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!

Beryl Bowers

"I am so lucky to live here with the mountains and the bush clad hills reaching the sea. The beauty of this region is amazing and nowhere else in the world have I seen such stunning scenery."

top Must Dos

Stay in the Marlborough Sounds

Stay in the Marlborough Sounds

Marlborough Heritage

Fresh Marlborough seafood

The ship Edwin Fox

Visit boutique wineries

Whaling station

Picton Maritime Festival

Cellar doors with wine & more

My favourite place

Picton and the Marlborough Sounds

Describe yourself and what you do in 3 words/phrases

A short excited person, caring and community focused - Enthusiastic about everything. My glass is always full.

What I do – I co-ordinate two events in Picton with the help of other volunteers.

Picton Maritime Festival Trust – this is an annual festival for the Marlborough community. It is free to enter and is held in January and is a 12 hour festival for families and friends. The purpose of the festival is to raise funds and to create a fundraising platform for other non-profit organisations, thereby providing support for the benefit of needy and deserving groups, individuals, community organisations and projects within the Marlborough community, particularly with the emphasis towards youth. The festival is in its 13th year.

Picton Christmas Parade & Carols is a small event celebrating the start of the Festive season. The community get behind this event by decorating their vehicles or submitting a float for the street parade. The Carols are sung on the foreshore whilst awarding the winning floats. I love putting this together and see the families all gather to see Santa on Marlborough Lines sleigh. A fabulous fun day for families.

I am also part of Picton Smart and Connected. This was set up by MDC to get more voice from the community. I am on the Library, Arts & Heritage and Public Spaces sub committees as well as the steering group.

Where is my favourite place in Marlborough?

There is so much to do in Marlborough it is very hard to choose, but if I had to it would be Picton and the Marlborough Sounds – I am so lucky to live here with the mountains and the bush clad hills reaching the sea. The beauty of this region is amazing and nowhere else in the world have I seen such stunning scenery.

If you had three days in Marlborough how would you spend this time?

Marlborough has many world class walkways including the Queen Charlotte Track and the soon to be completed Link Pathway, so I would spend one day walking. My choice would be the Ships Cove  to Furneaux Lodge section of the Queen Charlotte Track. There would be an opportunity to see dolphins and perhaps orcas, as well as our beautiful native birds, the population of which is increasing after the establishment of the Kaipupu Point Reserve. At the conclusion of the walk, a trip to one of the many local Picton cafes for a well-earned drink and meal, would round off a beautiful day.

The second day would find me at our world class Aviation Centre, with a stop along the way at one of our many wineries.

My choice for the 3rd day would be back in Picton where I would visit the historic Edwin Fox and the Picton Museum. So much history of our region is to be found in these venues, including our whaling past.

Marlborough has some delicious local cuisine being produced right here. What’s my favourite local bite to eat?

I am a fisherman’s daughter – our Dad couldn’t open the sack of Pacific Oysters quick enough for us to devour them. Scallops would be delivered in ice cream containers all shucked and ready to cook. I love Groper, Mussels, Paua, Salmon, although kina is not something I have ever acquired a taste for.

Marlborough carries a lot of important heritage and history, what is your favourite local story?

I would tell my own story. I am very much a local - fourth generation – my daughter fifth and granddaughter sixth. My Great Grandfather and Great Grandmother arrived in Whatamonga in the 1850’s. They were on a small scooner sheltering in the sounds from a raging southerly headed for Nelson. They had come all the way from Kilbride in Scotland. Firstly to Melbourne Australia and then onto NZ. When they spotted Whatamonga Bay my Great Grandfather said “let us off here. This place reminds me of home.”

And so my family, the McCormick’s have lived in Marlborough ever since. They were farmers and the story goes that my Great Grandmother knitted gloves for the Maori women who came into the bay in their Wakas. Mt McCormick, which stands proudly behind Whatamonga, was named after my family.

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