Marlborough Activity Highlights
Marlborough enjoys year-round sunshine and diverse landscape. The region is conducive to an easy-going lifestyle and an excellent range of recreational activities.
Marlborough Activity Highlights Overview
The Marlborough region is a place where you can pick a theme and follow it through. Focus your itinerary on outdoor adventures, vineyards and wineries, arts and crafts, history and gardens or marine pursuits. Better still, mix them up and experience a little of everything this beautiful region has to offer.
Savour the Flavours of Wine Country
Blenheim is the base to begin your explorations of Marlborough's wineries.
- Tour the wineries and breweries with a guide, so you won't have to worry about driving
- Lunch alfresco amongst the vines - many wineries have a cafe or restaurant
- Follow the art and craft trail to see a thriving creative community in action
- Visit a distillery and see how it's done - taste locally produced fruit brandies and liqueurs
Find a Fresh Country Adventure
There's more to Marlborough than wine—see what else happens in this beautiful region.
- Enjoy a high country horse trekking trip
- Explore private gardens open for viewing
- Local museums and restored heritage homes illustrate the early history of the region
- Find out about fly-fishing and hunting tours
- In summer you can do a guided tour of Molesworth Station, a high country farm. View the grandeur and beauty of the mountainous high country
- Take a walk in Wither Hills Farm Park - great views over Marlborough and the Wairau Plains
- Visit an orchard for seasonal fruit, in particular Marlborough cherries (December - January)
- Art galleries offer ever changing exhibitions of local and national artists
- Take a river cruise along the traditional trading route used by the early settlers
- Visit the Alpaca and Llamas just out of Koromiko
Soak Up the Scenery of the Marlborough Sounds
A sound is a valley drowned by the sea—forest and water merge to create a dramatic coastal landscape. The Marlborough Sounds are composed of three sounds: Queen Charlotte Sound, Kenepuru Sound and Pelorus Sound.
- Arrive by sea through the glorious maze of deep coves and bays of Queen Charlotte Sound. Fine restaurants and accommodation lodges beckon
- Explore the town of Picton. European settlement of this area began in the 1840s and many of the early buildings still grace the waterfront
- Go on a sea kayaking safari - guide yourself or join a group
- Walk the Queen Charlotte Track (three - four days) - a popular walkway with many entry and exit points and numerous top class resorts and accommodation providers along its length
- Visit the Edwin Fox, a maritime artifact, situated in Picton
- Dive shipwrecks - the Russian cruise liner Mikhail Lermontov and the wreck of the Hippalos, a 120-year old wooden barque
- Charter a sailing boat and cruise the Sounds - skippers can be hired
Adventures that Begin in Havelock
The charming seaport of Havelock was once a thriving gold-mining town. Today it's a base for further explorations of the sounds.
- Try the local delicacy - green-lipped mussels
- Visit the historic gold mining township of Canvastown, the scenic splendour of Pelorus Bridge Reserve and rural Rai Valley
- Get on board a charter boat and go snapper fishing
- Follow the Nydia Track to Tennyson Inlet - takes two days
- Visit the tiny settlement of French Pass and its offshore island d'Urville
- Do the Pelorus Bridge Walks, 18 kilometres west of Havelock
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Marlborough Region Information
Key information and facts about the Marlborough region.
Major activities and attractions in the Marlborough region.