About the Region
Marlborough often receives New Zealand’s most sunshine hours in the summer months and is New Zealand’s largest grape growing & winemaking area with over 50 wineries.
Marlborough is famed for its Sauvignon Blanc wine, but also produces excellent Chardonnay and Riesling.
The Marlborough Sounds is a labyrinth fjord type waterways comprising two main sounds, Queen Charlotte Sound (Picton), and the larger Pelorus Sound (Havelock). The sounds boast spectacular and unspoilt scenery, largely untouched by modernisation. High native bush and fern clad hills cascade straight into the deep and clear blue waters of the sounds. Native fauna and flora abound in the many bays and beaches.
Havelock is an historic gold mining town, but is more famous now as the green lipped mussel capital of the world.
Things to do while staying at Pelorus Heights
Meet our pet sheep who all have names and our pet goat Yin Yang, our three dogs and two cats also our free range hens.
Spend the day on the mail boat delivering mail to the outer bays of the Pelorus Sound.
Visit the marine farms: green lipped mussel and salmon farms, see how and where they grow.
Hire a sea kayak for the day.
Fly fish for trout in the Pelorus River (just in front of the house).
Head towards Blenheim and explore the Marlborough wineries, sample the fine Marlborough Savignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines, enjoy a meal at a winery restaurant.
Visit the handmade chocolate factory in Blenheim and try the wares.
See the Omaka Aviation Heritage museum, here you will find one of the world’s largest private collection of WW1 aircraft.
Tramp the local walkways. Try the short walks at Pelorus Bridge and the Havelock walkways. Meander above the Pelorus Sound among the native bush or try one of the longer tramps - the Nadia Track or the famous Queen Charlotte Walkway. The Queen Charlotte Walkway has walking tracks suitable for half and full day tramps.
Take a day trip to the Port of Nelson and relax on the golden sands of Tahunanui Beach.
Meander around the bays to Picton, and watch the Interisland Ferry or have a coffee or meal overlooking the Marina.