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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.

» Marlborough Activities Directory

Savour the Flavours of Wine Country

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Biking a wine trail in Marlborough, New Zealand
Biking Wine Trail
Marlborough, New Zealand
Photographer: Ian Trafford
(www.iantraffordphotos.com)

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.

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Kayaking with orca in Marlborough Sounds, Marlborough, New Zealand
Kayaking With Orca
Marlborough, New Zealand
Photographer: Ian Trafford
(www.iantraffordphotos.com)
  • 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.

Image Source: Tourism New Zealand. Picton in Marlborough
Picton, Marlborough
New Zealand
Photographer: Ivor Wilkins
(ivorw@xtra.co.nz)
  • 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

» Marlborough Sounds Information

» Marlborough Sounds Travel Directory

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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