John & Paulette Hansen
Stonehaven Homestay
414 Rapaura Rd, RD3
New Zealand

ph (03) 572 9730




A suggestion of what to see and do for a multiday stay using STONEHAVEN HOMESTAY as a base.

There is lots to see and do here in the “Top of the South” and these ideas might help you plan your holiday using us as a base, saving you the trouble of finding accommodation in other locations.

A 4 day option could be as follows:


DAY 1.

Marlborough and especially Blenheim is mostly about wine. Our Sauvignon blanc is known throughout the world, closely followed by our Pinot noir. We now have over 45 wineries so it makes good sense to spend a day wine tasting. The land here is flat so why not hire our bikes and spend a leisurely day cycling to the various wineries tasting our wonderful wines. We also have eight 50cc scooters for hire. Try a scooter for a fun-filled day scooting around the region. Take in the magnificent scenery, visit the 'world-class' aviation museum, visit the wineries that serve delicious lunches and olive oils for tasting.

We are the closest Homestay to Cloudy Bay winery, 2.5 kilometers away and there are plenty of wineries within a 6 kilometer easy bike ride. Scooters make travelling further afield easy - there's plenty to see and do!

Wine tours are available should you wish to sit back and relax while you tour the wineries.


DAY 2.

How about a day surrounded by whales, dolphins and seals? A breathtaking drive to Kaikoura, {Kai means food and koura means crayfish (lobster) in Maori }, will take you about 1.5 hours drive South of Blenheim on State Highway 1 to “Whale Watch” Kaikoura. Watch out for the seals on the rocks as you drive South.

Whale watch has a 95% success rate of visitors sighting a Sperm whale, sometimes several, and the hundreds of dolphins you can sometimes see will take your breath away.


DAY 3.

A drive to Nelson and/or Motueka via the Nelson Lakes National Park will give you a great insight to our magnificent Wairau valley. {Wai means water and Rau means many}. The Wairau river is one of the last 7 untouched braided rivers in NZ and is a sanctuary for many migratory birds. Try and catch a big brown trout as most of the river is open all year for anglers. The surrounding Richmond ranges rise to 1800 meters and are snow capped during winter making this drive alongside the Wairau river, one of the most scenic here in Marlborough.

After 1 hours drive you will arrive at Lake Rotoiti, {Roto means lake and Iti means little}, where the view across the lake surrounded by high mountains is the equal of anywhere in the world. Here you can take a walk along the lake edge through pristine native Beech forests or take a water taxi ride across and around the lake.

Then head North to either Motueka or Nelson for a walk around the shops and why not visit some of the many artists that reside in Nelson. A visit to the “Wearable Art & Classic Car Museum” is a must.

The Nelson area also has many notable wineries to visit. From Nelson it is around 1.5 hours drive via Havelock, back to Blenheim.

DAY 4.

You must see the Queen Charlotte Sounds. There are many options here but a day cruising the sounds and walking part of the Queen Charlotte Track will take you back in time to when Capt. James Cook landed at Ships Cove to rest and take on water. You can land at this very spot and walk to Furneaux Lodge, {4-5 hours for a slow walker}, to be picked up again by your boat and returned to Picton. If you have walked enough you can spend the whole day on the boat visiting the many “drop off and pick up” ports along the Queen Charlotte Track. “Cougar Line” does this so well.


I could keep going with many other places to visit here in Marlborough but there is the rest of the South Island to see as well. I hope these suggestions may help you to plan your visit here a bit easier and if we can help in any way with bookings or further advice, just ask.

We give a 10% discount for a stay of 5 days or more.

Here are some more local attraction suggestions for your consideration;

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Scenic Flights.

Dolphin / Bird Sanctuary.

Mail Boat Cruises-Pelorus & Marlborough Sounds.

Sea Kayaking-Marlborough Sounds.

Greenshell Mussel Cruise.

Wine Tours.

Trout Fishing.