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Calling all lovers of food and wine, here is a few ideas to get your holiday plans started when visiting Marlborough.
DAY 1: Wine Country
Start your day exploring a selection of over 30 cellar doors on a tour of Marlborough’s wine trail. Compare wines from throughout the region, learn about the history of wine in Marlborough and visit boutique family producers as well as recognised international brands.
Indulge in a leisurely lunch at a vineyard restaurant, and pair the wine with fresh local produce to create the ultimate match made in Marlborough.
For those who are wanting something more active, join a wine tour by bike and cycle your way around the Marlborough wine region.
Relax that evening in a local hotel or motel, or one of the many boutique B&B's or vineyard cottages dotted throughout the wine region.
DAY 2: Hidden Surprises
Spend the morning visiting some of Marlborough’s boutique food producers. Sample their delicious products, whether it be olive oil, hazelnuts, herbs, award-winning cheeses or summer fruits – there is sure to be something to delight. Enjoy lunch at your choice of vineyard restaurants, or a cafe or restaurant in Blenheim before spending the afternoon learning how to blend a fine wine, the choices are endless.
Alternatively, explore the Marlborough Sounds on a seafood cruise. Visit a King Salmon farm, learn about mussel farming and sample the freshest of salmon and mussels matched with a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Opt to stay in a waterside resort or holiday house in the Marlborough Sounds, or relax at one of many accommodations in Picton or Havelock.
NOTE: Seafood cruises are available from Picton or Havelock.
DAY 3: Options Galore
Continuing on the food and wine theme and explore more of Marlborough’s wineries, comparing flavours of the same varietal from across the region. If you're in Marlborough on a Sunday, don’t miss the Farmers’ Market for a collection of produce from throughout the region. In the heart of the wine region you'll also discover a luxurious chocolate factory, with the most amazing selection of sweet treats.
Further on, be sure to stop at The Vines Village, home to a collection of boutique stores and family friendly acticvities. If a break from food and wine is needed, visit local gardens and artists’ studios, or be inspired by the heroes of WWI and WW2 aviation at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre made possible by film director Sir Peter Jackson’s Wingnut Films and Weta Workshop.
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