Experiences

Marlborough and the top of New Zealand's South Island is a treasure trove of food, wine, arts, culture and scenery just waiting to be explored, and The Marlborough Lodge sits right in the heart of it all.

Take a look at what appeals to you and we can help you plan your itinerary whilst you're staying with us. Self drive or let us organise a guided tour with one of our excellent partners. Alternatively, if you wish to stay close to home, there is plenty happening at the Lodge everyday within the 16 acre estate.

Please contact us so that we can make your stay as enjoyable and fulfilling as possible:

[email protected] | +64 3 570 5770

 

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On Site Activities

On site activities available at The Marlborough Lodge

Wine

Marlborough is recognised as one of the premium wine regions of the world. It is New Zealand's leading and largest wine region producing 70% of all of New Zealand's wine.

Cruises

The Marlborough Sounds is made up of four distinctively different Sounds – Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru, Pelorus, and Mahau – the winding waterways and sheltered bays and the abundance of marine life and native flora make for great cruising whichever way you choose

Flights

Explore the hidden areas of the Marlborough Sounds, view the sights of the Wairau and Awatere Valleys, fly down the east coast to Kaikoura, experience the Able Tasman or perhaps take a trip to Wellington and visit TePapa.

Private Tours

We can create a bespoke tour of Marlborough and top of the South Island in a luxury vehicle with a driver/guide at a time and duration that suits you with an itinerary designed to cover your areas of interest.

Wellness at The Marlborough Lodge

Relax and unwind with a massage the ultimate afternoon treat

Swimming

New Zealand’s best dolphin swimming experience can be found in the shimmering, flat waters of the scenic Marlborough Sounds. Swimming with wild dolphins is a genuine bucket list activity

Kayak, Hiking, Mountain Bike

With 1500km of coastline to explore, stretching from just north of Kaikoura to the tip of D'Urville Island, the Marlborough Sounds is a truly remarkable sea kayaking, hiking and mountain biking destination.

Fishing

Excellent fly fishing can be had in the Marlborough region in the Wairau River which is a wide braided river with more than 140 klms of untamed fishing heaven in the upper and lower reaches.

Golf

Located among vineyards you’ll enjoy the scenery and course challenge when you play at Marlborough Golf Course, Fairhall, Blenheim - the region’s premier course.

Whale Watching

Giant Sperm Whales are the stars of the show along the Kaikoura coast and are year-round residents. May – August is the time of year to go looking for whales in the Cook Strait as it is the annual migration of the Baleen Species of Whales.

Ski

Rainbow Ski Area is high in the north of this great mountain chain within the world-famous Nelson/Marlborough lifestyle region.

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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

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.

CK107 – San Francisco

A must stay! This place is incredible - located on a great piece of property very close to the airport and has amazing views. It has great food and wine and the rooms and staff are great people. Outdoor fire place where they host pre dinner drinks every night - a must stay if you visit this area!

Mathew K – Bedminster, New Jersey

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