Taking a moment on New Zealand's Queen Charlotte Track in the Marlborough Sounds. Copyright Destination Marlborough

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Adventure

It's not what you do, it's how you do it.

If your idea of a great holiday is getting your heart rate and adrenalin to skyrocket or doing something super unique that can't be done anywhere else, then Marlborough is the perfect spot for your next adventure.

Get your blood pumping with world-class running and biking events, flying in planes, swimming with dolphins, playing golf on a remote farm or heading out on an epic mountain bike trek, hitting the snow or hunting down rare native species. Get into it!

Cruise with dolphins

Activities

Go dolphin watching, and learn about all the marine wildlife you see along the way, including seabirds and seals.

Cruise with dolphins

Kayak the Wairau Lagoons

Activities

Kayak down the Wairau River, to the Wairau Boulder Bank, exploring the habitat of amazing birdlife with Driftwood Eco Tours.

Kayak the Wairau Lagoons

Blenheim i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Hit the snow

Activities

Head to Rainbow Ski Field for great skiing and boarding, for the whole family. Just 90 minutes drive from Blenheim.

Hit the snow

Rainbow Ski Area

Hit the road

Activities

Road bike the winding Queen Charlotte Drive, with native bush on one side of the road and the sparkling Marlborough Sounds on the other.

Hit the road

Blenheim i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Stay in the Marlborough Sounds

Accommodation

From self-contained baches to all inclusive lodges, there's a slice of paradise for everyone in the Marlborough Sounds, some accessible only by water-taxi.

Stay in the Marlborough Sounds

Walk the Queen Charlotte Track

Activities

Boat to historic Ship Cove to start your walk on the Queen Charlotte Track. Carry your pack or have it transferred each day. Full walk 3-5 days or choose a section.

Walk the Queen Charlotte Track

Blenheim i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

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Walks
Accommodation

Walks

Get to know Marlborough step by step, via walking tracks to alpine peaks, golden trails on working farms and native bush walks in the Marlborough Sounds.

Marlborough walks can be as challenging as Mount Tapuae-o-Uenuku, as beautiful as the Queen Charlotte Track and as relaxing as the Taylor River reserve.

Whether you’re hiking for a day or a week, staying in a tent, hut or lodge, you’ll love the pace of Marlborough.

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