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Planning your business event, conference, convention or incentive group in Marlborough is easy and, in a region known for its warm, genuine hospitality, will set your event apart from the rest.

Marlborough has a wide selection of unique venues that specialise in organising and hosting events of all kinds and sizes. This is truly the ideal place to welcome your delegates, clients or colleagues for a successful and memorable event.

Contact Business Events Marlborough by emailing here or call the office on 03 577 5523.

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Conferencing & Incentives

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Conferencing & Incentives

Conference Destination

Conference Destination

Located conveniently at the top of the South Island, Marlborough is the perfect region to host your next business event, conference, convention or incentive group.

The region offers a low cost per delegate, yet a wealth in options when it comes to venues, pre or post-conference activities, world-class dining and accommodation.

With a number of purpose-built meeting facilities to choose from, Marlborough can cater for all conference and incentive requirements, whether it is an executive meeting overlooking the vines, a small conference in the Marlborough Sounds, an incentive group wine tour or a large industry event in central Blenheim.

For more information, head to the Conference and Incentives Guide.

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Marlborough played host to the 2019 International Sauvignon Blanc Celebration, a unique international conference where delegates connected with wine lovers from all around the world.

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Business Events Marlborough

Business Events Marlborough offers free assistance and advice for anyone considering Marlborough as a conference location.

Destination Marlborough provides a dedicated manager to support you with:

• Ideas for your programme and activities
• Imagery for promotional material
• Venue, accommodation and transport logistics
• Assistance with bid documents for Marlborough to be successful in hosting your conference
• An i-SITE registration desk to welcome your delegates to the region and provide them with regional information.

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Venues and Accommodation

Venues and Accommodation

Blenheim has a purpose-built convention centre and a multitude of other venues and facilities, along with a range of accommodation to suit all budgets.

Venues

The Marlborough Convention Centre is Marlborough’s key purpose-built conference venue. Located in the centre of Blenheim, the centre caters for up to 560 people theatre style, or 400 for a banquet.

Adjoining the Convention Centre is Marlborough’s modern ASB Theatre which can comfortably accommodate 695 delegates in its main auditorium, or 200 for a banquet dinner on stage.

Marlborough also offers a multitude of other venues, including bespoke and unique vineyard or waterside options perfect for a smaller gathering. Choose from locations in Blenheim, Picton/Waitohi and the Marlborough Sounds. For more information on venues, see the conference and incentives guide here.

Accommodation

To accommodate your delegates, the region has a range of accommodation options to suit all tastes, requirements and budgets. Choose the convenience of central Blenheim and Picton hotels and motels, arrange a boutique B&B nestled amongst the grapevines, or base your entire event at a luxury or eco lodge in the Marlborough Sounds.

For further information, see our accommodation page.

Conference Activities

Conference Activities

Incorporating uniquely Marlborough activities into your conference or business event programme is simple, and is sure to boost your delegate numbers.

With all of Marlborough’s key attractions located within a short drive of Blenheim and Picton, options such as treating your guests to a private wine tasting with a local winemaker, a seafood cruise in the Marlborough Sounds or gourmet vineyard lunch experience is time-efficient and very convenient to organise.

Activity Ideas

• Take a full or half-day cruise around the Marlborough Sounds. Explore the hidden bays of the Queen Charlotte/Totaranui or Pelorus/Te Hoiere Sound, tie up in a secluded cove for a fresh seafood lunch accompanied by Marlborough's award winning wine.

• Invite your delegates on a spectacular multi-sensory experience of war time aviation at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.

• Delight your taste buds on a winery tour and visit some of Marlborough's best-known labels along with boutique wineries. Delight in an unforgettable culinary experience over lunch at one of the many vineyards or book into an award-winning restaurant for dinner.

• Leave the conference room for an afternoon or a day and head outdoors. Marlborough has many intrepid or relaxing delights in close proximity of the main centres, including the renowned Queen Charlotte Track, heli or boat adventures, mountain bike trails, sea kayaking, fishing, sailing, diving, golf, eco lodges and much more.

Incentive Groups

Incentive Groups

Marlborough is the perfect location for an incentive group, at any time of year.

Whether you are looking to indulge your clients, customers or team in an outstanding wine and food experience, cruise to a relaxing eco retreat in the Marlborough Sounds or embark on an extraordinary team building adventure by the sea or in the mountains, Marlborough has a myriad of options.

Tailored incentive itineraries are easily customised to set your experience apart from the rest. Include unique behind-the-scenes winemaking or blending sessions, play a round of golf with a winemaker, arrange a catered long lunch on the beach or cruise the Marlborough Sounds on a luxury launch.

Marlborough also has a range of stunning events that could provide the perfect foundation for incentive and special interest group tours.

See our must dos page for more activity ideas, or contact us to enquire.

Resources

Getting Here

Getting Here

Marlborough is conveniently located at the top of the South Island and is easily accessible by air, sea, rail and road. Once your delegates have arrived, transferring them around the region is quick and easy, with no traffic congestion and many local group or individual transport options.

Air

Marlborough Airport is linked by regular direct flights to the main centres. Air New Zealand arrives direct from Wellington and Auckland, and Sounds Air links to Marlborough and Picton Airports from Christchurch, Wellington, Napier, Taupo, Paraparaumu, Nelson and Westport.

Ferry

Several daily ferry services connect Wellington with Picton/Waitohi. The two inter-island passenger ferry companies, the Interislander and Bluebridge take approximately 3 and a half hours to complete the Cook Strait crossing, which is considered one of the most beautiful ferry journeys in the world.

Rail

Marlborough is located on the main rail link between Picton/Waitohi, Kaikoura and Christchurch. The Coastal Pacific passenger train passes through in both directions each day during the summer months, stopping at Picton/Waitohi and Blenheim’s railway stations.

Road

Marlborough is linked by state highway with Kaikoura, Hanmer Springs, Christchurch, Nelson and the West Coast of the South Island.

For more information on distance and travel times on the road, look here, and see about getting here or contact us for further enquiries or assistance.

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