Nelson / Marlborough

At the top of the South Island the Marlborough Sounds are the gateway to the larger, spectacularly beautiful, less densely populated island of New Zealand. The Sounds are a maze of coves, islands and peninsulas. Walk or cycle the 71km Queen Charlotte Track or explore this region internationally renowned for its fine wines, most particularly Sauvignon Blanc grown around the charming town of Blenheim,stay in a Luxury Vineyard Lodge. Terrain varies from rugged mountain ranges to vast fertile plains with viticulture,farming and aquaculture the basis of the economy. Special mention must be made of the Omaka Aviation Museum.

The enviable climate of the neighbouring Nelson region with its sheltered coastline, sandy beaches and contrasting rugged mountains makes it an extremely desirable destination with a  range of boutique accommodation including grand historic homes and exclusive bed and breakfasts and luxury fishing lodges. With three National Parks within 90 minutes of Nelson City and boasting the honour of the centre point of New Zealand, a 20-30 minute walk from the city centre. Nelson has many claims to fame, including being the site of the first rugby game in New Zealand. A well established wine industry and many artists and craftspeople add an extra dimension
For whale watching and a high country luxury conservation experience head to Kaikoura, south along the east coast of the island.

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Activities

Dolphin Encounter

Swimming with the dusky dolphins or watching them from the comfort of the boat is a “must do” activity while visiting Kaikoura.  Tours operate all year round and all equipment for snorkelling with the dolphins is provided.  Check our website for details.

Phone: 0800 733 365    Address: 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura,    www.dolphinencounter.co.nz/kaikoura/

Albatross Encounter

Kaikoura is a seabird mecca with a diverse array of species to view all year round.  Up close encounters of albatross. mollymawks, petrels, shearwaters, penguins and more.  Check our website for latest sightings and more information. 

Phone: 0800 733 365    Address: 96 Esplanade, Kaikoura,    www.albatrossencounter.co.nz/albatross/

Lawson's Dry Hills

Our philosophy is a simple one - To produce premium Marlborough wines of great character, quality and varietal expression.The Cellar Door offers casual & informative winetasting, wine sales and winery tours 7 days 10am-5pm.

Phone: 03 578 7674    Address: Alabama Road, Blenheim, New Zealand    www.lawsonsdryhills.co.nz

Skydive Abel Tasman

Phone: 03 528 4091    Address: Hanger 1, 16 College Street, Motueka. Freephone 0800 422 899    www.skydive.co.nz

Encounter Kaikoura

Address: Kaikoura    

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre has an international reputation as one of the best-displayed aviation museums in the world. You need only hear the name Sir Peter Jackson to guess why. Open 7 days, 10am-5pm. Visitors can either self-tour or enjoy the rich stories offered by our knowledgeable guides.

Phone: 03 5791305    Address: Blenheim    www.omaka.org.nz

Queen Charlotte Sound Walkway

Address: Marlborough Sounds    

Wine Tour Operators (2 In The Area)

Address: Marlborough Sounds    

Chocolate Factory

Address: Marlborough Sounds    

Sea Kayaking

Address: Marlborough Sounds    

Woollasten Estates

Address: Nelson    

Cable Bay Kayaks

Address: Nelson    

The Free House

Address: Nelson    

Restaurants

Foredeck Restaurant

Phone: 03 579 9771    Address: Bay of Many Coves, Queen Charlotte Sounds    www.bayofmanycoves.co.nz

The Orangerie

Phone: 03 547 8233    Address: 6 Point Road, Stoke, Nelson    www.monacoresort.co.nz/orangerie

Raupo

Address: Blenheim    

Accent Restaurant

Address: Blenheim    

Slip Inn Havelock Cafe

Address: Marlborough Sounds    

The Alpine Lodge Cafe

Address: Nelson    

Nelson Lakes

Address: Nelson    

Anchor Bar & Grill

Address: Nelson    

The Boathouse Nelson

Address: Nelson    

Harbour Light Bistro

Address: Nelson    

Hopgoods

Address: Nelson    

Cafe / Takeaways

Sublime Coffee

Address: Nelson    

Zumos Coffee House

Address: Nelson    

The Sands Fish & Chips

Address: Nelson    

Haven Fish & Chips

Address: Nelson    

Lambrettas

Address: Nelson    

Shopping

Jens Hansen Gold and Silversmith

Phone: 03 5480640    Address: 320 Trafalgar Square, Nelson, New Zealand    www.jenshansen.com

Other

Sprig and Fern Brewery

Phone: 03 5448675    Address: 53 Beach Road, Richmond Nelson 7020    www.sprigandfern.co.nz

ABEL TASMAN

BLENHEIM

KAIKOURA

NELSON

PICTON

SOUTH ISLAND

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