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.