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Taste Marlborough Tour

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A fabulous new full day tour of the Marlborough wine region specialising in stunning wine and food experiences, behind the scenes tours, winemaker hosted tastings and special reserve grade wines. Taste Marlborough has been created for visitors who love great wine and those who want to learn more about the region, the wineries, the wines and the people who create them.

Each winery experience has been specially created and privately hosted away from the public areas. You will not only receive fabulous private service but you will also get to see areas of the winery that are not normally accessible.

Taste Marlborough tours through a select number of boutique and iconic wineries, a group of wineries selected for their history, fabulous service and stunning range of wines. They are also a group of wineries where you will get to meet great people who know wine and love sharing their passion for wine. Wineries in the tour include Auntsfield Estate, Te Whare Ra, Cloudy Bay and Nautilus, with time out for a divine lunch at Drylands winery restaurant*.

* Please note that all the wineries included can and do change on certain days as we are very dependant on availability of winemakers and senior wine staff. Where required we will substitute for other wineries that can also provide a stunning wine experience.

Our Wine Tour Itinerary for Taste Marlborough

9.45am Collection from your accomodation in Blenheim and around the Marlborough wine region. (please contact us for details of Picton collections).

Start the day with a visit to the boutique winery of Te Whare Ra where owners and winemakers Jason and Anna Flowerday have built a strong reputation on aromatic whites and divine Pinot Noir. Today we will get to see behind the scenes with a tour through the winery and a selection of special tastings along the way. Founded in 1979, Te Whare Ra Wines is the oldest boutique winery in Marlborough. The name, that translates from Maori to mean 'The House in the Sun' It reflects the climate around Renwick, in the heart of the Wairau Valley wine-growing district.

The a tour around the vineyards at Auntsfield. We are taking you back to where it all started. Auntsfield Estate is the home of Marlborough's first colonial vineyard and winery. The original vineyard was established in 1873 and the original cellar in the hillside can still be viewed today. Now over 100 years later, under the watchful eye of the Cowley family, the vineyard has been re-established and produces a stunning range of wines. Todays tour will take us up to view the old cellar and then to the brand new cellar door for a tasting of the range of wines.

Iconic Cloudy Bay is our next stop for a structured wine tasting of the range of world renown wines. This privately hosted wine tasting takes the group away from the public areas to your own private tasting room, a very exclusive and enjoyable tasting. Described as the 'quintessential expression' of Marlborough, Cloudy Bay has a world wide reputation for stunning wines.

After a morning of stunning wines its time to really 'Taste Marlborough' with lunch at the Drylands winery restaurant. Enjoy fresh local produce and local wines in a delightful setting. (lunch at clients own cost). Drylands offers a extensive daily menu along with wines from Nobilo, Selaks and Kim Crawford.

After lunch we depart through to Nautilus Estate winery for one last special tasting. Enjoy fabulous hospitality with a private tasting in the specially designed Pinot Cellar. Enjoy tasting Pinot Noir directly from the barrel, a truely unique tasting experience and one that will test your senses..! Every vintage the winemaking team at Nautilus go through this process of barrel tasting and blending to create the ultimate blend for the Nautilus Pinot.

Greenshell Mussel Cruise

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Departing each day from Havelock Marina over the summer season at 1.30pm. This is a short stroll from the Slip Inn Cafe in the middle of the marina. This is a superb place to have lunch prior to departing on the cruise.

Cruise on the Marlborough Travel luxury launch Odyssea or Galileo. Both of these vessels are large and stable with all the home comforts of lounge areas and multiple viewing decks. A very nice way to cruise the Marlborough Sounds.

As we cruise out into the Marlborough Sounds you will be taking in the natural beauty and tranquility of this stunning area. Your experienced skipper has a wealth of knowledge about the Marlborough Sounds and the people who live here. His informative commentary will keep you entertained as you cruise through the inner Pelorus Sound and into the Kenepuru Sound.

Cruise through a Greenshell™ Mussel farm where your skipper will explain why this delicacy grows so well in the Sounds. See the Mussels growing on longlines in the clean waters and learn how the mussel farmers get the mussels to grow on the ropes.

While at the mussel farm your will get to try the freshest steamed mussels, served with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. This is a fantastic wine and food experience in a beautiful part of Marlborough. It really is a real 'Taste of Marlborough' ..


Welcome to Marlborough New Zealand and the touring company of Marlborough Marlborough Travel is a family owned tourism company that has operated wine tours in Marlborough and Marlborough Sounds cruises for nearly twenty years. Owner- Operators, Chris and Sue Godsiff, are both born and bred in Marlborough, as were their parents and grandparents before that. This long line of family connection to the region and a total commitment to quality service has put Marlborough Travel at the forefront of tourism in Marlborough.

Marlborough Travel operates a well-established land and water based tour business offering a large range of tours of the Marlborough wine region and the Marlborough Sounds. This range of tour options include Marlborough wine tours and scenic tours of the Marlborough wine region. (Wine tours are available on a private tour basis or you can join a tour). Marlborough Travel also owns and operates a number of large luxury launches for cruises of the Marlborough Sounds and charter boat cruising.