Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough vineyard
Marlborough Sounds beach

The Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine-producing region and home to the Marloborough Sounds.

With vineyards stretch in every direction beneath the hills, the Sauvignon Blanc produced here is considered some of the finest in the world, so try some in Blenheim town.

For many overland travellers, the Marlborough Sounds are their first glimpse of the South Island. The huge maze of beaches and jagged area of islands, inlets, and sunken valleys offer scenic road trips, remote hikes, secluded beaches, gentle sea kayaking with different views at every turn. If you’re feeling adventurous, you can even dive a shipwreck in Port Gore.

Although not a national park, there are more than 50 reserves here. Some can be driven to — like the refreshing Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve — while others require a boat transfer, like Motuara Island.

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