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Marlborough is probably most familiar to drinkers of crisp Sauvignon Blancs or smooth Pinot Noirs, but as well as the world class vineyards Marlborough is where you’ll find the spectacular fjord-like region of the Marlborough Sounds, and Kaikoura, known for its whale and dolphin watching cruises. The best places to stay in Marlborourgh range from tranquil lodges amongst the vines, to resorts perched right on the edge of the Sounds. But where ever you stay this is a wonderful region to explore.

The Marlborough Sounds were once deep valleys, flooded after the last ice age, which is why their shorelines are so dramatically jagged, and interspersed with beaches, inlets, headlands and peaks.

Picton is thought of by many as the gateway to the South Island, but it’s also the best place to land if you want to explore the Marlborough Sounds or walk the Queen Charlotte Track. In summer the ferries are very busy and this is a lively little centre, with plenty to do if you have a few more days to spare on either side of your walk or cruise, including a maritime museum and an aquarium.

If you’re travelling to Marlborough to explore the wine region you’ll probably stay near, or at least pass through, Blenheim. It’s not far from Picton, around 29kms south, and sits between several hills and ranges. As well as being in the heart of wine country, and home of the Cloudy Bay, Saint Clair and Clos Henri estates and cellar doors, Blenheim has several museums and an art gallery.

The whole region is an extremely popular destination year round. So if you're looking to book one of the best places to stay in Marlborough don't leave it till the last minute - you might be disappointed!

Best Places to Stay in Marlborough

For something special

  • The Bay of Many Coves Resort is a private, tranquil ecolodge with eleven rooms and apartments. Some rooms have huge decks or floor to ceiling windows, to take advantage of the fantastic views over the bay. There’s also a private jetty, fine dining restaurant and an outdoor pool and hot tub.

For getting away from it all

  • The wonderfully named No Road Inn actually has no road in, you can only reach the four room lodge by water taxi, or by foot - this lodge makes a wonderful first night’s stay for walkers on the Queen Charlotte Track. Rooms are light and airy, with private outdoor decks, and there’s an outdoor hot tub, a native forest garden and a good little restaurant.
  • The Antares Homestay has two self contained ‘cottages’, both with a kitchen, living room and two bedrooms. You’re right in the heart of Marlborough wine country, close to the Wairau River, which is a great spot for fishing or birdwatching.
  • Pine Hill Lodge has two beautiful, boutique style rooms, and an outdoor hot tub with views out onto the lodge’s orchards, olive groves and walnut trees. You’re also close to the Tasman Great Taste Trail, so this is a great spot for foodies.

For great value

  • The Portage Resort offers a range of accommodation to suit a range of budgets, including several options less than £100 per night. Rooms are modern and light, some with private balconies and the whole resort has spectacular views to Kenepuru Sound. There’s also an outdoor pool and gardens and a seafood restaurant.

For boutique chic

  • The two room Marlborough B&B is a charming little B&B right in amongst wine country, which also has a self catering cottage. The house and cottage are set on seven acres, which support a walnut grove, a few cattle and some free range chicken. Peaceful and perfect for birdwatchers.
  • Just outside Picton, convenient for the Queen Charlotte Track and the Marlborough Sounds, McCormick House is a charming, six room B&B set amongst lush grounds. Individually designed rooms feature luxurious linens and handcrafted furniture.
  • Escape to Picton is a lively three room boutique hotel right on Picton’s waterfront. Rooms are neutrally decorated, but romantic, with nice features like wooden floors and freestanding baths. There’s also an excellent seafood restaurant.

For relaxation

  • Vintners Retreat offers luxurious cottage accommodation in amongst the Marlborough vines. Each cottage has its own kitchen, laundry, living room, patio and BBQ. There’s also a swimming pool and tennis courts on sight.
  • Lake Timara Lodge is a luxurious lodge with an English country house feel. There are just four rooms, decorated with antiques and bright wallpaper, plus a pool, tennis court, excellent wine cellar and five acres of beautiful, fragrant gardens.

Still not sure which to book? Browse through our list of all the best places to stay in Marlborough, or contact one of our friendly Gurus for advice. Or you can extend your search and look at all our South Island recommendations.

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  • Chateau Marlborough

    Blenheim, Marlborough

    Luxury hotel in central Blenheim with bright, contemporary and chic rooms all featuring separate kitchenettes. Larger suites have full kitchen and laundry facilities. Glorious outdoor swimming pool with fun bar, restaurant and views over Seymour Square gardens.

    45 rooms from $113
    Sights nearby  -  2 minutes walk from the centre of Blenheim
    Swimming Pool  -  Heated outdoor pool with poolside bar
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Trail
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • Botanica B&B

    Blenheim, Marlborough

    Boutique B&B in Blenheim town, the heart of Marlborough wine region. Two suites set around award-winning garden with comfy beds, fun d├ęcor and laundry facilities. Free transfers to airport, bus and train stations. Delicious local and organic breakfast included.

    2 rooms from $118
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlottle Track
    Sights nearby  -  Omaka Aviation Museum
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Hideaway  -  Tranquil and intimate.
  • The Portage Resort


    Range of accommodation options to suit varying budgets. Rooms modern, bright and some have private balconies. Great views to Kenepuru Sound. With an outdoor swimming pool, spa, gardens and restaurant specialising in seafood. Family friendly.

    41 rooms from $122
    Views  -  Views of Kenepuru Sound
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track
    Sailing  -  On Kenepuru Sound
  • Hotel D'Urville


    1920s art deco style boutique hotel in Blenheim with 11 stylish and unique rooms, each with individual themes from classic to retro. Four poster beds, original art works and free wifi. Great restaurant and cocktail bar. An ideal base for exploring the Marlborough wineries.

    11 rooms from $128
    Four poster beds  -  For romantics.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Recommended by  -  Fodors
  • Sennen House


    Historic homestead built in 1886 now boutique accommodation in Picton. Large four poster beds, original NZ artworks and elegant furnishings. Formal gardens and Queen Elizabeth II National Trust protected native forest to the rear. Walking distance to restaurants and Queen Charlotte Track.

    3 rooms from $141
    Views  -  Views across the grounds to Picton, Victoria Domain and the hills
    Sights nearby  -  Great base for exploring the Marlborough region
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track
    Back to Nature
  • Raetihi Lodge


    Luxury lodge on Kenepuru Sound in the Marlborough region. Rooms are chic, modern and comfortable with sea, garden and hill views. Waterfront restaurant, free fishing rods and kayaks for exploring the sounds. Close to golf course, Queen Charlotte Track and wineries. For a relaxing country escape.

    14 rooms from $143
    Kayaking  -  Two double and three single kayaks are available for guests to borrow
    Great walks  -  On either the Queen Charlotte or Nydia Tracks
    Fishing  -  Complimentary fishing rods to borrow.
    Views  -  Sea, garden and hill views
  • Marlborough B&B

    Blenheim, Marlborough

    Friendly, comfortable, clean, spacious and charming boutique B&B in Marlborough wine country. Contained cottage also available with kitchen facilities. On seven acres with walnut grove, free range chickens and cattle. Fresh daily breakfast.

    2 rooms from $154
    Birdwatching  -  Local birdlife - pukeko, tui, ducks, herons, pheasants, fantails, bellbirds, magpies and morepork
    Local markets  -  Good for local colour.
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
  • Antares Homestay


    Two self-contained accommodation options, each with a kitchen, living area and two bedrooms. In the famous Marlborough wine region and close to Wairau River for great fishing and birdwatching. Friendly hosts, private, peaceful and good value.

    from $157
    Sights nearby  -  Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, Marlborough Museum
    Views  -  Over vineyards to Wither Hills and Richmond Ranges
    Birdwatching  -  Rare black-fronted tern and black-billed gull
    Outstanding location  -  Close to braided Wairau River
  • McCormick House

    Picton, Marlborough

    Charming boutique B&B just outside Picton. Individually designed rooms feature luxury linens & handcrafted furniture. Lush half acre gardens. Ideal for a peaceful break, but equally a great base for enjoying all the activities on offer in the Marlborough Sounds.

    6 rooms from $181
    Quirky  -  Individual features in each room
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track
    Sailing  -  Can be booked nearby.
    Back to Nature
  • No Road Inn

    Malborough Sounds, Marlborough

    Accessible only by water taxi, helicopter or on foot, this lodge is the first night's stay along the Queen Charlotte Track. Light and airy rooms with private outdoor decks, showers and free standing baths. With an outdoor hot tub, native forest garden, restaurant and wifi. Luxury in the wilderness.

    4 rooms from $240
    Great walks  -  On the Queen Charlotte Hiking Track
    Outstanding location  -  Situated on the Queen Charlotte Track
    Birdwatching  -  Motuara Island bird sanctuary
    Views  -  Bush and waterfront views
  • Antria Boutique Lodge

    Blenheim, Marlborough

    Charming boutique lodge consisting of two suites with high timber ceilings and quirky, contemporary local art. Friendly hosts offer tailored tours of the area. Within walking distance to restaurants and wineries. Garden with chickens, pigs and sheep. Great for a weekend break.

    2 rooms from $247
    Local markets  -  Marlborough Farmers Market (seasonal)
    Sailing  -  Boat trips in the Marlborough sounds
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
  • Escape to Picton

    Picton, Marlborough

    Fun & lively boutique hotel on Picton's waterfront. Romantic rooms decorated in a neutral palette with opulent accessories including chandeliers, wooden floors and free standing baths. Highly acclaimed on site restaurant for local seafood & more. Great base for exploring Marlborough region.

    3 rooms from $247
    Sights nearby  -  Two minutes to the town centre
    Views  -  Overlooking Picton Marina
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track
    Restrictions on children
  • Vintners Retreat


    Luxury accommodation in Marlborough vines. Self catering cottages with kitchen, laundry, living area and outdoor patio with BBQ. Swimming pool and tennis court on site. Ideal for wine tours and trips to local beaches.

    from $272
    Swimming Pool  -  Outdoor
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
  • Old Saint Mary's Convent

    Blenheim, Marlborough

    Heritage hotel with fascinating religious history set in 60 acres of vines, park-like gardens and olive groves. Five suites with modern amenities, antique furnishings, rimu panelling and stained glass windows. Plus an outdoor pool and private chapel. Full of character and charm.

    5 rooms from $375
    Views  -  Of surrounding vineyards, gardens and Richmond Ranges
    Quirky  -  Small family of cats lives on property
    Sights nearby  -  Omake Aviation Heritage Centre
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track
  • Bay of Many Coves Resort

    Picton, Marlborough

    Tranquil and private luxury eco resort with spacious, elegant rooms & apartments. Outdoor decks & huge picture windows make the most of fantastic views over the bay. With a fine dining restaurant, private jetty, hot tub and outdoor swimming pool. Dolphin spotting and great walks nearby.

    11 rooms from $425
    Kayaking  -  Borrow a Sea Kayak or Dinghy for exploring Marlborough Sounds
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track and 50 acres of private bush to explore
    Birdwatching  -  Species include Kereru, Tui and Weka
    Remote  -  Only accessible by water or air
    Recommended by  -  Small Luxury Hotels
  • Lake Timara Lodge


    Luxury lodge with English country house feel in the heart of NZ's Marlborough wine region. Rooms with antique furnishings, bright wall paper, comfy double beds and seating areas. With a swimming pool, 5 acre garden with deliciously scented roses, tennis court and private wine cellar. Just charming.

    4 rooms from $438
    Birdwatching  -  Native wood pigeons, black swans, teal, geese, ducks
    Great walks  -  Queen Charlotte Track
    Fishing  -  Excellent fishing nearby.
    Swimming Pool  -  Indoor/outdoor

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