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Tour operators Explore Marlborough collect us in the morning and drive us to nearby Blenheim. At the Vine Village we pick up rental bikes and pedal off to taste the glorious efforts of Nautilus, Famingham, Bladen and Wairau River vineyards, cycling between them on wide, flat and safe cycle paths.

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Explore Marlborough (exploremarlborough.co.nz) offers guided cycle tours and selfguided bike-hire options from a container base next to the Vines Village on Rapaura Road.

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Woman’s Day - March 2017

“Who knew cycling and wine-tasting was such a good combination? Obviously, Karen and Andy, who run Explore Marlborough guided wine tours… a sensational, social sightseeing experience.”

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Backpacker Guide NZ - February 2017

“So many aspects to this winery cycling tour and the wealth of vineyards visited… definitely not a bad way to get between wineries.”

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New Zealand Herald - August 2016

A bike tour is the best way to go – that way you get around a few tastings and don’t have to worry about driving. My guide Basil, from Explore Marlborough, is a lovely retired man who used to be a scientist in Wellington but now spends his time making olive oil and showing visitors around.”


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Toronto Star - July 2016

“With verdant valleys ringed by crumpled mountains, one of the best ways to explore the area’s expansive vineyards and wineries is on a wine tasting bicycle tour with Explore Marlborough.”

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Experience OZ and NZ - 2015

The Top 10 Things to do in Marlborough, NZ: “numerous winery tour operators are available which can both set you up with a full day’s itinerary covering several of the best venues while allowing yourself the chance to indulge and not worry about the drive back after drinking, of which Explore Marlborough come highly recommended.”

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NZ Herald Travel Section - 2013

“Our guide Norm from Explore Marlborough Tours made it all so easy… I would highly recommend this as a great way to see a variety of vineyards… a fabulous way to really experience one of the country’s most beautiful wine regions.”

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