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4 Days Culinary Cruise and Wine Holidays in NZ

Wine Vacation in New Zealand

Experience the best of Marlborough from your luxury hideaway at the Bay of Many Coves Resort. A 4-day discovery tour for discerning travelers to sample Marlboroughs famous wines, gourmet produce and delicious seafood, plus guided eco walks and cruises through the beautiful Marlborough sounds. With 5-star accommodation, fine dining, and luxury pampering at the end of each day. From your arrival in Marlborough, everything is taken care of, leaving you to simply enjoy the best of everything this very special region has to offer.


  • Taste Marlborough tour with wine tastings
  • Enjoy a sweet treat tasting at Makana Chocolates
  • Cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound to the Queen Charlotte track
  • Fabulous tasting of king salmon and fresh oysters
  • 3-course gourmet dinners every night
  • 3 nights accommodation


3 days with instruction in English
Spoken languages: English
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The Bay of Many Coves Resort is a 59.5-hectare, Qualmark five-star rated property located in Queen Charlotte Sound adjoining the Queen Charlotte track. It is 100% New Zealand owned and operated. Pip and Nick Goodhew are responsible for the day-to-day management of Bay of Many Coves, assisted by friendly and very experienced staff.

The resort management is committed to providing guests with the ultimate luxury kiwi hospitality, and continuing to improve the resorts facilities and range of offerings. Service excellence and your enjoyment is always our top priority at the Bay of Many Coves Resort. Youll spend two nights here in a luxury apartment at the 5-star Bay of Many Coves Resort, followed by one night in a luxury suite amongst the vines at Marlborough Vintners Hotel.


Day 1

Start your experience in the seaport township of Picton, gateway to the stunning Queen Charlotte Sound.

13:00 Check in for the Seafood Odyssea Cruise. Enjoy the scenic cruise, commentary on the area and a fabulous tasting of king salmon and fresh oysters.

16:30 Arrival at Bay of Many Coves Resort for two nights in a luxury apartment. A simply stunning experience to relax on the waterfront at this divine resort.

Enjoy breakfast and dinner in the fine dining restaurant on site.

Day 2

Depart the resort with a walking guide from Wilderness Guides.

Your day begins with a cruise through Queen Charlotte Sound to the Queen Charlotte track.

Experience virgin native forest at its best plus stunning views on today's walk as your guide points out native birds, forest plants and shares the European and pre-European stories of this fascinating area with you.

Todays guided walk includes a nice picnic lunch.

Walk options range from two to five hours in duration.

Day 3

Cruise back to Picton where you will be met by a guide from the Marlborough Tour Company for the Taste Marlborough Tour. This unique full day tour is all about Marlborough wine and food, getting behind the scenes of the Marlborough wine region and meeting some great people behind the wines.

Visit boutique wineries and iconic names such as Cloudy Bay.

Enjoy a wonderful lunch at the stunning Wither Hills Winery (lunch at own cost) and finish the day with a sweet treat tasting at Makana Chocolates.

At the completion of the tour, settle into a luxury suite at Marlborough Vintners Hotel (MVH). This stunning property is situated on the golden mile of Marlborough wines, right in the heart of the wine region.

Tonight, enjoy a divine 3-course dinner in the Vintners Room restaurant, on site at MVH.

Day 4

  • Check out of MVH after a leisurely breakfast.
  • Transfer to Blenheim Airport or railway station available.


Marlborough is located at the top of New Zealand's South Island. It is renowned for its fine wines, gourmet restaurants, luxury accommodation and outdoor activities including hiking, mountain biking and sea kayaking, the Queen Charlotte Track and the spectacular Marlborough Sounds. Traditionally a rural province, the Marlborough economy is now burgeoning with four major industries - wine, tourism, aquaculture (mussels) and forestry. Savor the spoils of the region when you visit with its cafe culture, wineries, gourmet restaurants, up market accommodation properties and mix this with the array of outdoor activities.


All main meals are included including gourmet dinners, full breakfasts each day, picnic baskets, and alfresco lunches. Some optional snacks and lunches may be at your own cost. Enjoy fresh regional produce and world-class Marlborough wines.

Spa treatments

Soothe your soul and relax your body with the resident therapist. Choose from relaxation, Swedish, or Hot Stone Massages. 100% Natural Miritu spa products used.

What's included

  • 1-day gourmet guided walk and wildlife tour with wilderness guides
  • 1 night accommodation at Marlborough Vintners Hotels suite
  • 2 nights accommodation at Bay of Many Coves Resorts luxury apartment
  • All transfers
  • Daily breakfasts
  • Daily three-course dinner
  • NZ tax of 15%
  • Seafood Odyssea cruise and
  • Taste Marlborough tour with Marlborough Tour Company

How to get there

Driving directions from Christchurch

Tranz Scenic ( From the south, just 4.5 hours drive from Christchurch to Picton or take the tranz-coastal train, which travels daily between Christchurch and Picton via the picturesque Kaikoura coast. From Picton take the Cougarline water taxi directly to the resort.

Parking in Picton. Short and long term parking is available in Picton at the council carpark between the Cougar Line office and the Mercure Yacht Club Hotel.

Arrival by airplane

Sounds Air from Wellington - fly into Picton Koromiko Airport (PCN). Sounds Air has a shuttle van which will deliver you to Picton harbour for a small fee with an approximately 10 minutes transfer time. From Picton take the Cougarline water taxi directly to the resort.

Air New Zealand has regular scheduled flights into Blenheim - just 30 minutes by road through to Picton. From Picton take the Cougarline water taxi directly to the resort.

Picton Floatplane - Land right on the sea in front of the resort. The Picton Floatplane operates out of Picton and Porirua harbour near Wellington as well as between the resort and Abel Tasman region.

Arrival by ferry

Public ferry - Two companies offer daily ferry services between Wellington and Picton with regular schedules, linking New Zealands north and south islands. The scenic cruise across Cook Strait takes approximately 3 hours with vessels carrying both passengers and vehicles. From the ferry terminal at Picton, catch the Cougarline water taxi to the resort.

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Charter boat - Options abound for private transfers from Picton to the resort. Classic launches, sailing yachts, private water taxis are all available.

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Under sail, you can reach the resort on the yacht Beviamo (

Arrow watertaxis run on demand services out of Picton in high speed boats taking just 30 minutes for a private journey or perhaps a little longer if you join other visitors with pick-ups or drop offs en-route (

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Under sail, you can reach the resort on the yacht Beviamo (

Arrow watertaxis run on demand services out of Picton in high speed boats taking just 30 minutes for a private journey or perhaps a little longer if you join other visitors with pick-ups or drop offs en-route (

Private boat - Arrive in your own boat and make use of our 8 private moorings right in front of the resort. All moorings are secure 3 tonne blocks and the resort is well sheltered from the prevailing winds. Our resort tender will deliver you to and from your vessel and we are contactable on VHF channel 63.

Arrival by helicopter

Arrive on the doorstep at the resort helipad. Fly to and from Wellington or within the Nelson or Tasman and Marlborough regions. The vast and intriguing coastline that comprises the Marlborough Sounds can be fully appreciated from above. Look out for those pods of dolphin or orca!

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