Here’s what to expect from New Zealand’s newest luxury lodge
Located at the “top of the South”, the perfect half-way point between the North Island and the South Island of New Zealand, The Marlborough Lodge was once a convent in the nearby town of Blenheim, and today is a startling beautiful and rare treat in a region known globally for its outstanding wine (in particular, Sauvignon Blanc). Here are five reasons to check into this sparkling new gem of a lodge.
It’s beautiful at any time of year
Blessed with one of the sunniest climates in all of New Zealand, Marlborough Lodge is just as beautiful in the depths of winter as it is in summer, and unlike other parts of the South Island such as Queenstown, Marlborough doesn’t get cold enough for snow, so you won’t have to worry about using up precious suitcase space with endless thermals and coats. Plus, the lodge décor lends itself to winter days, with plenty of indoor fireplaces, a cozy indoor library and even an outdoor fireplace to warm up next to. In the autumn, the lodge is particularly spectacular thanks to the dozens of surrounding trees that light up red, yellow and orange at this time of year, creating more than a few photo opportunities. And in summer, there’s the oh-so-luxurious in-ground swimming pool to lounge around. Pure bliss in rain, hail or shine.
Just how we love cruising for its book-and-forget style of travelling, The Marlborough Lodge is the best type of lodge – all-inclusive. Just book, check in, relax, and don’t pay a penny more until you’re back at the airport for your departure flight.
Its grounds are nothing short of breathtaking
One of The Marlborough Lodge’s biggest draw-cards is its grounds. Spread across 16 acres, the lodge is positioned between grapevines and gardens, and you’ll find native trees and plants as well as dozens of lavender bushes, veggie patches, citrus trees, chickens and plenty of wooden benches to sit on and admire mother nature at her best. In winter the lodge also has a crystal clear, flowing creek that winds through the grounds and makes its way to the Wairau river and lagoon. The cherry on top? At The Marlborough Lodge you will be woken up each morning the way nature intended – by birdsong.
Its location is hard to beat
The Marlborough Lodge is the only luxury lodge to boast a position quite literally in the middle of Marlborough’s vineyards, meaning the region’s 30-something cellar doors and hours (or days) of wine tasting are a mere hop, skip and jump away. Add to this the fact that the lodge is only a 20-minute drive from the spectacular Marlborough Sounds, and you have gastronomic, beach and adventure-style holidays all within easy reach.
It’s authentically Kiwi
Everything about The Marlborough Lodge experience is authentically New Zealand. Inside you’ll find artworks and furniture by local artists and vendors, rugs on the beds made from New Zealand wool, Marlborough sea salt chocolate in the mini bar and homegrown, fresh, local produce going into each and every meal served in the restaurant. Arriving at The Marlborough Lodge is like being welcomed into your Kiwi friend’s home. The only problem is, you may not want to leave…