Heritage, Culture & Arts

Marlborough’s rich history runs wide and deep, from the earliest Polynesian settlers of the Wairau Bar to the first European pioneers who built our towns and planted our first grapevines.

These people, the way they lived their lives and how they dealt with history’s major events has shaped Marlborough into what it is today. Those stories are all here, waiting to be discovered all over again.

Marlborough has a wealth of arts and culture, from art galleries to museums through to concerts and theatre productions.

Follow the Marlborough Arts and Crafts Trail, enjoy a glass of wine while listening to live music at a vineyard or on stage at Marlborough's new ASB Theatre.

Classic Fighters

One of the Southern Hemisphere’s largest and most significant airshows is held in Marlborough every two years.

Classic Fighters is Marlborough’s largest event, attracting 30,000 people for three days of action-packed aviation and land theatre.

Held at Omaka Aerodrome in Blenheim every second Easter, the event involves more than 100 aircraft, including some from the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre collection, together with mock airfield attacks supported by ground theatre and pyrotechnics.

Only at Classic Fighters will you see eight WW1 Fokker Triplanes flying together. The air show also features a Pioneer Race featuring penny farthings, veteran cars and pre-WW1 aircraft, the launch and flight of a German V-1 flying bomb, the world’s sole airworthy Avro Anson Mk.I bomber, New Zealand’s only German Focke-Wulf Fw190 fighter, and the Griffin-powered MkXIV Spitfire.

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