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.

Visit Anakiwa

Activities

Check out the end of the Queen Charlotte walkway at Anakiwa, a very attractive bay in the Marlborough Sounds. Take walk to Davies Bay for a taste of the walkway.

Visit Anakiwa

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Walk and bike Picton

Activities

Explore the walking and biking trails around Picton.

Walk and bike Picton

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Visit Brayshaw Heritage Park

Brayshaw Heritage Park is dedicated to the collection, restoration and display of Marlborough’s heritage. Established in 1968 and inspired by the late Norman Brayshaw it houses a collection of Marlborough’s original buildings and memorabilia. The Park is also home to Marlborough’s heritage clubs with their displays and working exhibits.

Enjoy a walk around the park or bring a picnic to have with family and friends.

Visit Brayshaw Heritage Park

Brayshaw Heritage Park

Governors Bay Scenic Reserve

Activities

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

Governors Bay Scenic Reserve

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Picnic on the foreshore

Wine & Food

Pack a picnic to enjoy on the Picton Foreshore, or grab an order of fish and chips to eat on the beach.

Picnic on the foreshore

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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

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Walks
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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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