which place around marlborough as a base?

Feb 9th, 2008, 05:58 PM
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which place around marlborough as a base?

After tramping Queen Charlotte's Track... i would like to walk the wineries, abel tasman, nelson but i'm not driving, so which would be the best place(s)to stay as a base? any ideas on self catering apartments or cottages, B&Bīs around the area? thankx lavici
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Feb 9th, 2008, 06:03 PM
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I just posted a list of suggestions on your other thread. I'd forgotten when I posted that you wouldn't have a car, but you might be able to get around by bus in the areas I've suggested.
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Feb 9th, 2008, 06:13 PM
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thanks melnq i was hoping you appeared around tonite ( for me it's saturday feb.9th @10.40pm) i i won't have a car. i'll check them out.any self catering cottages or pats around that area that you know of? thankx... lavici
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Feb 9th, 2008, 06:20 PM
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Not to confuse matters, but the Marlborough and the Nelson wine regions are two different areas:

The Marlborough region extends from the Marlborough Sounds to Kaikoura and includes Blenheim, Picton and Seddon.

http://www.marlborough.co.nz/marlborough.asp

The Nelson region includes Nelson, Mapua, Tasman, Upper Moutere, Motueka, and Abel Tasman.

http://www.nelsonnz.com/

I only point this out because I often fail to make this distinction in my posts.

Both regions have beautiful wine.
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Feb 9th, 2008, 06:40 PM
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then i could do both! how many days you would think? 3 days for each area more or less? j
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Feb 9th, 2008, 08:27 PM
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We try to spend a minimum of three nights at each place we visit in NZ and it's worked well for us.
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Feb 10th, 2008, 05:15 PM
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thanks mel...;>
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Feb 11th, 2008, 11:22 PM
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I think you would be surprised at how spread out the wineries are all over Marlborough. There could possibly be a wine tour from Nelson, check out some websites and there are a few nice B & B's in Nelson which are within easy walking of the township. You should make a point of going to the Wearable Art museum, it is quite stunning.
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Feb 13th, 2008, 06:43 PM
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hi kathy nz: i've decided to do just that... stay in the nelson area. i'm checking out several B&Bīs, this is the one for el retiro:
http://www.greenwoodguides.com/displ...ry=new-zealand, it looks to be close to that same area... and i will check out the wine tours, i'd love to go the museum you suggested. thanks... jjj
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Feb 13th, 2008, 09:56 PM
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If you are not driving I cannot see why you would stay at a place that's out in the countryside, it will be impossible to get transport from there. There are a few nice B & B's right in Nelson township itself.
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Feb 14th, 2008, 08:18 AM
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kathy could you recommend any particular ones. you see when i put nelson on trip advisor or greenwood guides some of these places come out as being IN nelson, so i don't know for sure..ther'e one that comes up as the best but it's more than i have for my budget..jj
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Feb 14th, 2008, 09:31 PM
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Yes, I can. It's called Mikonui. Could not be in a more pleasant or convenient position, a short walk to the town centre but still in a residential area with nice homes, people around were very friendly if you take a walk in the mornings or evenings. The email address is on my card from there, if it is still the same one, it is [email protected]
A good website is www.bnb.co.nz if you look at Mikonui on there a map will also pop up. If they are booked out I'm sure the owner will recommend another close by but I would definitely recommend here to someone travelling on their own.
If you are outside of a small town like this you will not have public transport, best to stay in the town environs.
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Feb 15th, 2008, 08:25 PM
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thanks kathy... you are right! i will check them out ASAP
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