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.

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While you're here take time to check out Mt Tapuae-O-Uenuku, visible from many places in Marlborough as well as far afield as Christchurch and Wellington.

Not only does "Tappy" (as it was dubbed by Sir Edmund Hillary) make a magnificent vista, but it also provides a powerful symbol for the rich cultural tapestry of Marlborough, as a sacred mountain of local Maori iwi.

For more of Marlborough's culture take a visit to Omaka Marae and be sure to come for the Marlborough Book Festival in winter, featuring local and nationally renown writers.

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