The Marlborough Lodge, Marlborough Sound, New Zealand
Based at the top of the South Island of New Zealand, Marlborough is a sunny treasure trove of wineries, hiking trails, cycling tours and spectacular waterfront landscape. With dozens of wineries specializing in Sauvignon Blanc, Marlborough has risen as a world-class producer of wine and is travel destination in its own right. Embark on a sunset hike, enjoy a boat tour of the region’s coast, or take in a country drive to explore the local wine trail—in Marlborough there is an outdoor activity for every traveler, a restaurant for every foodie and a breathtaking vista around every corner.
Nestled in the outskirts of Blenheim (population 30,000), find The Marlborough Lodge, complete with charming Victorian architecture, farm-to-table gourmet dining and timeless luxury accommodations. The estate, built in 1901, features acres of greenery including gardens, a winery, tennis and pool.
History enthusiasts will enjoy learning about the property, which was built from native timbers including Matai, Rimu and Kauri. Among the exquisite architectural masterpieces is the carved staircase in the main building, built entirely from Karui, a native tree known for its strength and often used in building boats.
In-house chefs of the Lodge specialize in cuisine based on local produce and seasonal offerings, served across several indoor and outdoor dining venues. Guests can enjoy a lodge-style dinner or lunch in the sunny courtyard—whatever strikes the fancy that day. Wine pairings from local producers can be recommended by the Lodge’s sommelier.
Elegant, yet contemporary, The Marlborough Lodge is also perfectly situated as a base for traversing the region—on foot, by boat, by car or by bike. Local cycling tours of all levels appeal to experienced riders as well as casual explorers. Hiking and walking trails include the Queen Charlotte Track through the local bush and serve as a way to take in the New Zealand landscape on foot. Chauffeured wine trail tours are also available daily.
For seafood aficionados, the region’s fine dining establishments offer local catches straight from the waters of the Marlborough Sounds. A day trip via boat to D’Urville Island in Catherine Cove provides a place to relax and recharge. Shopping destinations feature locally-grown produce including saffron, pinenuts, hazelnuts, honey, olives, chocolates, garlic and sea salt. History and nature are plentiful in this one-stop New Zealand destination.