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Sports and leisure

Whether you're playing a round of golf, swimming or getting on the water, Marlborough takes sport and leisure seriously.

The whole region - Blenheim, Picton, Havelock townships and surrounds - has easy access to brilliant sports and leisure activities.

  1. Marlborough Golf Club
  2. Rarangi Golf Club
  3. Nopera Golf Club
  4. Picton Golf Club
  5. Blenheim Golf Club
  6. Awatere Golf Club
  7. Aquatic centre
  8. Whites Bay
  9. Governors Bay
  10. Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
  11. Wairau River swimming spots
Mondo Kopua

Mondo Kopua Biking enthusiast

“The thing I love about Marlborough, which you see when you cycle it, is the diversity of the landscape. We’ve got high country like up the Awatere Valley, then the Richmond Range, the Marlborough Sounds and all the rivers. Personally I’m an open country, high country farm sort of person. I love getting up in the hills.”

My insider guide to Marlborough

Whites Bay

Whites Bay, just over the hill from Rarangi, between Picton and Blenheim, is a brilliant safe bay for swimming with a white, sandy beach and sheltered bay.

There's not just swimming, either - go up to the lookout for a great view, check out the rockpools or go down the natural sand slide.

There's a Department of Conservation camping ground here too if you'd like to stick around for a while, or bring your mountain bike and ride the Whites Bay Loop Track - a brilliant downhill trail.

A range of walks for abilities can also be accesed near Whites Bay. Short walks include Pukatea Walk, Monkey Bay Walk, Rarangi-Whites Bay Track and Black Jack Track. Alonger option is Mount Robertson Track, an 8-9 hour return walk which climbs through mature forest and ridgelines. 

Getting to Whites Bay

From SH1 turn off at Tuamarina into Hunter Rd, left into Pembers Rd/Rarangi Rd, and follow left into Rarangi Beach Rd. Take sharp left into Port Underwood Rd and follow to the campsite.

From Picton
Drive 30 minutes | 32 km

From Blenheim
Drive 25 minutes | 23 km

Whites Bay Campsite

Whites Bay Campsite

67 non-powered/tent sites

Brilliant scenery close to the beach, great for surfing, walking, fishing, swimming and kayaking.

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