Where travel guides went in Marlborough: pottery, vines and biplanes


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Travel guides were offered a window into 5-star luxury in Many Coves Bay, Queen Charlotte Sound. Photo / Supplied

The latest round of travel guides gave the travel spectacle a distinctly Kiwi twist, seeing ordinary New Zealanders take the country’s top attractions for a test drive.
In the last episode, the guides were sent to drink in the picturesque surroundings of the Marlborough region. As a world-famous appellation for Sauvignon Blanc, New Zealand critics were treated to a few good drinks and experienced both the seafood and the crystal-clear streams it comes from. They even took on the DIY pottery challenge.

Cougar Line: Boat trips are all part of the Marlborough Sounds experience.  Photo / Supplied
Cougar Line: Boat trips are all part of the Marlborough Sounds experience. Photo / Supplied

If you’ve been inspired by travel guides, we’ve put together a list of where they went, what they ate, and how they got there – so you can.

WHERE THEY REMAINED

Bay Of Many Coves Resort
Nestled on the shores of Queen Charlotte Sound, the five-star hideaway is an upscale experience. On the Queen Charlotte Track and Marlborough bush side, it’s an oasis of luxury.
bayofmanycoves.co.nz

Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sound are the winners of the outdoor vacation.  MarlboroughNZ
Marlborough and Queen Charlotte Sound are the winners of the outdoor vacation. MarlboroughNZ

HOW THEY WORK

Cougar Line Water Transfers
Picton-based ferry transfers operate a network of boats around Tōtaranui. Offering a regular schedule to Grove Arm or Queen Charlotte Sound, Cougar also offers day cruises and private water taxis – to help you navigate the waterways and its many secluded beaches.
cougarline.co.nz

WHAT DID THEY DO

Omaka Aviation Heritage Center
Omaka Airfield is home to some exhibits of aces of planes from WWI and WWII. If you want to take it to the next level, visitors can book a ride aboard a Boeing Stearman biplane. The site also hosts an annual airshow, scheduled for early September.
omaka.org.nz

Pottery class in the Essons valley
In a BnB studio, Sara Scott is a world famous potter and Vice President of Ceramics New Zealand. A retired teacher, Scott turned to teaching students the potter’s wheel. With workshop packages that include on-site stay at the BnB, Scott’s Ceramics Camp will have you up to speed in no time.
esssonsvalley.co.nz/pottery

The Queen Charlotte Trail is a route through regenerative forest.  Photo / Supplied
The Queen Charlotte Trail is a route through regenerative forest. Photo / Supplied

Eco-Monde Aquarium
While animal attractions can be problematic, and aquariums aren’t most destinations, Eco World Rehabilitation Center is a unique specimen. Unconcerned about keeping creatures captive, they can’t wait to release their exhibits, like the blue penguins from the Rescue, Rehabilitation and Release program. Watch penguins and other species as Eco World helps them get back on their feet.
ecoworldnz.co.nz

Freewheel through vineyards with Explore Marlborough.  Photo / Supplied
Freewheel through vineyards with Explore Marlborough. Photo / Supplied

Where they ate / drank

Explore Marlborough Wine Tours
Who knew bikes and wine made such a great match? These vineyard tours are winners. With a choice of self-directed or guided wine tours, Explore offers the possibility of getting in the saddle with a sommelier who will choose the perfect itinerary according to your palette.
exploremarlborough.co.nz


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