If sipping wine while soaking up stunning vistas sounds like your ideal activity, you won’t go wrong with a trip to the top of the South Island. The Marlborough Sounds offer secluded bays, secret coves and breathtaking peninsulas, while the prolific wine region produces the world’s most-wanted sauvignon blancs.
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Bay residents to have 'massive party' after new freedom camping rules adopted

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Tackle NZ's Great Walks, multi-day cycle trails or explore the South Island by sea, road and rail.

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Council closes freedom camping sites after backlash

Two-thirds of Marlborough's freedom camping sites owned by the council could shut.


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A popular beer garden is looking to a brighter summer as a regional events initiative plans to keep Marlborough on the domestic visitor map.

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Is it gin'o'clock yet? Here are three distilleries to try out.


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NZ's best 'jungle' escapes

Kiwis can't travel overseas to visit any of the world's great jungles, so here are some of the best jungle-like escapes closer to home.


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