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Marlborough
 
   
 
The Marlborough Region is situated at the top north-eastern corner of the South Island. It includes the city of Blenheim and the seaport town of Picton situated at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound. Picton is the transit point for ferries between the North and South Islands of New Zealand and also the starting point of the spectacular Tranzcoastal train to Christchurch. You may also transfer by water taxi or launch to one of the many bays along the Queen Charlotte Track walkway.

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  Marlborough is sheltered by nearby hills and mountains and basks in year-round sunshine, providing perfect conditions for walking, mountain biking, sea kayaking, scenic boat cruising, sailing and vineyard explorations. Outdoor adventures abound but you can also mix this up with arts and crafts, garden tours and history.
The Queen Charlotte track winds through 71 kilometres of native forest, along ridges and beside idyllic coves. Options range from a three hour bush walk to a four day hike. 
     
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  With the country's largest area of vineyards, Marlborough's major attraction is vineyard visits, wine tasting and cafes. To the north, the sheltered, valleys of the Marlborough Sounds are a boating and fishing paradise.
The quaint waterfront village of Picton is the starting point for an idyllic marine playground, indented with many secluded coves, pristine beaches and sheltered waterways. With 1500 km of shoreline, Marlborough offers unlimited opportunities for cruising, sailing, diving and fishing.
One of Marlborough's most scenic hikes is the 71 km Queen Charlotte walk, a combination of both forest and coastal scenery and this can be accessed easily from Picton by water-taxi or launch. There are numerous trips to the outer sounds and islands offered by several launch operators where native forest and wildlife are plentiful.
Closer to Blenheim, the Wither Hills Farm Park has a network of trails affording expansive views. On the northern side of the Wairau Valley, Mt Richmond Forest Park is also popular for hiking.
     
To get there



  Visitors may fly direct to Blenheim, Marlborough's main town, or take the ferries from Wellington to Picton, the local port in Queen Charlotte Sound. The driving time from Picton to Kaikoura is 2 hours, 15 minutes and Kaikoura to Christchurch is 2 hours, 30 minutes. Picton to Nelson is 2 hours, 10 minutes.

     

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