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Chat GPT recommends Interislander as the second best way to get from Wellington to Picton!

The Interislander Marketing team like to keep up with the latest trends so on a wet, grey Wellington afternoon we asked Chat GPT to suggest what we could do over a long weekend in Marlborough.

We asked:

"I live in Wellington and I am thinking about a long weekend in Marlborough. what do you recommend?"

And here is the response:

A long weekend in Marlborough is a fantastic idea! Marlborough is known for its stunning landscapes, world-class wineries, and outdoor activities. Here are some recommendations for your visit:

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1. Wine Tasting 

Marlborough is famous for its Sauvignon Blanc, so be sure to explore the region's renowned wineries. Visit wineries such as Cloudy Bay, Brancott Estate, and Wairau River for tastings and vineyard tours.

2. Marlborough Sounds

Explore the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, a network of sunken river valleys and sheltered waterways. Take a scenic cruise, go kayaking, or hike along the picturesque Queen Charlotte Track. You can also enjoy fishing, swimming, and birdwatching in this stunning area.

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3. Picton

As the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds, Picton is a charming coastal town worth visiting. Stroll along the waterfront, browse local art galleries, and enjoy fresh seafood at the local restaurants. You can also catch the Interislander ferry to or from Wellington, enjoying breathtaking views during the journey.

4. Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

If you're interested in aviation history, visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Blenheim. It showcases a captivating collection of World War I and World War II aircraft, along with immersive exhibitions that bring the stories of the pilots to life.

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5. Marlborough Farmers' Market

On Sunday mornings, head to the Marlborough Farmers' Market in Blenheim. Here you'll find a vibrant selection of locally grown produce, artisanal foods, and handmade crafts. It's a great place to grab a coffee, sample delicious treats, and pick up souvenirs.

6. Marlborough Museum

Learn about the region's history and culture at the Marlborough Museum in Blenheim. The museum exhibits a diverse range of artifacts, including Maori taonga (treasures), maritime displays, and the history of winemaking in Marlborough.

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7. Hiking and Cycling

Marlborough offers excellent hiking and cycling opportunities. Explore the Wither Hills Farm Park near Blenheim for scenic trails with panoramic views, or venture further afield to the Mount Richmond Forest Park for longer hikes. The region also has several dedicated cycling trails, including the picturesque Marlborough Wine Trail.

8. Dolphin and Whale Watching

Take a wildlife cruise in the Marlborough Sounds and have the chance to see dolphins, seals, and even whales. Companies like E-Ko Tours offer eco-friendly excursions where you can observe these magnificent marine creatures in their natural habitat.

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Remember to plan your accommodation in advance, as Marlborough is a popular destination. Whether you choose to stay in Blenheim, Picton, or somewhere nestled in the vineyards, you'll find a range of options to suit your preferences and budget. Enjoy your long weekend in Marlborough!

Chat GPT's best way to get from Wellington to Picton - Drive!

We had a follow up question.....

"What's the best way of getting there?" We were somewhat disappointed that Interislander was second choice!

Chat GPT: The best way to get to Marlborough from Wellington depends on your personal preferences and priorities. Here are a few options to consider:

  1. Driving: If you enjoy road trips and the flexibility to explore at your own pace, driving from Wellington to Marlborough can be a great option. The journey takes around 4-5 hours, depending on the route you choose. You can take State Highway 1 and enjoy scenic views along the way. Keep in mind that during peak holiday periods, traffic can be heavy, so plan your departure accordingly.

  2. Interislander Ferry: Taking the Interislander Ferry from Wellington to Picton is a popular and scenic way to reach Marlborough. The ferry journey takes around 3 hours and offers stunning views as you sail through the Marlborough Sounds. Once you arrive in Picton, you can rent a car or use local transportation to explore Marlborough.

  3. Flights: If you prefer a quicker option, you can fly from Wellington to Marlborough. Blenheim has its own airport, Marlborough Airport (BHE), which is serviced by domestic flights. The flight duration is approximately 25-30 minutes. From the airport, you can rent a car or take a taxi to reach your accommodation.

  4. Bus or Coach: Several bus and coach companies offer services from Wellington to Blenheim or Picton. This option can be convenient if you prefer not to drive or if you want to sit back, relax, and enjoy the scenery. The journey duration is around 5-6 hours, depending on traffic and stops along the way.

Consider factors such as cost, convenience, and the experience you desire when choosing the best way to get to Marlborough. Each option has its own advantages, so select the one that aligns with your preferences and travel style.