Marlborough has plenty of brilliant places for families to explore

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Something for the whole family.

Leap into the crystal clear Pelorus River, fish from the wharf on a blue-sky day, dash into surf at Whites Bay, then cast for kahawai at the Wairau Bar.

Spot dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds, visit eco trails surrounding resorts, and walk amid endangered wildlife on island sanctuaries.

Explore Marlborough’s passion for aviation, on the ground or in the air, or take on our cycling and walking trails.

Marlborough's a brilliant destination for family holidays young and old.

Royal Spoonbills in Wairau Lagoons

Activities

See Royal Spoonbills in their mating plumage and Godwits on their annual migration, while you paddle the Wairau Lagoons.

Royal Spoonbills in Wairau Lagoons

Driftwood Eco-Tours

Kayak the Pelorus River

Activities

Discover the beautiful location of the dwarves in a river scene from 'The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug' travelling by kayak in lieu of barrel.

Kayak the Pelorus River

Pelorus Eco Adventures

Picton Maritime Festival

Events

Enjoy all things maritime at the Picton Maritime Festival in January. Kid's play area, raft races for all ages, clinker boat races, performances from local talented youth and national artists as well. Food and craft stalls.

Picton Maritime Festival

Blenheim i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Havelock Mussel & Seafood Festival

Events

Head to Havelock in March, when it hosts the annual Havelock Mussel & Seafood Festival, a great day out for the whole family.

Havelock Mussel and Seafood Festival

Visit a mussel farm

Activities

Take a tour boat to one of the mussel, oyster or salmon farms within our unique waterways to see how some of our wonderful seafood is grown.

greenshell-mussels

Greenshell Mussel Cruise

Hire bikes

Activities

Get out and experience Marlborough’s vines or hills by bike

Hire bikes

Blenheim i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

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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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