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is the Marlborough wine festival worth visiting? Also, if we are not into extreem sports is the Takaka/Golden Bay area worth a visit

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Yes it is worth going it is very good with many people wil visit it fgrom over seas very beautiful country side there with very good wine trips that a person can visit
Bryan scott
The Marlborough wine festival is very good to visit. You will be glad you went. Also Takaka and Golden Bay is absolutely beautiful........there are some very nice beaches and scenic coastlines up there and now that we are coming into summer you can take advantage of this area being one of new zealands most sunshine hour regions in new zealand. You can even go further to collingwood and take a trip right out to farewell spit.
Marlborough is a must see, and if you can make the festival, even better! This wine reigon is famous for putting NZ wine on the world map. Takaka is amazing. Take some sturdy walking shoes and your good to go!
Not really. There are many other wine growing region always promoting festival types
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The Marlborough Wine Festival is New Zealand's longest running and most successful wine festival. Come and sample a unique selection of Marlborough wines along with some delicious local produce and gourmet cuisine. The festival has something for everyone including wine tutorials with the regions' leading winemakers and viticulturists, the Fashion in the Vines competition, the food and wine matching competition and fantastic entertainment from some of New Zealand's leading performers. This is definately worth visiting.

The climb from Motueka has revealed superb views over Tasman Bay to Nelson and beyond, but once the summit of Takaka Hill is crossed, at 791 metres above sea level, Golden Bay suddenly appears with startling beauty. From Harwood Lookout the zig-zagging highway below leads the eye to the green valley of the Takaka River running north towards the distant sea, while beyond the valley rise the dramatic Tasman Mountains, home to the country's most spectacular alpine meadows. Far below is the village of Upper Takaka, but the road is easier on this side - it's only 15 minutes down.

In your haste to get to Golden Bay you may have missed one or two sights at the top of the Marble Mountain - don't worry, you'll be driving back this way in a few days. The Bay is a hidden paradise with only one road in and out. Just before the actual summit is the unsealed road to Canaan (one of the Lord of the Rings sites). Some 12 kms along this road and after a 40 minute walk from the carpark is the heart-stopping 183 metre deep Harwood's Hole. Beyond are the walking tracks of the Abel Tasman National Park and, for mountain bike enthusiasts, the exciting Rameka Track down to Takaka.

Breaks in your journey can be made at the top of the hill to enjoy the breathtaking views of the world below from lookout points and short walks at either side. You may choose to go down into the mountain itself at the Ngarua Caves. If time, weather and fitness permit, the Takaka Hill Walkway takes you through both fantastic marble landscapes and remnant forest.



Takaka Valley
The descent from the Marble Mountain ends abruptly at the gentle valley floor. To the left is the turn off up to the Cobb Valley, one of the gateways to the Kahurangi National Park. The main road follows down the valley hugging the base of the Pikikiruna Range. The "Marble Mountain" is a colloquial name as it is the source of New Zealand's only quality marble rock. Marble extracted from quarries in the area was used in the construction of Parliament Buildings and Nelson Cathedral. Beautiful marble of various colours and textures is now the inspirational material for several well known Golden Bay sculptors.
The next stretch of your journey follows gently down the fertile Takaka valley. Enjoy the views of the mountains to either side. Drivers, remember please to give way when necessary at single lane bridges (we still have a few here in Golden Bay), and watch out for the chance to stop and sample some locally produced salami.

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I am sure from this information you will agree that the Takaka Golden Bay is definately worth a visit Mitchell Pennells Localyte from LOCAL IS BETTER PMB SA
Sure !
you will miss a lot if you don't visit it.
& the Golden Bay, is awesome for camping.
it is recommended for doing a lot of sport activities, but you can have fun in it :)

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