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5 DAY MARLBOROUGH & QUEEN CHARLOTTE TRACK

Blenheim - Marlborough Sounds - Blenheim

Enjoy the fantastic wine and scenery of Marlborough followed by a hike along the unique and beautiful Queen Charlotte Track. Explore, sample and indulge at leisure, as you visit the many wineries in this region. Next catch a boat through the gorgeous Marlborough Sounds, to your chosen starting point, and begin your hike along the Queen Charlotte track. Walk through ancient beach, meander along the coast, encounter fern-fringed bays. Spend 2 nights along the Queen Charlotte Track, overnighting in lodges hidden among nature. Allow time to take a kayak or stand-up paddle board and explore more of these beautiful bays and coves from the water. This tour is a perfect combination of the some of the best New Zealand wine and walking!

Inclusions

* 2 nights in a hotel, stay on a winery
* 2 nights in comfortable lodges
* 4 breakfasts, 1 packed lunch
* Round Trip Queen Charlotte Track Pass
* Use of kayaks and paddle boards at lodges
* 2 boat transfers
* Transfers by road as listed
* Luggage transportation
* Bike rental can be added

Highlights

* Explore the Marlborough Wine Trail
* Walk Queen Charlotte Track
* Kayak or SUP and explore hidden coves and bays
* Ancient beech forests, amazing scenery
* Enjoy Queen Charlotte Sound from the water
* Stay in secluded lodges, where the access is only by foot or water

Itinerary

Day 1
Blenheim
Marlborough wine region
Please make your way from Blenheim airport/town to your hotel within the Marlborough wine region. You have the rest of the day at leisure to wine and dine at your hotel.

Day 2
Marlborough wine region
Spend today enjoying the wine region! Marlborough has more than 30 cellar doors offering tastings and there are a number of options for touring around the region from self-drive to guided tours and even cycling through the vines. Marlborough produces 75% of the New Zealand's wine and 85% of New Zealand's sauvignon blanc. You could opt to hire a car for the day and drive the classic New Zealand Wine Trail that leads you off the beaten track all while enjoying the exquisite taste of local wines. Or hike a bike and cycle through the vineyards. Perhaps visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, or sample some famous greenshell mussels.

Day 3
Marlborough Wine Region
Marlborough Sounds
Today you will be picked up by private car and taken to Picton, where you will board a boat that will take you to your chosen start point on the beautiful and utterly unique Queen Charlotte Track. You have the choice to either be dropped off at Resolution Bay, where the walk to your lodge is 3 hours or Ship Cove where the walk to your lodge is 5 hours. Please note your bags will be transferred for you, so you don't have to carry anything other than a small day pack.

Day 4
Marlborough Sounds
Today after breakfast, depart at your leisure and continue to walk along the Queen Charlotte Track to Punga Cove, which should take you 3 hours, however take your time and enjoy the scenery and beauty this section has to offer. A packed lunch will be provided today, and once again your bags will be transferred to your next lodge so you can really enjoy your walk. Once you arrive at your next lodge, you can either relax or enjoy a complimentary kayak or paddle board around the area.

Day 5
Marlborough
Blenheim
This morning you will leave Punga Cove and be picked up by boat and transferred to Ship Cove in Picton. Take in the stunning views as your cruise through the waters. On arrival a car will be waiting to take you back to Blenheim airport or Blenheim central.

Departures:

Daily departures

Price

From $1,141 NZD per person, sharing

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