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Blenheim Sightseeing

The River Queen river boat tour leaves from Blenheim town centre and is a superb way to explore landscapes around Blenheim. You’ll retrace the route of the steamboats of old; enjoy a relaxing punt and a riverside picnic, sampling a selection of local wines and gourmet treats.

Beviamo Yacht Charters

Green Shell Mussel Cruise

Daily cruise departures over the summer season from the Havelock Marina. A wonderful cruise out in to the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds, two of the main Sounds that make up the Marlborough Sounds. Visit a Greenshell Mussel Farm for the perfect wine and food match of fresh steamed mussels served with a glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.   greenshellmusselcruise

Marlborough Travel 

For an extensive range of daily tours, both scheduled and private tours of the Marlborough wine region. Indulge with fabulous wine and food on our Taste Marlborough Tour, combine the wine region and the Marlborough Sounds on our Marlborough Icons Tour, or sit back and relax on your very own private tour. All group sizes catered for. 

An easy walk from your Chateau Marlborough hotel accommodation, Blenheim township is full of small boutiques and galleries to delight treasure-seekers of all ages. 

The focal point of Blenheim town is the attractive Seymour Square, the base for the Garden Marlborough festival each November, with its well-tended flowerbeds, memorial clock tower and fountain. An historic bandstand and amphitheatre, adjacent to Seymour Square, are regularly used for a wide range of performing arts. 

Of historic interest are both Riverlands Cob Cottage, furnished in pioneer style, and the Brayshaw Museum Park with its reconstructed colonial village. A miniature railway runs alongside the river, transporting passengers from Blenheim town to Brayshaw Park museum and settler town. 

Blenheim has a reputation for lovely gardens, including Waterlea Gardens and Pollard Park botanical gardens, featuring winding walkways through its gardens and rivers along with children’s playgrounds and barbeque areas for those summer picnics. 

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Activities in the Blenheim countryside include whitewater rafting, tramping, boating, kayaking, horse trekking, mountain biking, trout fishing and skiing. More sedate pursuits include strolling through the lovely parks and gardens of Blenheim, or enjoying a visit to an art studio, olive grove, cheese factory or boutique distillery.

Events & Festivals

If you stay with Chateau Marlborough in January, you can catch premier horseracing action at the Waterlea Racing Club Carnival.

In February, you’re right on time to experience the legendary Marlborough Food and Wine Festival, a week-long festival of Marlborough wine and gourmet delights! 

March is the month for the awesome Havelock Mussel Festival, while April and Easter weekend are abuzz with crowds for the Classic Warbird Fighters Airshow. 

November is Garden Marlborough time, and Blenheim town and Gardens come alight with summer color. This is a superb time to see the beautiful gardens of Blenheim and Marlborough on one of the many garden tours and garden parties that are held over the festival week. The Garden Fete held at Seymour Square on the last day of this wonderful event is a showstopper. 

Marlborough Wine Tours

Chateau Marlborough is excited to announce we have a new private wine tour, operating out of the Chateau Marlborough Hotel. Our Food & Beverage Manager Anshul who is a WSET trained Sommelier will be running these tours. He loves sharing his knowledge and passion of wine with our guests, and looks forward to running these new tours! Please contact us and ask for Anshul to arrange your wine tour. Or Email him at

Other boutique wine tours and winery visits offered by great companies including  Highlight Tours, Bubbly Grape tours & Hop 'n Grape Tours. Numbers are limited to small, intimate groups and these wine tours offer an unbeatable combination of local wine knowledge and personalised service while showcasing the best of Marlborough wineries and vineyards.

Top your Marlborough wine tour off with a sumptuous winery lunch and wine tasting, include a visit to the Marlborough olive groves or maybe sample some of our world famous liqueurs!

There are a variety of wine tour schedules on offer, catering for both the independent traveler as well as corporate tour options.

The Marlborough Wine Festival is New Zealand’s most popular and well-established wine festival, with wine tasting, gourmet cuisine and organic local produce to sample, fashion events live music, wine tutorials and more. Check back here for 2016 dates!

Another recently launched activity for the Highlight Wine Tours, is there Classic Cars tour. Check out the link below.

Classic Car Wine Tours


Marlborough Sounds Cruises

The many hidden resorts and private homes of the Marlborough Sounds rely on boats to deliver them post and supplies and you can come along for the journey! 

These ‘mail cruises’ or ‘delivery cruises’, as they are known, allow you to explore so many of the secluded coves and historic inlets of the Marlborough Sounds. Eco-Cruises to the bird sanctuary of Motuara Island are also a superb way to see the Marlborough Sounds. Lunch cruises are a very popular option and may see you landing at a secluded beach for a gourmet BBQ. 

There are so many exceptional cruises to choose from! Luckily, the Chateau Marlborough team can recommend options to you. Stay in our luxury Marlborough accommodation before and after your Marlborough Sounds cruise, and our reception team can also arrange your cruise booking. 

Another Marlborough Sounds cruise option is the greenshell mussel cruise, which departs from either Picton or Havelock. This unique food and wine cruise has proven very popular with Chateau Marlborough guests, and takes you through the tranquil waters of the Marlborough Sounds to learn about the history of the sounds and pioneering people. Enjoy a visit to a greenshell mussel farm and sample freshly steamed mussels with a glass of world famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. 

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