Destination guide

Explore the waterfront setting in Marlborough

Enjoy the wineries and other features of Marlborough. Renowned for its local tours, hiking and biking, this city welcomes all visitors. Many rental homes come with outdoor spaces, separate dining areas and full kitchens, perfect if you want to enjoy some home-cooked meals.

Things to do

Activities and attractions in and around Marlborough

Do you want to discover attractions to visit in the city? Travelers enjoy fun activities like hiking and biking. Venture out of your vacation home and experience everything that makes Marlborough a one-of-a-kind vacation spot. Here are some of the top attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Cloudy Bay (3 mi / 4.9 km)
  • Montana Brancott (3.5 mi / 5.7 km)
  • St Clair Winery (3.7 mi / 5.9 km)
  • Marlborough Golf Club (4.2 mi / 6.8 km)
  • Waitohi Recreational Reserve (15.5 mi / 24.9 km)
  • EcoWorld Aquarium (15.7 mi / 25.2 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of Marlborough

Whether you're an adventurous traveler or just want to appreciate the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in Marlborough. Here are a few of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • Seymour Square (0.1 mi / 0.1 km)
  • Nelson Square (15.1 mi / 24.3 km)
  • Picton Foreshore (15.7 mi / 25.2 km)
  • Kenepuru Sounds (21.6 mi / 34.7 km)
  • Pollard Park (0.5 mi / 0.8 km)
  • Waitohi Recreational Reserve (15.5 mi / 24.9 km)
How to get there

How to get to and around Marlborough

The nearest airport is in Blenheim (BHE-Woodbourne), located 4.5 mi (7.3 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Picton (PCN), which is 11.4 mi (18.3 km) away.

What are the top vacation rentals in Marlborough?

From luxury houses to simple cabins, Vrbo has properties to suit every taste and budget. Pack your bags and check out these top vacation rentals in Marlborough:

  • "Beautiful, Spacious, Private And Sooo Relaxing": If you're chasing a comfy living space in Innsbruck-Land District, this escape won't disappoint. It comes with 4 bedrooms and quality amenities including shopping and a fenced yard.
  • "Peaceful, Private And Stunning Views": Located in Havelock, this home away from home has 4 bedrooms and plenty of handy amenities. A fireplace and a music library are among them.

For even more great options, use the search bar at the top of the page to find the perfect Marlborough vacation rental for you.

What are the top-rated vacation rentals for weekend getaways in Marlborough?

There's nothing like hopping behind the wheel and hotfooting it to somewhere new. If you'd love to get away and put your feet up for a day or two, check out these popular weekend getaways in Marlborough:

  • "Picton Holiday Home: The Wellington" in Picton is a fantastic choice if you love spending time outdoors. Pay a visit to the area's nature hot spots, such as Waitohi Recreational Reserve and Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre, or get involved in some activities. Golf and fishing are two ways to get your kicks.
  • You'll be able to cram loads into your stay at "Ngakuta Bay, Marlborough Sounds". This retreat is located in Ngakuta Bay and is within reach of outstanding sights like Picton Harbour and Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary. Cycling and hiking and biking are some cool experiences also on your doorstep.

Can I find studio apartments for rent in Marlborough?

Easy to keep clean and tidy and with everything you need close by, studio apartments are a terrific option if you're traveling on your own or with a friend. If you're after somewhere small and comfortable to call home while you're away, consider one of these studio apartments for rent in Marlborough:

  • "Blenheim's Best Kept Secret, Luxury B&B Lodge" is a cozy retreat in Marlborough. You'll have lots of amenities at hand here, including a bicycle and towels. When you're ready to get out and explore some of the area's cultural sights, Lochmara Lodge Arts Centre and ASB Theatre Marlborough should be among them.
  • Alternatively, unpack your bags at "Fairhall Lodge - Luxury B&B" which offers a kitchenette, a kitchen and more. Located in Marlborough, sights such as Marlborough Art Society and ASB Theatre Marlborough will appeal to your inner culture vulture.

Can I find short term rentals in Marlborough?

Ditch the run-of-the-mill hotel experience for the comfort and privacy of your own place. Even if you only have a few days of vacation time, you'll find short-term rentals in Marlborough that have all the conveniences of home. Try these on for size:

  • "Picton Holiday Home: The Wellington" in Picton is waiting to welcome you. Spend your break doing nothing but relaxing here or get outside and explore. Picton Ferry Terminal and Picton Harbour are among the things to discover nearby.
  • Come for the relaxed vibe at "Ngakuta Bay, Marlborough Sounds", stay for the unique sights scattered around it. This retreat in Ngakuta Bay puts you close to Picton Harbour, Kenepuru Sounds and other hot spots.

What are the best romantic weekend getaways in Marlborough?

Whether you've been with each other for a couple of months, a decade or an eternity, there's nothing like a romantic weekend getaway to fan the flames of love. If you're looking for someplace dreamy to spend a few days with your boo, you'll be enamored with these retreats:

  • Catch up on cuddles and quality time at "Beautiful, Spacious, Private And Sooo Relaxing" in Innsbruck-Land District. A nearby bay and winery tours are just two of the thoughtful touches on offer here.
  • Alternatively, organize a loved-up weekend break at "Peaceful, Private And Stunning Views". Located in Havelock, it offers a nearby bay, a fireplace and more.

What are the best large group vacation rentals in Marlborough?

If you're thinking about taking a memorable trip away, don't travel by yourself; bring everyone along. You'll have more fun sharing the adventure with friends and family. These vacation rentals in Marlborough are ideal for large groups:

  • "Apartment - Via Ferrata Base": With 4 bedrooms, everyone can come along to this sought-after retreat in Innsbruck-Land District. A garden and a kitchen are just a couple of the amenities offered here.
  • "Marlborough Magic - Rapaura Holiday Home": You'll get your crew's tick of approval at this option in Top of the South which comes with a kitchen, a garden and more. It has 6 bedrooms that will easily sleep your loved ones.

What are the best houses for rent with a pool in Marlborough?

There's a good selection of houses with a pool in Marlborough, so slip on your swimsuit and get set to spend your days chilling by the water. Here are a couple of favorites to get you inspired:

  • The pool at "Poolside Retreat - Picton Holiday House - Waikawa" will add a whole new level of fun to your escape. Located in Waikawa Bay, this property also comes with a microwave oven and a dishwasher.
  • Laze by the water while the kids splash around at "Award Winning Vineyard Holiday House With Private Swimmimg Pool". This option in Blenheim comes with a range of features to keep your guests comfy, such as a kitchen island and a nearby laundromat.

What are the best large family vacation rentals in Marlborough?

We've got large family vacation rentals big enough to fit distant relatives — even that funny old uncle of yours. Whatever type of property you need, you'll find the perfect one on Vrbo. Here are our favorites in Marlborough:

  • For style, size and function, you can't go past "Apartment - Via Ferrata Base". Situated in Innsbruck-Land District, this retreat features 4 bedrooms and useful amenities like a travel crib and a living room. It comfortably sleeps up to 13 people.
  • "Peaceful, Private And Stunning Views" in Havelock is another excellent option. It accommodates up to 9 people and has 4 bedrooms. A travel crib and a kitchen will help keep the entire gang comfortable and happy.

Get out for a day and head to Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre — one of Marlborough's finest family-friendly attractions. EcoWorld Aquarium and Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary are also worth a visit while you're in the area.

Can I find family cabin rentals in Marlborough?

If you've been daydreaming about a trip with the family, pick one of these cabin rentals in Marlborough and give the kids an experience they'll never forget:

  • "Whitestar Station, Colville Farm, Bush Lodge2" - Book a lovely long weekend at this retreat in Colville. Amenities like pet-friendly facilities and a kitchen will help make your stay nice and comfy.
  • "Cabin - The Treehouse Waiheke Island | Be My Guest" - Conveniences like a separate dining area and free toiletries also make this a favorite among families. Escape to this Oneroa cabin and bask in the surrounding nature.

For more options, use the search bar at the top of the page and adjust the filters to find the Marlborough vacation rental that's perfect for your needs.

Are there one-bedroom vacation rentals in Marlborough?

If you're traveling on your own or with a few others and don't need a lot of room, a single-bedroom vacation rental will tick your boxes. Enjoy a getaway with all of the home comforts at one of these properties in Marlborough:

  • Spend a few nights at "Historic Cottage In The Heart Of Nelson City" and see why this one-bedroom rental in Nelson City Centre is a favorite among guests. A kitchen and an oven are two of the conveniences that help make this stay a winner.
  • "Idyllic River Side Retreat" in Parapara is another superb choice where you can stay, play and sleep in comfort. Its amenities include a nearby waterfront and a garden.

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