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Part of the Family - Guest Blog

Posted by Website Admin on November 03, 2017

Susan Boehnstedt from Critics Choice Vacations recently visited New Zealand and Australia, and stayed with us during her travels. Here is an excerpt from her travel blog...

We flew to Blenheim where we once again rented a self-drive car and stayed at the charming Marlborough Lodge for 2 nights. This is a smaller boutique property in the heart of the Marlborough wine producing country. Fields are rich with vines and the landscape more of rolling fields and hills than cliffs and bays. We were met upon arrival by a lovely glass of local Sauvignon Blanc and our uber gracious host and GM, Mr. Peter White who was a wealth of knowledge about the area as well as the history of the property itself, which was once a convent.

This boutique and charming property is eclectic, historical, modern and relaxed all in one location. Lush gardens and ponds surround the property and are free to be explored on foot or by bike. A lavender path lines the entrance of the Marlborough Lodge where you are met by staff at the stain glassed entry doors as you are welcomed in. Given that the property is small, you really have a chance to mix and mingle with the other guests on site which was a real treat. Rooms were large and well-appointed with lovely fabrics, soft colors, dynamic smelling roses and flowers from their garden and interesting and diverse artwork dons all of the walls of the lodge.  Dinner is more relaxed and family style without missing any touches of elegance. Bravo to Peter, Ben, Jessica and Marie for making our stay so memorable and making us feel like part of the family

While in the area we opted to take in the famous local museum called Omaka Aviation Heritage Center a great collection of WWI and WWII history and artifacts with a very experiential component to the Museum. If in the Marlborough area, it should not be missed.  A few highlights from our brief visit there.

While in the Marlborough region, on our final day we enjoyed a beautiful and educational Marlborough Tour Company Greenshell Mussel Cruise tour on Pelorus Sound and Kenepuru Sound and learned all about the farming and harvesting of the famous NZ green mussels. We of course were able to enjoy them fresh out of the water, steamed and with a lovely glass or two of Sauvignon Blanc.  The photos below highlight a few of the images we captured during our cruise and the waters are indeed as teal green as you see below. I must say this was one of the highlights of our trip, very relaxing and so different for an AZ girl. If you are in the area, don't miss this!

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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. 

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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Spring is (nearly) Sprung

Posted by Website Admin on August 29, 2017

Marlborough has four very distinct seasons, each with its own climate – though sunshine is the common, very welcome factor throughout the year.

This year spring has arrived in Marlborough a little earlier than September. Cherry blossoms, frolicking lambs, snow-capped mountains against a blue sky, warm afternoons on a lawn or veranda sipping the latest vintage Sauvignon Blanc - this is how Marlborough does spring, and it does it very well indeed.

Not only the cherries, but also the almond, apricot and many other fruit trees - in Marlborough’s orchards and parks alike - are brimming with colour. Visit us in late spring, and you might just be able to sample, or even pick, some of these naturally delicious treats straight from the tree.

Here at the Lodge one of our favourite spring vistas is from Spring Creek, which runs through the estate, looking south west where the Lodge is framed by fields of daffodils.

Perhaps less visible, but certainly very important, are the tiny, delicate green buds forming and sprouting on the grape vines that mark the most tender beginnings of what will, in just a few months, be Marlborough’s next vintage.

This is called “bud burst”, the end of the vines’ dormant winter stage, and the first variety to do so is Chardonnay, then Pinot Noir, with Sauvignon Blanc following two to three weeks later.

Photo: www.vicaragelane.co.nz

It’s essential for our viticulturists to protect these precious beginnings of their future crop and many spend long nights on frost watch: The impressive outline of hovering helicopters and spinning frost fans against the sunrise, working hard to keep the frost of vines by creating an inversion layer, is a familiar Marlborough spring scene.

What follows is flowering, then fruit set, ripening (veraison) and - the grand finale to the cycle that Marlborough is so finely tuned to - harvest.

From The Marlborough Lodge, the growing process is something you can observe first-hand. From within our expansive grounds are not only parklike gardens, but also some of the vineyards that create our world-class wines and all around, and accessible to you, are the local wineries, and winemakers, who make the magic happen.

To dive into Marlborough wine, simply book a wine tour, or drive, bike or walk to the nearest winery from the lodge, to find out all the interesting behind-the-scenes goings-on about our large and vibrant wine industry, from the people who make it happen.

And when you’ve had your fill of wine for the day (is there such a thing?), you could do something completely different and head north to Picton for an afternoon in the warm sunshine by the sea, or perhaps get out on the water for a seafood cruise - you’ll quickly be convinced it’s already summer.

See our Spring into Spring package and join us to enjoy this beautiful season.

 

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Heli Adventures

Posted by Website Admin on August 14, 2017

There are many angles from which to experience the stunning and impossibly varied natural beauty of New Zealand’s ‘Top of the South’ Island - road, sea, bush track - but one of the best has to be from the sky.

Helicopter tours are often the only way to reach some of this region’s spectacular scenic gems which, due to their isolation, are rarely seen. If you choose to begin your tour from here at The Marlborough Lodge, your helicopter will simply land on our lawn.

If you’re joining us from elsewhere, we can arrange New Zealand-wide heli transfers for you and your luggage, to get to and from Marlborough as swiftly as possible without delay and with incredible scenic vistas along the way.

Reid Helicopters Nelson, one of our preferred suppliers, is one of the most established and experienced companies at the Top of the South Island, with current owner and pilot Toby Reid succeeding two generations of his family.

Toby and his team spend their days flying over, and to, pockets of beauty that few people are lucky enough to ever see.

Based in Wakefield, just south of Nelson, Reid Helicopters is in a wonderfully central location to offer their clients the best of what this area has to offer, in absolute comfort and style. 

Whether you wish to view the turquoise waters and golden sands of the Abel Tasman National Park from a unique birds-eye perspective, land on a wild, isolated West Coast beach or atop a snowy peak, or visit filming locations from director Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy in Kahurangi National Park, Toby has tours to meet every requirement.

Alternatively, enjoy a picnic like no other with a delicious lunch prepared by your personal chef on an island in the Marlborough Sounds, or take our bespoke Marlborough Sounds heli tour.

You could even visit the clearest lake in the world, Blue Lake/Rotomairewhenua in Nelson Lakes National Park, which would normally take two days or more to walk to. Or if it’s more adventure you’re after, then enquire about heli-tramping or mountain biking.

Whether it’s a transfer, a full day adventure including lunch or a half day tour closer to home, enquire with us to help create a bespoke itinerary just for you. The sky really is the limit.

 

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Top of the South Day Trip

Posted by Website Admin on August 06, 2017

Art, wine, local food, adventure and some of New Zealand’s most stunning scenery: the lineup of amazing and varied things to see and do in New Zealand's 'Top of the South' Island is unrivalled.

And the good news is, from The Marlborough Lodge all of these things are just a short drive away, including the nearby city of Nelson in the beautiful Tasman Bay.

Photo: Nelson marina - sail-world.com

Known for its long-established art scene, great cafe culture and stunning natural beauty, Nelson is worth the 1.5 hour drive from the lodge just for the drive itself. Or take a heli flight to cut down the transfer time and take in the stunning views on the way over the Marlborough Sounds and Tasman Bay right out to Abel Tasman.

Following State Highway 6, the trip takes in Pelorus Bridge where you will find virgin native bush and a deep river gorge, popular with river swimmers in summer and known for the barrel scene in The Hobbit which was filmed here. On a hot day, nothing beats an ice cream at the little cafe. If you like to stretch your legs, there are many forest trail walks through the ancient beech trees – some just 10-15 minutes in length.

Photo: Pelorus Bridge - Marlboroughnz.com

On arrival in Nelson, an easy way to enjoy the city is to park at the iSite, which you’ll find at the city’s northern entrance, and take an easy stroll through the central shopping area where high street brands are interspersed with cafes, galleries, great coffee and boutique stores. If you enjoy art, a visit to Craig Potton gallery+store and The Suter Art Gallery are a must.

A must-see is Tahunanui Beach which is only a few minutes’ drive from the central city and a favourite with locals and visitors alike for its white expanse of sand, and beautiful views across sand and sea to rugged mountain ranges, which are snow-capped in winter and spring.

Halfway between city and beach you’ll notice the Boat Shed Cafe, which is set over tranquil harbour waters and overlooks the Boulder Bank and Haulashore Island, the perfect place to stop for morning tea or lunch. A small intimate restaurant with beautiful views - particularly when the sun sets behind the western ranges - the Boat Shed Cafe is a classic Nelson landmark that is very well documented in artworks and photographs.

Photo: Boat Shed Cafe Nelson

Further afield, about half an hour south of Nelson, why not visit the truly idyllic Upper Moutere, which has been called the “Provence of the South”. The green rolling hills, backed by mountain vistas, are home to a staggering array of artists and craftspeople, wineries and other produce including berries, mushrooms, even peonies - and in Moutere Village, you’ll find The Moutere Inn, New Zealand’s oldest pub - which has to be worth a quick pint.

Alternatively, take a break from driving and let local guide Noel Kennedy show you all the best spots on a Wine, Art & Wilderness tour. Noel specialises in luxury and private wine, eco and art tours in both Nelson and Marlborough: His informal, relaxed tours in the comfort of a Mercedes will ensure you see some of Nelson’s less-travelled routes and local attractions, complete with contemporary and historical background information.

Another option is to take the coastal road that winds around Tasman Bay’s secluded inlets to the village of Mapua and enjoy its cluster of art galleries, boutique shops and cafes overlooking the inlet. For something completely different, try Jester House Cafe in nearby Tasman where quirkiness is key and fresh, wholesome, artisan food is a given. Once you’ve enjoyed a meal, take a walk through the grounds which is filled with art of the most unexpected variety - including a giant boot used as a B&B.

Photo: Mapua wharf - mapuawharf.co.nz

All good things must come to an end, but the fact you have to head home should not mean missing out on a tasty afternoon tea. Just 30 minutes before reaching the Lodge you’ll pass through Havelock, New Zealand’s Greenshell Mussel capital. To enjoy a plate of the freshest mussels you’re ever likely to taste, sit down at one of Havelock’s cafes such as The Mussel Pot on the main road or the Slip Inn Cafe down at the marina. Best enjoyed with a glass of boutique Marlborough beer, or a Marlborough sauvignon blanc.

Photo: Greenshell mussels - newzealand.com

The Top of the South really does have it all, and more: You’ll probably be planning your next visit before the current one has finished.

 

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Books, food & wine

Posted by Website Admin on June 30, 2017

There are some things in life that are a perfect match. It’s long been known that fantastic wine and delicious food make a great couple. Add fantastic books and the wonderful authors behind them to the mix and it’s a recipe for indulgence. Here’s where the wonderful Marlborough Book Festival comes in, held at the end of July each year. The Lodge is a proud supporter of this popular event.

Mario from Cloudy Bay wines, a sponsor of the Marlborough Book Festival

A boutique annual festival in Marlborough, at the top of New Zealand’s South Island, the festival has been running for four years and has a very dedicated following. Authors gather at local theatres and wineries to talk about their books, their writing style, their life and what inspires them.

Laughter and tears are the norm at the sessions, as are tasty bites of locally-grown salmon and Marlborough olive oil with handmade bread, washed down with Marlborough wine, personally poured by various local wineries who passionately support the festival.

This year’s festival runs 28-30 July and features 11 eminent authors and 4 journalists from New Zealand and Australia with sessions with everything from craft beer to poetry being discussed, and an art class just down the road at Hunter’s Wines. Authors include emminent poets Emma Neale, Brian Turner and CK Stead together in a poetry panel. Australian dinosaur expert John Pickrell and beer fanatic Alice Gallatley and more. See the programme here...

A festival weekend at the Lodge

Can we suggest spending overnight Saturday 29 July at the Lodge during the Festival, where you can enjoy delicious breakfast and lodge-style dinner prepared by our chef and his team, topped off with a generous slice of book festival during the day. We’ll take you along to your festival sessions and ensure you have an enriching weekend.

When you're not at the festival or enjoying the delicious cuisine, there are many reading spots at the Lodge to curl up with a new book signed by a festival author, including our inviting Library, court-yard facing Great Room and fireside in the Breakfast Room - perfectly accompanied by a glass of Marlborough pinot noir.

See our Marlborough Book Festival package for more information.

 Contact Peter to arrange your stay – [email protected] | +64 3 570 5700 

A world away, yet oh so close

Posted by Website Admin on June 01, 2017

In times gone by, New Zealand was part of the exotic and intriguing 'South Pacific' region, a long journey into the unknown by only the most intrepid of travellers. These days, thankfully, New Zealand is an easy to get to and much-visited destination for many travellers, and on many a bucket list of those yet to experience the delights of 'down under'.

Marlborough, at the top of New Zealand's South Island, still has a touch of that remote and untouched paradise about it. Luckily for travellers, however, Marlborough is right in the centre of New Zealand and easily accessible from just about anywhere.

In terms of flying there are plenty of options, with Blenheim Airport just 10 minutes drive from the Lodge:

  • Air New Zealand flies direct to Blenheim from main cities Auckland (1hr 25 mins) and Wellington (25 mins)
  • Sounds Air flies from Wellington (25 mins), Kaikoura (30 mins), Christchurch (50 mins) and Napier (60 mins)
  • Helicopter transfers from Christchurch, Nelson and Wellington, or another location, direct to the Lodge are also possible.

Other transfer options include ferry and car:

  • From Wellington, take a 3 hour ferry ride on foot or with your vehicle. Cruise across the Cook Strait and through the stunning Marlborough Sounds onboard Interislander or Blue Bridge ferry services; It’s then a short 20 minute drive from Picton to the Lodge.
  • From Christchurch, it’s approximately a six hour drive through the beautiful Arthurs Pass and past Saint Arnaud alpine villages nestled on the shores of Lake Rotoiti.
  • From Nelson, it’s just 80 minutes drive to Blenheim, passing through the ancient beech forests at Pelorus River – where The Hobbit was filmed – and past Havelock, the Greenshell mussel capital of the world.

Once you’re here in Marlborough and enveloped in all the brilliant scenery – not to mention world-class wine and delectable local produce – it takes no imagination at all to feel you’re a world away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

Marlborough has just been included in Wine Enthusiast’s Top 10 World Wine Destinations 2017, amongst numerous other accolades, and you’re never stuck for ideas of what to do during your stay here. Simply enjoy the peace and tranquillity, take a wine tour or a seafood cruise to celebrate the region’s icons, enjoy the delicious cuisine offered at many eateries around the region including breakfast and dinner at the Lodge, get active with hiking or biking the many trails, or go on the hunt with fishing and hunting trips.

Whether you're here for a holiday, a special celebration or for a mini break from the Lions Tour, ensure take your camera, because every minute – from sunrise to sunset – is a great photo op in Marlborough.

You can relax and enjoy the region’s splendour for as long as you’re able knowing that, while it might be hard to tear yourself away at the end of your stay, the logistics of leaving Marlborough and heading to your next port of call are as easy as when you arrived. 

Check out our Packages page to see what we have coming up at the Lodge to tempt you to Marlborough.

 

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Local Secrets

Posted by Website Admin on May 25, 2017

Part of the joy of visiting a new place is discovering those wonderful “local secrets”, and here at Marlborough Lodge we’re all too happy to share those Marlborough secrets with our guests so they can enjoy them for themselves.

Every town has its share of locals’ favourite hangouts, and in Blenheim, Ritual Cafe is one example.

 

This central Blenheim cafe has an eclectic style, a food cabinet to die for and of course fantastic coffee. You can either chat to the locals, or unwind with an adult colouring in book in the retro booths if you so prefer.

The Marlborough Farmers’ Market deserves a mention.

This chilled out Sunday morning event at Blenheim’s A&P Park is as much a chance for the region’s producers to sell their wares as it is for locals to meet up and have a coffee, a freshly prepared, locally-sourced hot breakfast and a good chat.

And you haven't really experienced Marlborough without a gourmet pie from The Burleigh accompanied by delicious coffee.

Another hidden source of amazing Marlborough produce is the home - literally - of honey producers J Bush & Sons, who have made local honey for 100 years. Only the locals know that you can fill your own containers straight from their vats, once you locate their wonderfully original pack-house at the end of an overgrown driveway. Expect to find friendly beekeepers full of knowledge who are always keen to share information as they pour golden honey from the tap for you.

Come summer, Hedgerows Hydroponic Strawberries is a must-go, where you will have no trouble spotting the huge, luscious red berries growing within the glasshouses before you even park the car. Hedgerows’ stall, open all summer, is small and friendly and the strawberries picked daily - plus they sell real fruit ice cream too.

And what goes better with strawberries than bubbles? Luckily, Marlborough Lodge is smack bang in the middle of the region’s wine country, so there’s plenty of options to pair your punnet of fresh red goodness with.

One of those options is just a short drive or bike ride from Marlborough Lodge: Methode traditionelle Champagne makers, No1 Family Estate, where the Le Brun family have an impressive 12 generations of Champagne making behind them.

But back to the fruit which in Marlborough grows aplenty, and not just the grapes. Best of all, in many cases you can pick your own, from cherries to raspberries or blackberries - just ask Marlborough Lodge’s staff to point you in the direction of the nearest orchard.

There are many more local secrets than can ever be mentioned here, but we can’t give all of them away now can we, you'll have to come and discover a few of your own to share with us…

 

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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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