Getting to know us in Marlborough New Zealand

Marlboroughs Top 5 Highlights

YOUR DESTINATION TO PARADISE - a region full of surprises

We may have lost the highest sunshine hours to Taranaki this season however Marlborough still shines bright most days to enjoy an array of pleasure and activities.

From Auckland to Bluff, New Zealand holds fascination for all that visit from around the World.
Have you seen all of your own backyard yet? Marlborough is right smack bang in the middle - The Gateway to the South 

 WINE! - Winter wine delights in Marlborough every day of the year. Why not Grab-a-seat with your friends and or family for a glorious day out. Have a spot of lunch with your favourite wine and wine taste your way around the Wine trail circuit in comfort without the worry of drink driving. Winter/Summer the days are fabulous - for our backyard of beauty and plenty of Vitamin D about for everyone.  

(2) GOURMET! - Relax in the Marlborough vines at some of our winery gardens and taste delicious top class chef specials, Laze about by the water and taste Marlborough's famous green-lip mussels and local salmon, Order a chauffeur wine gourmet picnic basket and enjoy Pelorus Bridge, Botanical Pollard Park, Forrest Winery lean back on a bean bag, sip an amazing Sav Blanc or Rose and Chauffeur special of that superb dessert wine in Appleby’s ice-cream. Cheese is a stop of fancy especially our Cranky Goat with the softest and tastiest cheese selection.

(3) SPECTACULAR SCENERY! – Breath-taking in every direction, pick a scenic tour and really get to know the Pacific Ocean beach walks, the Queen Charlotte Drive from Havelock stopping for fresh fish and chips, a bowl of delectable green-lip mussels or lazing by the fire in winter with a delicious red wine or Port.  Picton offers great cafes and shopping boutiques and a jaunt across to Lochmara for the underwater gallery and their eco-friendly sustainable programme. For wild-life lovers Kai Pupu for a native bush walk among the beech trees and manuka and the soft trailing tree ferns, not to mention the sound of the protected bird life.  Love animals? A stop at Smith Family Park or to catch the Karearea Falcon breeding house. 

(4) AMAZING LONG WEEKENDS! - Come to Marlborough and not only tour the wineries or visit Omaka Aviation Centre - secluded baches and holiday retreats on the waters edge or among the vines, or visit our talented artisans and check out our amazing veggies that are monstrous and full of flavours.  The largest eggs too and creamy fudge just to die for. Everything you need for your picnic basket or your stores for your long weekend in Marlborough. Don’t forget the wine and beer!  Take your short or long hiking experience around the Bays of Queen Charlotte and DOC it or RESORT it for 2 hours up to 3 days.

(*) COMING SOON! A Queen Charlotte three to five day stay at a new venue and private seclusion in a secluded bay with wharf, watercraft and be delivered in royal style in the new 18 metre Cruiser for your comfort with bubbly option. Watch this Blog Space for more news.  You will need to book well in advance for the summer months.
Honeymooners, and groups will be welcomed. Manager and bar on site.

(5) DAY TRIP RETREATS! - Grab a picnic for Pelorus and relax in the sun on the rocks, or swim in the crystal clear pools, even in winter the bush walks and the get-away feeling of becoming part of nature or lets have a winter paradise day trip and indulge in a hot spa overlooking the Howard Valley and river, a platter of local bites for lunch and yes of course a glass of wine to compliment. If you like to get your oxygen flowing, a small walk down to the river or around St Arnaud or up to Mount Robert for spectacular views of the lake and be so proud we have Marlborough and everywhere in New Zealand is the gateway to the soul.

marlborough sunset over queen charlotte sound

No matter the landscape, there is always a glass of wine, a soft mellow breeze and a story to tell of the day.
Your Local Chauffeur spent many days growing up and embracing The Queen Charlotte Sound.

The fishing, the swimming, the dolphins, the pet snapper in Double Bay, Endeavour Inlet so serene then with hardly anyone about.
The wash of the Inter-Islander Ferry wondering if you are going to beat the swell and not get scared. Then when it comes enjoy the uplifting experience of excitement.

The story Pamela likes to tell her guests on tour is the succulent Blue Cod caught, Dad making a beer batter, Mum cutting up the lemons and buttering the bread (Sorry it had to be white bread!)
Plates piled high with crispy and tantalising tastes of the deep blue cod.

Fishing for groper (occasinal fierce barracuda) around Long Island, and going ashore at Ships Cove for a picnic.
The private tracks behind Furneaux Lodge and around the Bays with the farm dog Jet - the singing birds and whisp of the leaves on the pathway. The sight of the water through the native bush.

No matter our age the memories remain and luckily it is still there for our visitors to enjoy.