday:

Peter started three weeks ago and is full on into overseeing the extensive renovations, hiring staff including chef and housekeeping teams, as well as finalising interior design, marketing collateral and more.  

The Beauty of Marlborough

Posted by Website Admin on August 28, 2016

For those who live here and those who visit, Marlborough's beauty is obvious and immediately enveloping.

From the sprawling plains of vineyards - glossy green in spring and summer, and burnt orange in autumn - fringed by rolling hills and snowy peaks in the distance, to the lush coves and tranquil green waters of the Marlborough Sounds it's amazingly diverse but consistantly gorgeous. It's a keep-your-camera-ready sort of place where you'll happily fill your memory card in no time. 

Sunrises and sunsets light up the skies with astounding colour, and during the day - being the sunniest region in New Zealand, it's usually sunny - the brilliant blue skies cast an ever-changing light over this stunning region.

For those who haven't experienced it or want to relive a previous visit, check out this new Tourism New Zealand video:

Tourism New Zealand - Souvenirs from Reel Factory on Vimeo.

Creating a Luxury Lodge

Posted by Website Admin on March 02, 2016

The tranquillity and peace will be disturbed in May when our contractors arrive to begin a large scale renovation of the property to transform it into a high end luxurious lodge to welcome guests from all over the world.

Come November The Marlborough Lodge will open its doors and offer guests 10 contemporary suites over two floors, each a unique luxurious haven with brand new ensuites and balcony access.

Downstairs, a new commercial kitchen will be home to a team of chefs who will create delicious breakfasts to give you a great start to the day, appetising canapés prepared demonstration kitchen-style to help you wind down at the end, leading on to a lavish 3-course dinner accompanied by local and international wine.

Also downstairs, two dining areas, a lounge, bar and library – all refurbished with a modern vintage vibe – will give you plenty of options for relaxation or business.

Keep an eye on our Facebook page for regular updates on the renovations and glimpses of the finished lodge as each part comes to gorgeous fruition.

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What our customers say

Superb service, exquisite cuisine, excellent accommodation.

Roger & Tamara

Such a beautiful place, thank-you! Happy New Zealand for 2017 x

Donna & Murray

Amazing food, service & room. Congratulations.

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