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.

Artists and performing arts

Studios, galleries and artists

The Millennium Public Art Gallery near Te Waiharakeke/Blenheim’s Seymour Square is the perfect place to start exploring Marlborough’s arts scene.

From there be sure to check out what’s exhibiting at one of the many galleries throughout the region. The Marlborough Arts Trail features 10 local artists, signposted around the region. Look out for the roadside signage for other artists in the region, along the popular tourist routes. Pick up the official Marlborough visitor guide from the Blenheim or Picton i-SITEs for more information on the artists.

While you’re in Blenheim, relax with a coffee along the Taylor River in Blenheim beside Marlborough’s latest kinetic sculpture by leading New Zealand sculptor Phil Price.

In Waitohi/Picton, take in the growing number of great art galleries, and be sure to do the scenic drive to Motuweka/Havelock via Queen Charlotte Drive to visit the many local artists who have their galleries along the way.

Also check out the Marlborough Artisan Market on Market Place in Blenheim, every Saturday from the first Saturday in October until Easter Saturday from 9.30am-2pm.

Music & theatre

The region boasts a wealth of music and theatre performances from local artists, alongside renowned national and international visiting artists.

Performances are based in local theatres as well as vineyards and other outdoor venues.

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