Nelson & Marlborough

Overview

It was Marlborough’s Sauvignon Blanc that first put the region on the map. And since the 1980s, it has grown to be one of the most celebrated wine-producing areas in the world. Throw in quiet beaches, a handful of natural wonders and some lively towns and you have one of the country’s best-loved regions.

With more hours of sunshine than anywhere in the country, Marlborough’s idyllic vineyards recline in the shade of Richmond Range with wineries speckling the banks of the Wairau River. Most offer excellent tours, gourmet restaurants and even accommodation.

Earning its reputation as one of New Zealand’s prettiest regions, Marlborough drifts from rolling green to a sumptuous coast, with breathtaking natural attractions like the famous Marlborough Sounds. Deep, flooded valleys spread in a series of picture-perfect bays, tiny islands and rugged peninsulas.

A proportion of the Sounds are working farms due to the high concentration of salmon and mussels, and much of it can only be explored by water; the perfect excuse for a luxury eco boat tour. Mussel cruises offer the freshest sea food accompanied by Sauvignon Blanc as you relax on the water, and wildlife-spotting tours let you explore the hidden nooks and islet and look for the rare Hectors Dolphin.

A boat trip out to the remote Tui Nature Reserve includes a conservation tour on the reserve’s hectares of national trust land, where you can see endemic species such as the Blue Penguin and Fluttering Shearwaters. The reserve is packed with walking trails, charming little beaches and even accommodation lodges – it’s no wonder it’s considered a top 10 eco destination in the world.

The South Island’s oldest city, Nelson, is a popular destination for its picturesque location and pleasant climate. It’s handy for wine tours and close to a number of beaches, but you may want to spend some time in the city itself. A community of painters and artists have created a vibrant and infectious atmosphere that earns it a reputation as the jewel of the South.

Experience one of the top wine regions on the planet with a luxury tour of Marlborough. Using Lightfoot’s concierge-style service, you can design the perfect itinerary that is tailor-made for you.

Nelson & Marlborough Itineraries

Nelson & Marlborough Properties

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Atholwood

New Zealand, Nelson & Marlborough

Let the rest of the world melt away as you indulge in the comforts and elegance offered by Atholwood, a luxury country accommodation. Located in the heart of Nelson’s apple growing regi…

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Bronte Country Estate

New Zealand, Nelson & Marlborough

Bronte Country Estate is a luxury boutique hotel set in a delightful English-style garden on the shores of the Waimea Estuary, on the historic Bronte Peninsula. It is located between Nels…

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Edenhouse

New Zealand, Nelson & Marlborough

Situated in the Orinoco Valley, this luxury boutique hotel holds a prime position between Nelson and Abel Tasman at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. Set within 48 acres of private gr…

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Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco

New Zealand, Nelson & Marlborough

Set in delightful cottage gardens overlooking the Waimea Inlet in Nelson on the Monaco Peninsula, Grand Mercure Nelson Monaco is a unique boutique property offering superb accommodation and …

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Lake Timara Lodge

New Zealand, Nelson & Marlborough

This luxury boutique hotel is nestled within 25 acres of enchanting, English-style gardens on the shores of the lake. The property is situated in the heart of Marlborough, New Zealand’s fa…

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Stonefly Lodge

New Zealand, Nelson & Marlborough

Set in its own private forest on the banks of the Motueka River, not far from Nelson in New Zealand’s South Island, this exclusive and award-winning eco-lodge provides a unique and unforge…

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The Sounds Retreat

New Zealand, Nelson & Marlborough

The Sounds Retreat is situated at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, 85 kilometres from Nelson and Marlborough in New Zealand’s South Island. This award-winning luxury lodge offers warm …

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