Marlborough has plenty of brilliant places for families to explore

Travel Style

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.

Go Camping

Accommodation

Bring your tent or campervan and find a holiday park or DOC campsite to enjoy the views and outdoor activities.

Go Camping

Take a flying jump

Activities

Leap from the Lochmara Lodge rope swing into the sparkling sounds below. For more sedate pleasures, walk the eco trail to find weta hotels and geckos.

Take a flying jump

Lochmara

Swim with dolphins

Activities

Head out from Picton with Marlborough's specialised dolphin swimming and viewing tour company to view dolphins and even swim with them, in the sheltered waters of the Queen Charlotte Sound.

swim-with-dolphins

E-Ko Tours

Hire bikes

Activities

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

Hire bikes

Blenheim i-SITE Visitor Information Centre

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

Kayak the Wairau Lagoons

Activities

Kayak down the Wairau River, to the Wairau Boulder Bank, exploring the habitat of amazing birdlife.

Kayak the Wairau Lagoons

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.

Start planning your walk with New Zealand Mountain Safety Councils Plan my Walk app. An awesome app that provides you with useful information of particular tracks, alerts, weather and what gear you will need. Click here to check it out

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