Regarded as New Zealand's sunniest province, Marlborough is an area of great natural beauty, which lies in the north-eastern corner of New Zealand's South Island. The landscape is diverse, stretching from the sheltered waterways of the Marlborough Sounds in the north down to Kaikoura in the south, where snow-capped mountains meet the sea.
The province is home to an expanding number of successful wine companies - accounting for over 50% of New Zealand's total wine production. It has a developing gourmet food industry, as well as forestry, horticulture, marine and pastoral farming. All of which thrive in Marlborough's temperate climate.
Perfect for outdoor activities, the region is a popular tourist destination. There is a huge variety of scenic and recreational attractions including wine tasting and tours, swimming with dolphins, whale watching, fishing, diving, wild life tours, water skiing, horse trekking, tramping, kayaking and boating in the Marlborough Sounds. In winter the Mt Lyford Ski Field, inland from Kaikoura, offers both novices and experienced skiers alike the opportunity to enjoy the mountain slopes.
Sounds Air flyies into Picton Airport, just 10 minutes from the Picton township. Picton is a bustling and vibrant seaside town on the edge of the Marlborough Sounds. Trendy cafes line the palm fringed waterfront with spectacular views over the deep blue waters of the Marlborough Sounds. The waterfront promenade is home to many tourism companies that offer exciting trips into the Marlborough Sounds and the wineries of Marlborough. The Sounds Air Booking Office is conveniently located in this area, at the historic Picton Station. The port of Picton has a brand new purpose built marina housing an impressive array of yachts and launches. Picton offers a wide variety of accommodation types with interesting restaurants and boutique shopping.
Discover the creative paradise that is Nelson – an irresistible blend of lifestyle and stunning landscape at the top northwest corner of the South Island. From the northern edge of the Southern Alps across the fertile plains and out to a great sweep of beaches, our place is beautifully laid out under a generous sun that delivers New Zealand’s highest sunshine hours. Discover the diverse landscapes in each of these areas.
Nelson is one of the foremost destinations in New Zealand for exploring the outdoors, stretching from the foothills of the Maitai Valley to the shores of Tasman Bay. The crystal clear Maitai River flows through the city and its path to the sea can be followed via a scenic walkway. Other highlights include Nelson's Queens Gardens, Tahunanui Beach, Cable Bay, Christ Church Cathedral, and the rivers and picnic spots surrounding Richmond.
Nelson and Richmond are a paradise for lovers of coffee and fine art with its numerous galleries and street cafes. Enjoy the year-round sunshine, fine local wines, abundant seafood, and a relaxed holiday atmosphere. Take a walk down a heritage trail, drive out to Richmond for a laidback shopping experience, or perhaps indulge in a glass of the region's finest wines in the vineyards just beyond the centre of Richmond.
Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and home to the seat of parliament. But this vibrant and dynamic city also has many other capital claims including Culture capital, Creative capital and Events capital.
Wellington is home to most national theatre, dance and perfomance companies, as well as the national museum, archives and library. As a result there's something on almost every night in Wellington - from pacific inspiration to local and international perfomances.
Just 40 minutes from central Wellington, the Kapiti Coast, offers 40 kilometres of fabulous New Zealand beaches, breath-taking views out to Kapiti Island, and over 1000 kilometres of family-friendly cycling and walking tracks.
Kapiti Island is an internationally recognised nature reserve protecting some of the world’s rarest and most endangered birds in New Zealand.
The Otaki and Waikanae Rivers run through a diverse landscape of regenerating native bush, mature forest, and coastal sand dunes before entering the Tasman Sea - both provide visitors with a rich set of outdoor adventures in addition to our beach environment.
From Paekakariki in the south to Otaki in the north, the Coast is a great place to ‘run away for the weekend’ and ‘hang out’ in a relaxed coastal setting where you can enjoy beach, bush and river walks, cycling, swimming and fishing.
The Coastal villages: Paekakariki, Raumati Beach, Paraparaumu, Peka Peka, Te Horo, Waikanae and Otaki all offer a relaxed friendly day out, weekend away or stop-off for travellers going both north and south. All the villages have a range of accommodation options, great cafés, beach-side shops, galleries and heritage museums for you to enjoy.