Acclaimed the world over for its award-winning Sauvignon Blancs, the region has a prosperous viticulture industry together which, together with more than its fair share of sunshine hours and beautiful scenery, makes it a popular destination for New Zealand and international visitors.

About the Region

The region’s principal town of Blenheim is a great place to start your sojourn that includes award-winning wineries, great local produce and seafood and a vast array of nature-based experiences. The options for exploring the wonders of this region are plentiful, from walking, cycling or even cruising the spectacular Marlborough Sounds; the sunny splendour of this region lends itself perfectly to exploring the great outdoors.

Your Marlborough accommodation is sorted with Scenic Hotel Marlborough, which is located in the centre of the Blenheim township, putting local attractions, wineries, eateries, excursions and artisan offerings all within easy reach. With the hotel offering its’ own relaxing, resort-styled setting, guests can relax and unwind after a day’s exploring with a soak in the spa or stretch in the outdoor heated swimming pool.

Getting to and around the region

For many, Blenheim is a welcome stop for those connecting the North and South Islands by car and ferry. Within half an hour’s drive of the port town of Picton, self-drive travellers often make Blenheim their first South Island stop on any inter-island journey.

Direct air services also serve Blenheim – from Auckland to Blenheim, and Wellington to Blenheim – making this highly sought-after region closer and more convenient than many may think.

Getting around the region is easy, with many opting to take advantage of ample onsite guest parking at Scenic Hotel Marlborough and pick up a bike to tour the vineyards and waterways, or join one of the many local operators and experience the region with an expert guide.

Dining in Region

The Marlborough Region is a chef’s delight and provisions many of New Zealand’s top restaurants. From exquisite, fresh seafood from the Marlborough Sounds to locally harvested produce, be it land or sea, this region is a veritable feast for foodies.

Onsite at Scenic Marlborough Hotel, guests can enjoy the convenience and comfort of the ‘Savvy Restaurant and Bar,’ which offers a full a la carte dining experience with a regularly changing menu. Families are catered to with a kids’ menu too.

The region is plentiful with winery cafes, casual local dining, as well as small producer stalls and farm fare to be enjoyed throughout the region.

Conferences, Meetings and Business Events

Corporate and business travellers or local businesses and groups requiring small and medium sized meeting spaces will find a full-service venue catering for up to 130 delegates at Scenic Hotel Marlborough. For further information on meetings and business events, please refer to the Scenic Hotel Marlborough Meeting & Events page. With its close proximity to the Convention Centre, Scenic Hotel Marlborough is a popular choice for conference attendees to stay.

Weddings and other Special Occasions

Sunshine, spectacular scenery and incredible vineyard settings make Blenheim and the wider Marlborough region popular for weddings and special occasions. Conveniently located for North and South Island guests, many choose to say, “I do,” in sunny Marlborough.

For stress-free wedding planning, your onsite event planner at Scenic Hotel Marlborough can easily tailor your wedding and guest requirements. Start your planning by checking out our venue facilities.

Best things to see and do in Marlborough

Marlborough has a little magic to share with you no matter what type of holiday you are looking for. From families to active relaxers, adventure seekers, wine and food lovers, couples and singles, there is something for everyone. Immerse yourself in one of New Zealand’s more scenic regions with the beautiful Marlborough Sounds on your doorstep, which is resplendent with marine life and the perfect pickings for fresh seafood. With its gentle terrain, cycling is a popular pursuit and a fun and active way to freewheel in and out of wineries. Local waterways and the Marlborough Sounds offer exceptional on-water experiences from kayaking to cruises.

With one of the highest hours of sunshine in New Zealand, Marlborough lends itself perfectly to enjoying the great outdoors or simply soaking up the sun with a world-class Sauvignon Blanc in hand!