About Marlborough

Marlborough is located at the top of the South Island of New Zealand and is easily accessible by Inter Island ferry, train from the South, air or road. The province is distinctive in its landscape, history and attractions.

Some great reasons to stay a few days in our boutique luxury accommodation include:

  • The internationally renowned Marlborough Sounds, a major network of fjord waterways, now home to significant aquaculture activity, recreational water and adventure sports, rare New Zealand native bird breeding programmes and a range of adventure walks. At times accommodation in the sounds is some of the most sought after in the country.
  • The Wairau and Awatere Valleys, home of a world-class wine making region with cuisine to match. Also the site of some of the earliest and most comprehensively documented settlement by early Maori "Moa Hunters"
  • The mountainous, northern most extremity of the Southern Alps, where visitors to Marlborough can view Molesworth Station, the largest high country station in New Zealand.

Our cottage accommodation offers an ideal centre to sample the delights of the area

Marlborough Sounds

Within a 30 minute drive from St Leonards is the Marlborough Sounds. Well known to the early Maori and Captain James Cook (who claimed the South Island here for the British Empire in the eighteenth century), the Sounds are the first port of call for those who take the ferry journey from Wellington to the South Island. The Sounds offer a wide range of activities from, guided and freedom walks through native forest, adventure sports, fishing, cruising and diving. There are also opportunities to view breeding programmes for some of the countries most endangered bird species, such as the Takahe and Kakapo. The Sounds are also steeped in New Zealand history as the site of some of the earliest whaling and farming activities.

St Leonards is located in the heart of the Marlborough wine country and offers a central base from which visitors can explore all the sights of Marlborough. Many visitors will know of Marlborough's reputation as the home of the world's best Sauvignon Blanc wine. There are over 65 wineries that in addition to Sauvignon Blanc, also produce Chardonnay, Reisling, Pinot Gris, Gewurtztraminer and Pinot Noir.

The New Zealand High Country is truly unique and spectacular. Various tours are available, of special interest is the tour through the 165,000 ha high country Molesworth Cattle Station. The Molesworth was originally one of the largest private sheep stations in New Zealand during the nineteenth century and passes through some spectacular scenery. Now run as a cattle station and only accessible to visitors at certain times of the year or by guided tour, we offer this opportunity to see a truly unique piece of New Zealand.

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Tours & Activities

There are a great range of "Top of the South" activities that add a new dimension to the experiences our guests can enjoy in this part of New Zealand.

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