Monthly Archives: October 2017

Experiencing Marlborough

Posted by Website Admin on October 16, 2017

At The Marlborough Lodge you don’t even have to leave the grounds to start your world class Marlborough wine experience.

Our private wine tasting sessions are held right here at the lodge; we have a variety of wineries on our doorstep, and our own vineyard on site.

Although we do not make our own wine at the lodge, we are in the envious position of having very close relationships with many winemakers. To customise your own exclusive wine tasting experience here at the lodge, we will bring in a winemaker/sommelier so you can sample their wine, along with several others from the area, while being guided through each for a thorough understanding of the complexity, diversity and characteristics of what you are tasting.

If you want to get into wine country and stretch your legs at the same time, we recommend a truly local Marlborough experience with a guided cycle tour. Karen of Explore Marlborough will take you on a small, personal tour off the beaten track seeking out some of Marlborough’s hidden wine gems.

If after all that wine you’d like to tempt your tastebuds with local fare, visit Hedgerows for exquisitely red, juicy hydroponically grown strawberries and real fruit ice cream, best enjoyed in situ with views into the glasshouses where the strawberries grow.

Hedgerows strawberries

And what goes well with strawberries (besides champagne – find that at the No 1 Family Estate cellar door nearby)? Chocolate. At the Makana Chocolate Factory, not far from our front door at the lodge, you can see delicious treats being made right before your eyes, not to mention sample them before you decide which you’d like to take home.

If a cruise on the stunning Marlborough Sounds takes your fancy, then joining the Pelorus Mail Boat from Havelock or the Beachcomber Mail Boat Cruise from Picton  will provide you with the most authentic experience of daily Sounds life in either Pelorus Sound or Queen Charlotte Sound.

A luxury cruising option is a half day Marlborough Sounds cruise on a launch or yacht complete with a delicious chef-prepared lunch featuring local produce and wine.

MV Tarquin

To truly get away from it all, a unique day out is our D’Urville Island Sightseeing, Fishing and Lunch heli tour, which takes you to remote places few have experienced. Enjoy a fantastic day out flying over the spectacular Marlborough Sounds’ outer reaches to a remote rocky outcrop where you will land and get the chance to throw in a fishing line. This secluded spot will guarantee to have you winding in your blue cod catch within minutes of casting off. The views from here are fantastic too; see out to the far reaches of Golden Bay and, to the north, see the volcanic peaks of the central North Island.

Lunch at a "bach" in a pristine bay on an island in the Marlborough Sounds

Then it’s time to fly to D’Urville Island where you will land in a remote, pristine bay. Your freshly caught lunch will be cooked and served on the deck of the private “bach” (New Zealand beach house). This is the perfect spot to stop and take in the beautiful scenery of this unique area. It is then a quick 20 minute flight back over the Marlborough Sounds and the lodge, arriving back mid afternoon.

Back at the lodge, round off your day with some astronomy featuring our neighbour and world-renowned backyard astronomer Bill Allen. Bill will come to the lodge and share his knowledge of the stars. The Marlborough sky is clear and has very little light pollution, making it the perfect place to view the stars and planets, and with Bill on hand and the use of a telescope you can see and understand the Southern Hemisphere a little better. For keen astronomers, private tours with Bill can be arranged at his property where he has his own observatory.

Marlborough features much to see, do, experience and taste. Just ask, and we’ll point you in the right direction and make any bookings required. 

More Locals to Meet

Posted by Sharon Hill on October 09, 2017

The Harvest Restaurant team believe that knowing the story behind each and every ingredient they use at The Marlborough Lodge is critical so that they can confidently combine these to create dishes that showcase the fantastic local produce.

Our team has a philosophy of simple, fresh, local and seasonal cuisine, and use what is fresh in our gardens along with creating great relationships with our suppliers, so they can confidently tell you where and how the products in our dishes were grown.

Those supplier relationships now also work in the reverse where our producers understand what we are creating and are calling the team when they believe they have that one off item that would be perfect for us or simply letting us know when the first of the season is on its way. This means our menu is ever-changing; although there will always be some Harvest classic favourites on the menu. 

As you would imagine our producers are critical to us to allow us to create our menus and, in recognition of their efforts and our ongoing relationship with them, we thought it timely to provide you with a little background on some of these fantastic producers. This is the third in the series, following our earlier Meet the Locals and Meet More Locals blogs.

ViaVio

Producing Italian-style cheese from locally-sourced, natural New Zealand ingredients was the dream of two Romans with a deep passion for food and wine.

Flavio and Flavia searched the country for the best location for their dream, and settled on Nelson for its source of high quality milk. 

Now paired up with Italian Master of Cheese Matteo, ViaVio  produces scamorza, caciocavallo, stracchino, ricotta, mozzarella, fonta, burrata and more - beautiful artisan cheeses which we at The Marlborough Lodge love pairing up with the most superb match of Marlborough wine.

Photo: www.bite.co.nz

NuggetyCreek Farm

Our free-range pork is sourced from just a few kilometres away, where pastures surround the crystal-clear Wakamarina River that flows from the spectacular Mt Richmond Forest Park.

NuggetyCreek Farm, owned by Melvyn and Denyse Goodall, breeds Wessex Saddleback pigs that live a completely free-range existence, constrained only by the property’s boundary fences. The Goodalls follow organic practices and aim to give their pigs a pleasurable, stress-free life because “happy pigs provide very tasty meat”.

The meat is butchered in Blenheim before arriving in our kitchen: It really doesn’t get fresher than that.

Photo: NuggetyCreek Farm

 

Old Road Estate

Old Road Estate’s fig and feijoa orchards are located so close to The Marlborough Lodge that the term “freshly picked” is true in every sense.

Personally delivered to our kitchen by the very people who grow and handpick them, these figs and feijoas truly are an autumn delight that grows bountifully in Marlborough’s perfectly suited climate.

Old Road Estate[SH3]  has been operating for 20 years now from its humble beginnings of just two Brown Turkey Fig Trees, which were sourced from the Middle East, to 270 fig trees and many more feijoa plants today. Our personal supplier Emily ensures The Marlborough Lodge always receives the highest quality fruit from her family’s orchard, and our chefs delight in creating something truly special for our guests.

Photo: Old Road Estate

Kinzett Tomatoes

Based just around the corner from The Marlborough Lodge are the locally-owned and operated Kinzett greenhouses where we source our tomatoes year-round.

Paul and Kaye Kinzett are continuing a long family tradition of growing tomatoes, initially outdoors over a century ago and then in glasshouses from 1970.

Kinzett’s tomatoes are grown hydroponically within the 2ha glasshouses for optimum flavour and being so close the source, The Marlborough Lodge’s chefs know these tomatoes are the freshest they can possibly be.

Photo: www.yara.co.nz

 

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Marlborough Experiences

Posted by Website Admin on October 02, 2017

Here at The Marlborough Lodge we enjoy a beautiful balance of upmost seclusion and privacy within our sprawling grounds, with being surprisingly close to a number of fabulous wineries, restaurants and other destinations.

In fact, we are so well located on Marlborough’s Golden Mile of wine that you do not even need to drive to some of them. Simply take a relaxing walk past the vineyards, or even enjoy a short bike ride over the sweeping flat Wairau Plain.

The obvious places to go are, of course, some of the region’s top wineries. Grab a complimentary lodge bike and pedal at your leisure to Hunter’s - don’t miss Clarry Neame’s art studio - St Clair, Allan Scott, Cloudy Bay, No.1 Family Estate, Georges Michel and Rock Ferry Wines to name just a few.  If a tour is more your thing then ask us about our private wine tasting tour, exclusive to lodge guests.

Most of these wineries also have fabulous restaurants - the hardest part will be choosing which one to stop at for lunch. Branch out and quench your thirst with a visit to the local beer cellar door, Moa Brewery. Also worth a mention is the Vines Village, where a lakeside lunch or coffee goes hand in hand with Whitehaven’s cellar door, boutique shops and giant chess.

Photo: Vines Village

If you’d like to experience Marlborough from the air, then our Marlborough Sounds Highlights heli tour might be just the ticket. With pick up from the Lodge helipad, take a tour by air of the Marlborough Sounds with a landing and bush walk at Dillon Bell Point. This fantastic tour provides you with a bird’s eye view of the area's magnificent waterways and then lands you on the water’s edge where you can take a short walk into the pristine bush, or add a picnic style lunch.

Marlborough Sounds, by helicopter

Marlborough has strong sheep farming roots, as seen in our Farm Experience tour. Paul and Muff Newton at Kaituna Ridges will demonstrate sheep herding where their skilled heading and eye dogs will show off their skills in bringing a mob of sheep in - all controlled by Muff or Paul’s whistle. A wool shearing demonstration is followed by a traditional farm morning tea with freshly baked scones and a good cuppa, while Paul and Muff chat about their daily life on the farm in their fun and typically understated rural New Zealand way.

Marlborough has many rivers that are ideal for fly fishing. Experience fishing the Pelorus, a serene and beautiful river holding large numbers of both rainbow and brown trout. It offers different types of water for all angling skill levels and many open stretches with good access.

Upper reaches of the river are only accessible by helicopter and the middle and lower reaches by vehicle. Helicopter, transport, private guides and all fishing equipment can be arranged.

If staying close to The Marlborough Lodge appeals, then you may like to consider our Garden to Plate experience: the chef’s vegetable garden tour and cooking demonstration. Shadow one of our chefs as they select the freshest produce from the lodge vegetable garden and then demonstrate how best to prepare a dish. With first-hand knowledge of the vegetables gathered and the skills learned from our experienced chef team, your next dinner is sure to be a hit.

If all these fantastic Marlborough experiences have left you in need of rest and relaxation, you might like to indulge in a massage treatment. In the privacy of your own room, our experienced massage therapist will use a combination of massage techniques to increase circulation, relieve muscle tension and promote a state of deep relaxation.

There is a lot you can see, do, experience and taste in Marlborough and even within just five to 10 minutes of the Lodge. Just ask, and we’ll point you in the right direction and make any bookings required. 

 

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What our customers say

Our favourite place in New Zealand. From the moment owner Peter White welcomed us, we knew we were in a special place. Peter has lived all over the world (Australia, England, Canada and now New Zealand). We started out our stay with a lovely talk about wine. (This is the Marlborough wine country). And an invitation to walk among their grape vines. And the food? Well, I wish our foodie son had been with us! I will always remember the pomegranate molasses dessert with a swish of cheesecake underneath, nestled up against white chocolate and pistachios. Oh my. Truly loved ALL the staff! Both professional AND friendly. Felt sad driving out the lavender-lined driveway. Would be a great place for a wedding!

Janie

Amazing food, service & room. Congratulations.

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First class lodge - quiet, comfortable, spoiling...

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Beautiful lodge.

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