Marlborough Campervan Hire Holiday
Across the Cook Strait is the Marlborough region – one of New Zealand’s largest wine-growing regions. While sauvignon blanc is considered to be its specialty, the methode traditionelle and chardonnays are also well-known. Marlborough’s 100-plus vineyards produce more than half New Zealand’s wine. This beautiful region has numerous camping options that are friendly to the motorhome rental holidaymaker.
If you started your motorhome holiday in Auckland or Wellington, it's well worth taking your motorhome across the Cook Strait on the Interisland Ferry, to discover New Zealand's stunning South Island, starting with the Marlborough region. Alternatively if you picked up your campervan rental in Christchurch, be sure to head north to this beautiful northern part of the South Island. There are also a handful of campervan companies that offer campervan hire in Picton.
Year-round sunshine, and a diverse natural landscape of extensive coastline and huge stands of untouched native forests make Marlborough an outdoor adventure destination.
Marlborough produces 80 percent of New Zealand’s aquaculture exports - king salmon, pacific oysters, paua (abalone), kingfish, and koura (crayfish).
A key attraction in the region is the Marlborough Sounds, featuring spectacular scenery where bush and mountains rise straight from the sea.The Sounds can be explored by boat or on foot – the 67 kilometre Queen Charlotte track passes through coastal forest, around coves and inlets and along ridges.
Picton, a little port at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound, provides access for the inter-island ferries that link the North and South islands, and a launching point for walking and water-based holidays in the Marlborough Sounds. There are several Camping and Holiday Parks in and around Picton, including Picton Top 10 Holiday Park, Picton Campervan Park and Smiths Farm Holiday Park.
Blenheim (pop: 30,000) is Marlborough’s largest town. Often boasting the highest sunshine hours of any New Zealand town, Blenheim is a popular holiday destination and a good base for exploring Marlborough attractions.
The old goldmining community of Canvastown is at the edge of the Richmond Forest Range, a popular place to pan for gold, angle for trout, and discover the past at Canvastown’s historic hotel, The Old Trout.
Havelock is the gateway to the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds. Life in Havelock centres around it's busy fishing port and here you will see fishing boats, mussel barges and other vessels carrying NZ King Salmon and logs unloading.
The small township of Rai Valleyoffers a range of essential services and its most popular attraction is the Rai Valley Cottage, administered by the Historic Places Trust, an old colonial cottage built in 1880s from locally pit-sawn totara slabs, featuring a totara shingle roof and fireplace built of local riverstones.