Ep24: Magical encounters in Marlborough


We enjoy some sound encounters in Queen Charlotte, highlight two great lodge stays, we  taste our way through wine country, plus we dabble in many of the other inviting indulgences to be found in Blenheim. Welcome to Marlborough.

Let’s begin our Marlborough adventures in the bustling port town of Picton, the great gateway to the Sounds. We tuck into Toastie Picton, admire the historic vessel Edwin Fox, hit the waters by sea kayak with Wilderness Guides and board the Mail Boat Cruise on Queen Charlotte Sound.

Queen Charlotte Sound Marlborough
Queen Charlotte Sound. Photo: Supplied

Fancy some bite-sized chunks of the Queen Charlotte Track? Aside from the full four-day traverse, the celebrated track affords some fabulous day-walk options. We showcase our favourite chunks and highlight two magnificent accommodation experiences at Furneaux Lodge and Punga Cove Resort. Book now for spring!

Punga Cove Resort, Marlborough
Punga Cove Resort, Marlborough. Photo: Supplied

Wine Country, here we come! Marlborough produces 75% of New Zealand’s wine with 85% of that being Sauvignon Blanc. Even if you’re not a fan of that variety, Marlborough caters to a wide palate, including Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris – plus some of the nation’s best bubbles! We discuss our favourite stops on the wine trail. Plus we sample Boom Town Brewing and Roots Marlborough Dry Gin!

Mail Boat Cruise, Queen Charlotte Sound. Photo: Supplied

Bites and sights in Blenheim. One place you must dine at in Blenheim is Gramado’s Restaurant and Bar. We tell you why. Plus we stake out some great gourmet pies and handcrafted chocolate.  But the biggest blockbuster in Blenheim is the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Mike and Andrew discuss the highlights.

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, Marlborough
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Photo: Supplied

From the sensory natural pleasures of the Marlborough Sounds to the cultural head-turners, wines, craft producers and dining heroes of Blenheim, plan a flavour-loaded fling with the Top of the South. Make your first port of call, the region’s official website.  https://marlboroughnz.com/

Picton Marina, New Zealand
Picton Marina. Photo: Mike Yardley
  • 00:52 Port town of Picton
  • 8:56 Walk the track - Queen Charlotte Sound
  • 16:55 Top Marlborough wines
  • 25:53 Top Blenheim eats and Omaka

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