The Marlborough Sounds contain a fifth of New Zealand's coastline and are a must-see for every visitor. A wonderful way of achieving this would be to go on a Greenshell Mussel Cruise. Alternatively, we suggest you drive to Picton, where water taxis are readily available to whisk you across the water for a day-trip or a Sounds restaurant of your choosing.
The region is world-famous for its myriad award-winning Sauvignon Blancs, with renowned labels like Cloudy Bay, Villa Maria, and St Clair, which are all a short drive from the cottage, as well as many smaller, beautifully-presented boutique wineries. These smaller wineries shouldn't be missed, there are some real superstars out there! Each tastes equally delicious from Brookby Ridge Cottage’s deck at sunset. Drive yourselves around, hire bikes or go on one of the local wine tours. There are also a number of distilleries and breweries in the area.
Spend time in the remarkable Sir Peter Jackson-supported Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre (especially on those wet days), heralded as one of the world’s greatest small museums, or play a round of golf on one of the several nearby golf courses.
The local Farmers Market is on Sundays but there are plenty of other opportunities to forage for local produce, particularly in summer when you can pick your own fruit. The region is particularly known for honey, pine nuts, saffron, wild game, and seafood.
If you are a keen cyclist, there are a number of bike trails including Wither Hills Mountain Bike Park, Conders Bend, and Whites Bay. We also recommend a walk in Wither Hills Farm Park.
Alternatively, take the opportunity to relax and let the world pass you by from the privacy of the cottage.