The Marlborough region is New Zealand’s leading wine producing area. Its weather conditions are ideal for growing the cool-climate Sauvignon Blanc grape (and for cycling!) – extremely dry, warm and sunny days complemented by cool nights.
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With over 40 winery cellar doors in the area, there is no shortage of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, and Gewurztraminer to be enjoyed after a day on the bike.
After crossing the cook straight you'll arrive in beautiful Picton which not only offers beautiful views of the sounds, but has a pleasing variety of accommodation options, waterfront cafes specializing in the area's fresh seafood (think Marlborough salmon and greenshell mussels) and art and craft shops. If you're a seafood lover, plan your visit in March for the annual Havelock Mussel Festival and taste the local juicy greenshell mussels farmed at Havelock Village. The Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds offers half and full day options to multiday options offering walking, mountain biking and sea kayaking combinations.