Marlborough has plenty of brilliant places for families to explore

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Family

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.

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

Motuara Island eco sanctuary

Activities

Visit the beautiful Motuara Island in the Queen Charlotte Sound. This predator free sanctuary is home to kiwi, saddlebacks and other native wildlife.

Motuara Island eco sanctuary

Blenheim i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Visit an ancient forest

Activities

Take a drive to the beautiful Pelorus Bridge area to see this remnant of towering podacarp forest and understand what this entire area once looked like.

Visit an ancient forest

Blenheim i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Visit Ship Cove

Activities

Visit Ship Cove in the Queen Charlotte Sound, the site of the meeting of the Maori and Pakeha cultures and start of the Queen Charlotte Track.

Visit Ship Cove

Blenheim i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Governors Bay Scenic Reserve

Activities

Enjoy golden sands and azure waters at Governors Bay, a 15 minute drive from Picton.

Governors Bay Scenic Reserve

Blenheim i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

Paddle the Sounds

Activities

Rent a kayak and paddle your way from bay to bay, choosing to be independent or guided.

Paddle the Sounds

Blenheim i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

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Walks
Activities

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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