5 Reasons we love Marlborough

What’s so great about Marlborough?

It’s a wine region of sunny, dry summers and crisp, clear winters creating the perfect conditions for growing delicious, intensely flavored grapes. But it’s also a fantastic place to live.

Here are 5 reasons we love Marlborough…

1. The Magical Marlborough Sounds

The beautiful beaches and inlets of the idyllic Marlborough Sounds make up about one fifth of New Zealand’s total coastline – So there is always a quiet spot to pull up and relax. Whether you love to fish, dive, sail or sunbathe “Marlborough’s playground” has something for everyone.Local companies like Marlborough Tour Company or Wilderness Guides can help arrange your adventure.

2. Rugged tracks and trails

Whether you love the downhills and skills areas of the Wither Hills Mountain Bike Park, the gentle terrain of the Queen Charlotte Link Pathway, the multi-day adventure of the Queen Charlotte Track, or the dirt back roads and trails of the Blairich, Black Birch or Molesworth stations, Marlborough is a mountain-biker’s mecca.

3. Hidden Huts

Turn the cell phone off and hide out in one of these huts! The perfect place to get away from it all, Marlborough’s camping and “tramping” is second to none, with the Richmond Ranges offering rugged and remote terrain with majestic peaks and amazing vistas.


At the other extreme from the sheltered Marlborough Sounds, The East Coast of Marlborough is a wild and windy place, home to the Cape Campbell lighthouse (used as the filming location for the movie The Light Between the Oceans) and a biodiversity hotspot. George loves this beautiful landscape and works with the East Coast Protection Agency to support their work to protect the local wildlife through trapping, monitoring and education.

Aerial view of Marlborough's East Coast

5. Majestic Mountains

Overlooking our vineyards in the Awatere Valley, sits the majestic Tapaeuenuku or “Mount Tappy” – the tallest mountain in NZ outside the Southern Alps, and usually dusted with a light brushing of snow. It shelters our vines from the harsh southern blasts that come up from the Antarctic, and in winter there is skiing available at local skifield Rainbow.

That’s our 5 favorite reasons to love Marlborough, but there are lots more? What are your favorites? Tag us on social media @thebetterhalfwine and let us know!

A couple drinking wine with mountains in the background
A bottle by the fire
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