For discerning travellers, these Purely Marlborough packaged holidays offers the best of Marlborough wine and the Marlborough Sounds – luxury accommodation, wine tasting tour, mussel cruise, gourmet guided walk.
Packages commence from your arrival into Marlborough be it by air, road, rail or ferry. Transfer can be arranged from all the above to your accommodation – either Marlborough Vintners Hotel located around 10 minutes drive from Blenheim in the Marlborough wine region OR Bay of Many Coves Resort, located in Queen Charlotte Sound around 20 minutes by water taxi from Picton. We arrange everything to take ensure you can completely relax and unwind from the time you arrive until the day you depart . . .
Features one night’s accommodation in a luxury suite at Marlborough Vintners Hotel;
Two night’s accommodation in a luxury apartment at the Bay of Many Coves Resort in the Marlborough Sounds.
Arrive Marlborough and check in to Marlborough Vintners Hotel. From the moment you arrive until the moment you reluctantly take your leave, the ambience of Marlborough Vintners Hotel will wash over you like a refreshing, summer shower. Delicious wine and food, decadent accommodation, delightful people, views to die for, full conference facilities and all perfectly placed on Rapaura’s golden mile of vineyards with world-class wineries within walking or cycling distance. This is truly a retreat among the vines. It's a great place from which to start and finish a leisurely cycle ride through nearby vineyards and picturesque country lanes along the Renwick Cycle Route… pack a picnic, get out and about to experience first hand the laid-back lifestyle enjoyed by the people of Marlborough.
Today experience the three icons of Marlborough – Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the Marlborough Sounds and Marlborough Mussels - with Marlborough Travel's unique 'Icons' Tour.
Visit two of Marlborough’s icon wineries in the morning to sample the award winning wines of Marlborough. Then depart the wine region for the short drive (30 minutes) through to the Havelock Marina. Enjoy a nice lunch right on the waterfront at the Slip Inn Café (lunch at own cost). Depart Havelock on the Marlborough Travel launch for a cruise through the Marlborough Sounds. Take in the natural beauty of the native bush and the tranquility of the Sounds. Learn from your experienced skipper the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the history of the pioneering families who have settled in the Sounds over 6 generations. Visit a Greenshell™ Mussel farm and learn the intricacies of growing this delicacy in the Sounds. Taste a personal favourite – freshly steamed mussels matched perfectly to a complimentary glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
On completion of your day's activities you will transfer to Picton for your departure to the Bay of Many Coves Resort.
Bay of Many Coves Resort, a luxury accommodation resort, is an exceptional destination for exceptional travellers. Relax in a spacious hillside apartment with uninterrupted views from your private balcony to the blue waters and native bush clad hills. Dine at the restaurant, swim in our fresh water all-seasons pool, be pampered by our massage therapist, fish from a dinghy, enjoy a short bush walk round the bay, or read the papers over coffee at the café. We offer an exclusive retreat in Marlborough, the heart of New Zealand's finest wine growing country, a playground for sailing, fishing, walking and kayaking in an unspoilt natural environment.
Today you are treated to a One Day Gourmet Guided Walk & Wildlife Tour with Wilderness Guides
This includes gourmet lunch and a knowledgeable local guide who will attend to every need as well as provide full interpretation on the area. Your day begins with a cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound to Ship Cove, a scenic and historic reserve and the start of the Queen Charlotte Track. Learn about the fascinating marine life of this area along the way and perhaps see dolphins as well! Ship Cove was a favourite anchorage for European explorer Captain James Cook and has an important place in New Zealand's history. Experience virgin native forest at its best plus stunning views on today's walk towards Endeavour Inlet as your guide points out native birds, forest plants and shares the European and pre-European stories of this fascinating area with you. This day is regarded as the premier section of the track with many beautiful views to be had across the Marlborough Sounds.
NB. Walk options range from two to five hours in length.
Return to the Bay of Many Coves Resort for the evening.
Depart Bay of Many Coves Resort this morning and continue with your onward connections.
$3510.00 (Total cost for two people)
Valid until 31/3/13
One night’s accommodation in a Suite at Marlborough Vintners Hotel;
Two nights accommodation in a luxury apartment at the Bay of Many Coves Resort;
Three course Dinner each night, breakfast & all transfers;
Plus “Marlborough Icons Tour “ with Marlborough Travel;
And a “One Day Gourmet Guided Walk & Wildlife Tour” with Wilderness Guides.