Blenheim claims to be the sunniest town in New Zealand, with an estimated
average of 2,430 hours of sunshine a year.
is an idea base for those who aim to follow the Marlborough Wine Trail.
Every year, on the second weekend in February, Blenheim hosts the Marlborough
Food & Wine Festival.
This colourful, slightly alternative town serves the local hops, apple,
pear and berry growers. It's also a base for hikers enroute to the walking
trails of the Abel Tasman and Kahurangi National Parks. You'll find many
interesting cafés and restaurants.
the Riwaka Resurgence the river emerges from a marble cave with crystal-clear
pools; perfect for swimming. Artists, painters, potters, sculptors, wood
turners, carvers and weavers are plentiful in the area.
The town of Murchison looks after the local farming community and provides
a base for adventure seekers. Accommodation options range from holiday parks
and hostels to motels and pub rooms. Have a go at trout fishing, or panning
for gold. You could discover a fortune – or at least catch breakfast!
a bike and go for a spin on the many long mountain biking trails. Go jet-boating
or white-water rafting on the Matakitaki, Mangles or Buller rivers.
The fourth largest urban centre in the South Island has a wealth of history
built around a bustling central township of cool cafés and restaurants.
Nelson's sense of taste extends beyond fine food and wine to a healthy fascination
with the arts.
the World of WearableArt & Collectable Car gallery. There's an amazing
collection of New Zealand art at the Suter Te Aratoi o Whakatu.
The quaint town of Picton is the entry point for most travellers to the
South Island. Situated in the heart of Queen Charlotte Sound, it is where
the Cook Strait ferries berth to disgorge trains, cars and travellers. The
Picton waterfront is dotted with cool cafés, restaurants and craft
a sea tour of the Sounds, go dolphin watching or hook up with a fishing
trip. Charter a yacht – with or without a skipper.
Richmond acts as a service centre for the rich stone-fruit and berry industries
that surround the region. There is also one of the leading microbreweries
in New Zealand, McCashin's Brewery, producing a line of premium ales from
locally-grown hops, malts and pure water to develop a range of distinctive
are many comfortable homestays and farm stays in the area.
Richmond is handy to many of the region's numerous attractions.
This small but ideally positioned town is great for travellers who want
to explore the Nelson Lakes National Park. You'll find a good choice of
accommodation – from campsites and backpacker lodges to log cabins
and well-appointed hotel rooms.
one-day walks in the Nelson Lakes National Park. Have a go at fishing for
a fat brown trout on Lake Rotoroa.