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4 Days Culinary Cruise and Wine Holidays in NZ

  • Marlborough - Bay of Many Coves

4 Days Culinary Cruise and Wine Holidays in NZ

  • Marlborough - Bay of Many Coves

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.

Highlights

  • 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
  • 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.

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.

  • 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

Driving directions from Christchurch

Tranz Scenic (www.tranzscenic.co.nz). 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.

The Interislander (www.interislander.co.nz)

Bluebridge (www.bluebridge.co.nz)

The Interislander (www.interislander.co.nz)

Bluebridge (www.bluebridge.co.nz)

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

Gordon Low Marine (www.gordonlowmarine.co.nz)

Charter Guide (www.charterguide.co.nz)

Under sail, you can reach the resort on the yacht Beviamo (www.beviamo.co.nz)

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 (www.arrowwatertaxis.co.nz)

Gordon Low Marine (www.gordonlowmarine.co.nz)

Charter Guide (www.charterguide.co.nz)

Under sail, you can reach the resort on the yacht Beviamo (www.beviamo.co.nz)

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 (www.arrowwatertaxis.co.nz)

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!

Testimonials

  • Review by A traveler from United Kingdom

    "We stayed at the Bay of Many Coves during our tour of New Zealand. The hotel is only accessible by water taxi from Picton and is in a beautiful remote location. Reception, lounge and restaurant are just next to the jetty and the rooms are built up the hillside. Our room was spacious with a sitting room which included a kitchenette area, bedroom and a roomy bathroom. BOMC is a member of the Luxury Lodges of New Zealand and we felt that the furniture is not quite as luxurious as other other member hotels that we stayed at but was comfortable. The bathroom would have benefited from underfloor heating. However the view from the balcony and bedroom were simply stunning and the remote location contributed to the "get away from it all" feeling. There are walks from the hotel and walking poles are available to borrow. The weather was not great while we were there and the paths had become quite difficult and slippy. It is possible to walk to the top of the hill and around the bay. If you need something more gentle there is a waterfall that is just a 20 minute walk away. The hosts Murray and Elaine are very friendly and Murray is very knowledgeable about the local wines and shared his enthusiasm on two wine tastings during our stay. The food in the restaurant is excellent. The spa is very good and we both enjoyed a treatment. The hotel has an outdoor swimming pool and hot tub. There are lots of activities if you are feeling energetic. Many reviewers talk of good or excellent service but something happened during our stay that put the level of service offered by Murray and Elaine beyond excellent. We had a 7.8 earthquake. The whole building was shaken violently but as a testament to the builders and the materials they used, it survived with no damage at all. We were due to travel to Kaikoura the following day and the rail and road connections were destroyed. Murray and Elaine took it all in their stride offering us advise and practical helped us to book alternative transport and accommodation. Communication with our travel agent was difficult and they helped us rescue our holiday. BOMC is ideal if you are looking for some R&R halfway through your tour with fabulous scenery and first class service."

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  • Review by Alexandra M from Australia

    "This is truly a 5* hotel and should not be missed if you ever have the opportunity to stay there. The hotel is spotless, the food a delight, the scenery fantastic and the staff absolutely superb. During our stay we had a problem with the next leg of our holiday and the staff bent over backwards to help solve the problem. They cannot be praised highly enough. A most memorable experience that will stay with us fora long time."

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  • Review by Ben A. from New Zealand

    "This place is something special. Only a 30-minute boat trip from Picton but you feel a million miles away from anywhere. Staff, food, rooms are all excellent. Amazing pool and hot tub to soak in under the stars. Paddleboarding, walks, or just relaxing - could have stayed there a week. Thanks James, Meg and everyone for a great stay. Tip - All rooms have a view of the water - some are further up the hill than others. If you're concerned about walking up the hill, don't worry, they have golf carts!"

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  • Review by a Julian S. from New Zealand

    "This has to be one of the best luxury treasures in New Zealand. The rooms and location are gorgeous. Add in friendly, attentive staff and its impossible not to be impressed and then there is the food. We have dined around the world but the meals here reached another level. The degustation a must! The dining is intimate as the hotel is not too large and the food was divine. This is a must stay if you are a foodie and a must stay if you just want to relax. This is a place you come to drink in the environment and peace and relax. A place you come to savor the best cuisine around. Beware technophiles that there is poor cell phone coverage and the internet was done when we were there but this was a bonus! In todays world to be adrift from being constantly available in a secluded haven was luxury at its best. I will be back!"

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  • Review by Rolfund Claudia from Switzerland

    "It started with a water plane flight over the picturesque Marlborough Sound which is highly recommended. The reception at the hotel, the room and the food was outstanding. The management did also an excellent job to separate the normal guests from a rather noisy Chinese group. The half day cruise onboard classic lunch is great. "

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  • Review by Ian and Sally W from United Kingdom

    "My wife and I recently travelled to New Zealand and while there stayed at the Bay of Many Coves to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary. I cannot recommend this place highly enough. Amazing location in a quiet secluded bay with breath taking views. We had a wonderful lunch at the water's edge and a superb dinner. Food and wine were exquisite. Finally we shouldn't forget the hospitality. We were made to feel so welcome by our hosts and they really did do everything to make sure our stay was memorable. If you get chance - take a trip here. You will not be disappointed. (UK)."

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  • Review by GMR Pennsylvania from United States

    "We stayed 3 nights at the BOMC in the Marlborough Sounds. What a wonderful experience. The service begins with the managers/staff greeting you at the dock as your Cougar Line Taxi from Picton arrives. The rooms are built into the side of a mountain and have fabulous views of the Sounds from the floor to ceiling windows in the bedroom and living room of your suite or from your patio. There are three restaurants (2 that serve breakfast and lunch - same menu for each of these) then another restaurant with a very good dinner menu. Be warned of the uphill walks to get to your rooms - gets your heart rate up. We stayed in room 101 low enough on the hill to not be too painful a walk but high enough for gorgeous views. We hiked in the morning before breakfast - very challenging up hills. Also took kayaks out on a gorgeous day in the Sounds. Pip and Nick were wonderful hosts and invited all guests to a wine tasting one evening. We would definitely return if there is a next trip to NZ for us. "

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