4 nights Blenheim; Hotel D’ Urville
A boutique hotel in the heart of Blenheim’s central business district with eleven well-appointed hotel rooms, an elegant bar and modern restaurant. The building – the Old Public Trust Building – is a Blenheim landmark. It was built in the art deco style in the 1920s and features a magnificent columned facade, grand staircase and high ceilings. It was opened as a wine bar and brasserie in 1993 and the upstairs converted into a small hotel soon after. The hotel is named for Dumont d’ Urville, the French explorer who made three visits to New Zealand between 1824 and 1840. D’Urville was the first explorer to chart the Marlborough region since James Cook the 1770s. He charted the Marlborough Sounds, giving his name to the rugged d,™Urville Island and other geographic landmarks in the area.
Taste of Marlborough Tour:
A fabulous full day of the Marlborough wine region specializing in stunning wine and food experiences, behind the scenes tours, winemaker hosted tasting and special reserve grade wines. Taste Marlborough has been created for visitors who love great wine and those who want to learn more about the region, the wineries, the wines and the people who create them. Each winery experience has been specially created and privately hosted away from the public areas. You will not only receive fabulous private service but you will also get to see areas of the winery that are not normally accessible. Taste Marlborough tour through a select number of boutique and iconic wineries, a group of wineries selected for their history, fabulous service and stunning range of wines. They are also a group of wineries where you will get to meet great people who know wine and love sharing their passion for wine. Wineries regularly included in the tour are Auntfield Estate, Te Whare Ra and Cloudy Bay with time out for a divine lunch at Wither Hills winery restaurant. Please note that all the wineries included can and do change on certain days as we are very dependent on availability of winemakers and senior wine staff. Where required we will substitute for other wineries.
Greenshell Mussel Cruise:
This cruise is truly unique as it takes in the three highlights of Marlborough; the stunning Marlborough Sounds, the Greenshell Mussels and Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. Experience a perfect match of all three in a beautiful part of Marlborough. Cruise from the Havelock Marina on the Marlborough Travel luxury launch. As we cruise out into the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds your experienced Skipper will explain some of the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the history of the pioneering families who have settled here. Take in the natural beauty and tranquility of the Marlborough Sounds. Then visit a Greenshell Mussel farm where your skipper will explain how mussels are grown and they grow so well in the Marlborough Sounds. While at the Mussel farm you will get to sample a local favorite – freshly steamed Mussels matched perfectly to a complimentary glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
Continental breakfast daily
Private car transfers between airport and hotel