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The Marlborough Riverside Hotel is the perfect location at the top of the South Island to explore Marlborough’s world-famous wine region, and the stunning Marlborough Sounds. The hotel is a stone’s throw of central Blenheim, the largest town in Marlborough, and an easy base to explore the region for a few days or more.


Wine Country

While the Marlborough region is famous for its intense and vibrant Sauvignon Blanc, there are so many more varietals to discover while visiting the region’s 30 cellar doors and restaurants. There are many options available to tour the wineries. You can self-drive, book a private tour, or cycle through the vines.
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Queen Charlotte Track 1 – 5 days

Gorgeous coastal views, the stunning Marlborough Sounds, and native bush – the Queen Charlotte Track is utterly unique. Combining the best of New Zealand walking and biking with a seamless network of cruise and pack transfers, resorts and lodges and great food and wine, whether you’re here for one day or five, the 72 km Queen Charlotte Track is brilliant every day. For more information click here

Omāka Aviation and Heritage Centre

Step back in time and discover the stories of WWI and WW2 at this incredible heritage museum Sir Peter Jackson’s personal collection of memorabilia is complemented by life-like mannequins made by Weta Workshop and special effects by Wingnut Films. Adjacent to the centre is the Omāka airport, home to the bi-annual Classic Fighters Air Show. This incredible event draws thousands of spectators over the Easter Weekend. For more information and bookings click here.

Omāka Aviation and Heritage Centre

Eat & Drink

Marlborough Wine Tours

We are experts in ensuring you experience the delights the Marlborough wine region can offer.  You can join one of our daily small group wine tours or a private wine tour for your group or let us customise a luxury private wine tour for you. Whatever your style or budget we will provide you with an informative and entertaining tour, but more importantly, give you the chance to relax and enjoy some great wines from the Marlborough region.

Gramado's Restaurant And Bar

Inspired by a small town in southern Brazil, part of the state Rio Grande do Sul, Gramado city is renowned for its fine wine, international cuisine and chocolate.

Come in to a cosy, warm place for dinner or drinks. Enjoy the homestyle atmosphere - The little bar - And dinning area.

Wairau River Wines Restaurant

Opening in 1991, the Wairau River Cellar Door and Restaurant is one of the regions original wine tourism destinations. Today the Cellar Door and Restaurant is managed and run by eldest daughter Pip Rose.

Younger sister Caroline Rose and her partner Tane Malcolm are the head chefs, preparing a simple and delicious menu focusing on fresh, Marlborough ingredients that changes with the seasons. The Restaurant is a casual environment, a reflection of how the Rose family entertains at home.

Arbour Restaurant

The region’s most awarded restaurant Arbour is located 10 mins drive from the Marlborough Riverside Hotel. Owners Liz and Bradley offer their guests world-class cuisine, matched with premium wine and exceptional service. Click here for more.

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