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. 

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What our customers say

Wonderful Surprise. My husband booked us here as a treat whilst traveling around the area. It was a truly lovely stay. We wish we booked longer! The staff is brilliant and friendly - always smiling and quick to offer anything we might have needed. The property - WOW! It is incredibly well cared for and decorated to be current whilst maintaining the integrity and the history of the building (a challenge few people get spot on - they do!) . We will surely be back - hopefully when it is warmer so we can take advantage of the pool and more outdoor activities. Still well worth the stay in the offseason - the wineries are still open in June!

Ellie Z

My dad and I stayed here for 4 nights, actually it was so good, we extended! From the rooms, to breakfast and dinner, to the grounds and staff, the lodge exceeds even the most distinguished expectations! I have stayed in the best hotels around the world, but The Marlborough Lodge is without hesitation one of those places where you will always remember every detail because they exceeded in every category! Can't wait to return!

ThomasNY

It was a typically crisp Autumn evening so we started with a glass of bubbles and delicious canapés beside the huge outdoor fire. We could just as easily have settled into the comfy sofas inside the chapel, now transformed into a cosy space for pre-dinner drinks, wine tastings, and browsing a range of beautiful NZ-made gifts. This was not our first visit to The Marlborough Lodge, but the first since the change of guard the kitchen. The menu changes daily and is a showcase of local produce with a touch of European flair. Portions are generous and our plates were bare when they returned to the kitchen. That says it all. The Lodge effortlessly combines elegance with comfort and under Karen's stewardship the staff are efficient and friendly and knowledgeable too. We locals are lucky to have a place of this calibre on our doorstep, visitors who stay here are just lucky.

Donna M

Extraordinary luxury hotel. This hotel simply could not be improved upon! The building is lovely with an effortlessly elegant decor. We had a large suite with a second room for our son, separated by a huge bathroom. The room was perfect, with just the right amount of flair and panache without feeling overdone. Our bed was extremely comfortable and the linens were fantastic. The whole property has several wrap around porches, which are great for sitting outside and taking in the stunning views of the property, including a small vineyard. The setting is so serene — you are minutes from the local wineries and restaurants but you feel completely away from everything. We went on a tour with the gardener, who showed us the chickens (fresh eggs for breakfast every day!) and beautiful stream and plants. There are lots of citrus trees and gardens on the grounds. In the evenings, we enjoyed canapés and wine in a small chapel on the property, next to a roaring fire. And the food was delicious throughout! We enjoyed our evening dinners immensely and also had very tasty breakfasts, including local preserves and fresh juice. The staff was super friendly and made all of us, including our 8-year old son, feel so welcome. The manager was wonderful and made sure we all felt special. I would highly recommend this location.

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