The Marlborough Sounds
Start your day touring the Marlborough Sounds – comprising one-fifth of New Zealand’s coastline.
Visit Ship Cove (Captain Cook’s favourite New Zealand anchorage) and Motuara Island, one of four uninhabited wildlife reserve islands in the Queen Charlotte Sound. Look out for dolphins, seals, orca and the rare King Shag along the way. Stay at a secluded lodge and enjoy relaxing beside the sea.
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.
These are just ideas to get you started, you can easily spend a few weeks here.