Marlborough is all about wine – right? Wrong! Marlborough has a wide range of attractions and activities to keep you busy.

Wairau Valley may look like its all about grapes, but dig deeper, there’s so much more.

Na Clachan Cottages is a great base to explore Blenheim and Marlborough.  We get many guests staying in our accommodation for one night who leave saying “I didn’t know there was so much to do here.  I wish we could stay longer.”  It seems the range of Marlborough attractions and activities remains a secret and many travellers think wine is all we have to offer.

Perhaps the international success of Marlborough wines is part of the problem.  Most travellers have heard of the reputation of Marlborough wines, particularly our sauvignon blanc and because that is all they have heard, that is all they think we offer.  Even in the wine world, many guests who take a wine tour around the Marlborough area are surprised by the range and styles of wine available.  Not only do the majority of travellers think we only do wine here, they also think we only do sauvignon blanc.

It is time for the blinkers to be removed. Marlborough is about so much more than just wine!

Wairau Valley View
Wairau Valley view from The Ned

There is plenty to keep you busy if you stay a few days longer in Blenheim.  Within half an hour’s drive of your accommodation at Na Clachan Cottages we have museums, art galleries, craft workshops and displays, shopping, town gardens, golf courses, a driving range, a fantastic new pool and sports complex, ten pin bowling, paintball, walks along rivers, walks up hills, walks in farmland, walks in forests, walks on beaches, opportunities for fishing, kayaking, mail boat cruises, river cruises, scenic flights, wildlife tours.

Take time to visit the renowned Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum, home to Sir Peter Jackson’s collection of  WWI planes.  Many are set in amazing tableau designed by Weta Workshops.  You don’t need to be a plane enthusiast to enjoy a visit, for someone like me the planes are props in the stories of ordinary people doing extraordinary things.  Visit Blenheim at Easter (odd years) and you can see many of these planes at the Easter Air Show.

Oh and of course there are wineries where you can sample a range of cool climate wines either independently or with one of the local wine tour companies.  There are plenty of options for tours, including private tours, group tours and tours by bike.


Or you could just have a lazy day with lunch at one of the many restaurants that serve excellent local food in stunning settings.  We are happy to provide some advice on places that match your tastes and to make a booking for you.