For those wanting a cultural experience, the following itinerary showcases the best of Marlborough’s art, culture and heritage.


Day 1 – Marlborough Sounds

Day 1 – Marlborough Sounds

Start your day touring the Marlborough Sounds with Beachcomber Cruises or Dolphin Watch and Nature Tours.

Visit Ship Cove (Captain Cook’s favourite New Zealand anchorage) and Motuara Island, one of four reserve islands in the Queen Charlotte Sounds not inhabited by humans. Look out for dolphins and seals along the way! Stay at Lochmara Lodge and enjoy exploring their indoor and outdoor Arts Centre showcasing New Zealand artists.

Day 2 – art and history

Day 2 – art and history

Visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Blenheim, which brings to life the heroes of World War One aviation with an unparalleled collection and dramatic lifelike scenes.

Spend the rest of the day browsing the many art and craft galleries and local gardens. Collect a copy of the Art & Craft Trail map from the local i-SITE Visitor Centres for a self-guided experience.

Looking for more? Visit a local Maori marae with Maori Experiences. Here you will experience a traditional welcome, sample Maori food, participate in an interactive cultural activity and learn about the significance of the carved meeting house.

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