Spot dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds, visit eco trails surrounding resorts, and walk amid endangered wildlife on island sanctuaries. Explore Marlborough’s passion for aviation, on the ground or in the air, or experience our cycling and walking trails. Something for the whole family.
Day 1 – Marlborough Sounds
Start your morning in Picton and catch a water taxi out to Lochmara Lodge in the Queen Charlotte Sound.
Hand feed kakariki (NZ native parrot), hunt for wild wetas, enjoy the safe swimming beach, kayak around the sheltered coastline, go on the Great New Zealand Art Hunt and enjoy fabulous food in the café. From Lochmara Lodge, head back to Picton in time for a Dolphin Watch and Nature Tours cruise out to Motuara Island bird sanctuary, one of four reserve islands in the Queen Charlotte Sounds, for a guided nature walk. Keep an eye out for dolphins and seals en route!
For something a little different, experience Beachcomber Cruises Mailboat Cruise. Help deliver the mail and crucial supplies to those who live in secluded bays throughout the Marlborough Sounds.
Stay the night at Park Regis Picton and enjoy Picton's picturesque foreshore with mini golf, children's playground and marina.
Day 2 – Blenheim
Transfer to Blenheim and visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, which brings to life the heroes of World War One aviation with an unparalleled collection and dramatic lifelike scenes. World-renowned Weta Workshop and Wingnut Films, responsible for Lord of the Rings, created the sets which make this attraction world class and of interest to anyone!
Enjoy a long lunch at a local café and take a walk through Wither Hills Farm Park in the afternoon, a network of walks with views over the vineyard-studded Wairau Plains.
If visiting on a Sunday, head down to the A&P Showgrounds for the Marlborough Farmers Market. Taste your way around the stallholders, listen to the sounds of local musicians, see a local chef in action and listen to the resident storyteller.
Some of our favourite things to do in and around Marlborough.