Wellington to Marlborough

A journey from the capital up across the Strait and into Blenheim lets you see so much of a stunning part of the world.

It’s really accessible and safe via a campervan rental, and if you do it right, you’re not going to be on the road for more than a couple of hours at a time. There’s so much to see – and it’s all so close, you’re going to have a hell of a time.

Location start and finish:

Wellington to Marlborough

Time Recommended:

5-7 days

Key Locations:

Wellington, Picton, Nelson, Motueka and Blenheim


The trip begins in Wellington – our nation’s vibrant capital full of interesting faces and places. 

Image by Lucky RentalsCafe-hop your way round and soak up the art, culture and natural beauty of Welly the windy city. We recommend a long black at Fidel’s to fuel the exploring. Don’t miss Te Papa either, a museum that’s far from boring.

Picton’s up next, and to get here you’ll need to board a ferry and cross the Cook Strait – the body of water that separates the North and South Islands of Aotearoa. Image by Lucky Rentals

The views on the way across are breathtaking, it really is an awesome way to travel. On arrival in picturesque Picton you’ll be right on the Abel Tasman’s doorstep. Here you can walk or kayak through this breathtaking natural park, spotting seals and dolphins on your way.

From Picton, we reckon head to Nelson.

The sunniest city in New Zealand is full of creative types and natural wonders. Golden beaches line the coast, untouched forests border the city and then if you look up you’ll see the rugged mountains that border the pure Nelson lakes. The lakes are well worth the day trip.

Don’t miss Motueka, or ‘Mot’ as it’s more affectionately known.

The region’s worst kept secret boasts three national parks on its doorstep and is minutes from the golden sand of Kaiteri. Image by Lucky RentalsPeruse the quaint wee craft shops and pick yourself up a nick nack or two to remember your trip.

Blenheim’s the perfect place to end your tour of the middle of the country.

Reflect on your adventure with a glass of vino from one of the region’s world class vineyards then gather yourself for a trip to the stunning Marlborough Sound.