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.

Artists and performing arts

Studios, galleries and artists

The Millennium Public Art Gallery near 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.

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

Check out the Marlborough Artisan Market on Saturdays, 9.30am-1.30pm, Wynen Street Carpark, Blenheim.

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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