Local food and wine in Marlborough

If you’re a foodie with a passion for matching cuisine with great quality wine or beer, or just love to eat and drink, then Marlborough will surprise and delight you and your taste buds.

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Relax in the Queen Charlotte Sound

The Queen Charlotte Sound is a coastal paradise blessed with resorts and restaurants, so you can find delicious sustenance on your journey. Alternatively, take a cruise through the Sounds and enjoy local wines served with fresh seafood as you take in the views.

Marlborough Tour Company website

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Tour the wineries and cellar doors

With more than 120 wineries and more than 30 cellar doors to visit, a Marlborough wine tour is a must. Take a local wine tour or create your own using the Marlborough Wine Trail Guide. You can pick up the Wine Trail Guide from the local i-SITE visitor centres in the region.

Marlborough Wine Trail website

Visit Makana Confections

Watch confectionery masters at work at the Makana Confections boutique chocolate factory. Their hand-made chocolates are perfect for special occasions, or a special self-indulgent treat. The factory is set up like a cellar door where you can watch how they make their chocolates, taste a few samples and shop for delicious chocolates.

Makana website

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Explore The Vines Village

The Vines Village is a wine cellar, cafe and collection of boutique stores nestled amongst the region's best cellar doors along the famous 'Golden Mile'. It is the perfect place to explore, taste some of Marlborough's finest produce or simply relax with a gelato in a bean bag under a tree.

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Visit one of the local markets

If you are here on a weekend, don’t miss the Farmers’ Market for a collection of produce from throughout the region. Try locally-grown foods such as saffron, pinenuts, hazel nuts, honey, olives, wild game, chocolates, preserves, shallots, garlic and sea salt.

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Dine with a view

Dining in Marlborough is a chance to really treat your taste buds, from a leisurely lunch at a vineyard restaurant, to a water's edge cafe in the Marlborough Sounds. Savour Marlborough’s world-class offerings and fresh produce all while experiencing their brilliant views.

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Taste fresh seasonal produce

Stop in at Marlborough's fresh seasonal orchards and pick your own fruit including cherries, berries and stone fruit. Head over to Hedgerows and pick up a punnet of their fresh juicy strawberries or enjoy a real fruit ice cream.

Hedgerows website

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Visit The Wine Station

The Wine Station, right next to Blenheim's train station, offers a unique experience of wine and food. Enjoy 80 different wines poured straight out of the tap by your own hands through specalised dispending machines all the way from Italy.

The Wine Station website

Continue to Wellington

If you have started the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail in Marlborough, follow the trail north to Wellington. Take a 30-minute flight to Picton or sail between Wellington and Marlborough on board the Interislander ferry. To make the most out of your experience, upgrade to “Premium Plus”, an exclusive private lounge with complimentary beer, wine, tea, coffee and a mini buffet.

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