Heritage, Culture & Arts

Marlborough’s rich history runs wide and deep, from the earliest Polynesian settlers on Te Pokohiwi-o-Kupe/Wairau, Bar to the European pioneers who built towns and planted our first grapevines.

These people, the way they lived, 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 in the places where they happened or in our galleries, museums, art and theatre productions.

Classic Fighters Airshow

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

Attracting 30,000 people for three days of action-packed aviation and land theatre, the airshow is held at Omaka Aerodrome in Te Waiharakeke/Blenheim. It attracts a huge variety of aircraft from around the country, as well as Marlborough’s very own Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre collection.

You’ll see pre-World War 1-era aircraft, fighter and bomber aircraft from both world wars, glamorous art-deco machines from the 'golden age' of aviation, military trainers and post-war machines right to the jet age.

The aircraft come together with mock airfield attacks supported by ground theatre and pyrotechnics, as well as period vehicles and incredible set decorations for gripping performances.

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