Insider Guides

We believe travelling is all about finding those cool, hidden spots only the locals know about. Meet some of our real locals who know the region inside out!

Alice Taylor
Alice Taylor

"I would spend my time traversing the valley- by starting at the coast - Rarangi Beach, driving up the Awatere Valley up to Lake Rotoiti and driving back down the valley to catch a boat out to Meretoto/Ship Cove in Totaranui/Queen Charlotte Sound. "

My
top Must Dos

Visit Ship Cove

Visit Ship Cove

Walk the Queen Charlotte Track

My favourite place

Rapaura Road
Alicetaylor

Describe yourself and what you do in 3 words/phrases

Curious, independent, loyal

• Responsible for organising the commemorations of the First Encounters between Maori and Europeans in Marlborough beginning in 2019.
• Working to engage with and work alongside the wealth of knowledge and talent in our community to ensure that our commemorations are far reaching and enduring
• Working to ensure that our commemorations touch all people in some sense starting from this year so that they have a better understanding of the significance of this wonderful region -starting with the place name Totaranui being the Maori name for the Queen Charlotte Sound.

Where is your favourite place in Marlborough?

My parents home on Rapaura Road near Spring Creek. My grandfather was born in this house, and for me standing on the lawn looking out towards the hills I am reminded that this region is my turangawaewae….

If you had only 3 days in Marlborough, how would you spend the time?

I would spend my time traversing the valley- by starting at the coast - Rarangi Beach, driving up the Awatere Valley up to Lake Rotoiti and driving back down the valley to catch a boat out to Meretoto/Ship Cove in Totaranui/Queen Charlotte Sound. Stopping along the way to eat and drink the variety of local produce on offer.

We are celebrating Totoranui 250 in 2020, what is it about the coastlines in Marlborough that made it one of Captain James Cooks favourite places to stop?

I believe that it was the same reason that people continue to come here- the connections with people, the wealth of food from our land and sea and a welcoming and sheltered respite from sailing on a vast ocean.

The Marlborough region holds a lot of important heritage and history, with much of it available to go and see the sites today. What is the stand out piece for you?

For me it is Meretoto/Ship Cove. This is one of the four landing sites in New Zealand that can acknowledge the First Encounters between Maori and Europeans ( namely Captain James Cook and his crew, including Tupaia on the Endeavour) that has shaped our nation hood.

Dual Heritage - Shared Future He rae ki te rae, he ihu ki te ihu, Te hau ka rere, te ha ka tau
A meeting of peoples, a mixing of cultures, a blending of heritage, a sharing of future

He rae ki te rae, he ihu ki te ihu, Te Hau ka rere, te ha ka tau
A meeting of peoples, a mixing of cultures, a blending of heritage, a sharing of future.

 

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