Marlborough is situated on the top of the South Island and is one of the sunniest regions in New Zealand. This region is also the premium wine area for the country and some world famous brands such as Montana and Corbans have their vineyards here.
Blenheim is the biggest town in the region and is ideally located as a base for those interested in doing one of the many wine tasting tours that are available. Picton and Havelock are the next 2 biggest towns. Picton is the arrival and departure point for the Interisland ferry between the North and South Islands.
The Interisland ferry passes through the scenic Marlborough Sounds a network of extensive waterways dotted with small islands. Some of the sounds are over 60 km long in length. The Interisland ferries pass though Queen Charlotte Sound one of three major waterways. From the ferry you can view homes and some lodges tucked away in the rainforest and overlooking the water. Most of these homes are only accessible by boat or walking tracks. Sounds are tehnically drowned valleys and are not to be confused with the fiords of Fiordland which are drowned glaciated valleys.
The Queen Charlotte Track is a popular walk and shows off the best of the Marlborough Sounds. At 67 kilometres long (41 miles) it starts at Ship Cove and ends in Anakiwa or vice versa. It takes three to four days to walk and if that is too long, then you can walk a section of the track.