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.

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

Whaling station

Activities

Explore Marlborough’s whaling history at the Perano Whaling Station.

Whaling station

Blenheim i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

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

Hire bikes

Activities

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

Hire bikes

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

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

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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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