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.