A rare King Shag in the Marlborough Sounds, New Zealand
  • Bird life

    Kiwi, native falcon & rare king shag

  • Marine life

    Dolphins, orca, seals & more

  • Wildlife

    Visit island sanctuaries

  • Coastal Gem

    Long Island Marine Reserve


Wildlife & Conservation

Endangered kiwi and various native birds including the King Shag thrive on predator-free islands in the Marlborough Sounds, as well as tuatara, gecko and native frogs.

The winding waterways of the sounds hold dolphins, stingrays, seals, and even orca and whales on their seasonal migration.

Back on dry land, the Picton Heritage and Whaling Museum hosts interesting rich stories of the region's whaling history.

Other ways to immerse yourself in Marlborough's wildlife and conservation is to Kayak on the Wairau Lagoons, cruise close to a multitude of New Zealand bird species, or visit the rare population of bats being protected at the Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve. Stroll the wildlife trail at Lochmara Lodge, or discover more about the award-winning sustainability practices at Yealands Estate winery.


Wineries like Yealands Estate and Spy Valley are committed to improving their sustainability practices.

Yealands is a carboNZero certified winery and the company has implemented a number of initiatives to improve energy efficiency, including the installation of solar power, the introduction of babydoll sheep to minimise weed spraying and lawn mowing, and the development of more than 25 wetland areas.

Family owned Spy Valley Wines flicked the switch as the first solar producing winery in New Zealand.

A growing number of Marlborough wine companies are certified organic.

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