Marlborough is the gateway to the South Island and is accessible by ferry into Picton, by train from Christchurch, by air or road. Marlborough is well known for its fine wines, superb cuisine and beautiful weather.
Some great reasons for staying a few days with us here at Green Gables Bed and Breakfast:
- Marlborough is internationally known to be New Zealand’s largest grape–growing area. In addition to Sauvignon Blanc, the Wairau and Awatere Valleys also produce Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris and Gewürztraminer. Over 50 local wineries offer tastings of their superb wines.
- Marlborough is fortunate to have many fine cafes and restaurants classed within some of the best in New Zealand with internationally renowned chefs. Dine Marlborough
- Walk or mountain bike the Wither Hills and enjoy superb views across the Wairau Valley to Cloudy Bay. On a clear day you can see across to the North Island.
- The region is famous for the Marlborough Sounds with its sheltered bays and inlets ideal for cruising and fishing. Local reserves offer many walking tracks like the Queen Charlotte Track, Nydia track. Pelorus Track, Our Treasured Pathway and many other tracks and coastal paths.
- Blenheim is the heart of the Marlborough region offering art galleries and numerous shops. The focal point of Blenheim is the attractive Seymour Square with it flower beds, clock tour and fountain. Blenheim has a reputation for its gardens including Pollard Park, Waterlea and Woodend Gardens.
- Visit Blenheim’s Farmers Market every Sunday morning and sample locally grown vegetables, olives, fruit. Sit back and enjoy great coffee and entertainment from Mid October to late May.
- Visit Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre - designed to fascinate, educate and inspire visitors of all ages bringing history to life in a spectacular presentation of static and flyable aircraft.
- Of historic interest are the Riverlands Cob cottage and the Brayshaw Museum Park with is reconstructed colonial village. Brayshaw Park hosts the beginning of a 9km Riverside narrow gauge (610mm) Railway terminating at Beaver Station adjacent to Blenheim town.
- Stroll the towns of Picton, Havelock or drive an hour to St Arnaud and the picturesque Lake Rotoiti, or take a day out to ski Rainbow.
- Fish for Salmon and Brown Trout from the Wairau River or the latter and Whitebait (when in season) closer to home from the banks of the Opawa River at the bottom of our garden.
- Marlborough boasts a number of quality golf courses; Blenheim Golf Club is within walking distance of the town center, while a number of outlying courses such as Picton, Rarangi and Fairhall are just a short drive away (no pun intended).
- Green Gables Bed and Breakfast is only one and a half hours drive from Nelson and Kaikoura and both towns can be visited on separate day trips.