A few things to do over a winter weekend in Marlborough

Wine tasting and touring

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You are right in the middle of New Zealand’s largest wine-producing area and it is not all Sauvignon Blanc. Grab a map off the website and explore some new producers and varietals Winter wine trail updated regularly at www.wine-marlborough.co.nz.

Try hiring a bike and make a more leisurely day of it. Here are some places to hire a bike:

The Wine Station  

Enjoy a tasting, half or full glass of 80 premium Marlborough with a gourmet platter to complement the wine tasting experience. Located at the newly, renovated heritage building – the Blenheim Railway Station. Gourmet food platters available showcasing Marlborough and New Zealand’s premium producers. Barista coffee and craft beers are also available.

OPEN 7 days a week – 11:00am to 6:00pm
Ph 03 578 2633
Blenheim Railway Station, Sinclair Street, Mayfield, Blenheim



Vines Village across the road from MVH

From dining at lakeside cafe, tasting award winning wine at the Whitehaven Wines Cellar Door, sampling Marlborough Roots Dry Gin produced on-site to buying New Zealand made gifts and locally grown wool products from Mihi Merino, shopping at The Quilter’s Barn for quilting and knitting supplies, or sampling ice cream at the Vines Village Deli. There are plenty of shops to visit while in Marlborough for a winter weekend.


  • Molto Bella
  • Mihi Merino
  • The Quilters Barn – all you quilting and knitting needs
  • Lilac Wine Gift Shop – local Artisans handiwork and gifts
  • Gelato and Fudge– Sweet Treats
  • Whitehaven Wines cellar door



In winter, our local craft and fashion shops are open on Saturdays.

  • Thomas’ Department Store
  • McRaes Fashions
  • Number 4



Only a short drive away, Picton also has a few gift shops and craft galleries.

Makana Chocolate Shop

A visit to our boutique chocolate factory is the ultimate chocolate experience. We are set up like a winery where you can see how we make our delicious chocolates, taste a few samples, and of course shop for gifts and indulgences.

Check online for opening times
Ph 03 570 5370
Corner Rapaura & O’Dwyers Roads
P.O. Box 980, Blenheim 7240



Watching dolphins up close on a Eco Tours boat

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and Classic Cars

A MUST DO – WW1 & WW2 collection of planes with visuals done by Sir Peter Jackson at Weta Workshop

Open daily 0900 – 1700
Ph 03 5791305

Marlborough Museum – including The Wine Museum and Brayshaw Park Historical Village and Equipment

Archeology, wine & pottery exhibitions at a regional heritage museum located in a park.

Open daily 1000-1600
Ph 03 578 1712
26 Arthur Baker Pl, Redwoodtown, Blenheim 7201

Ten Pin Bowling

Most up-to-date bowling equipment available in Australasia

Mon-Sat 0930 – late, Sun 0930 – 1700
Ph 03 578 4851
50 Battys Rd, Redwoodtown, Blenheim 7201

Aquatic Centre and Marlborough Lines Stadium 2000 Gym and Squash Courts

The Aquatic Centre is more than just a pool; it’s a leisure destination with facilities for the whole family, year-round.

Indoors, a 25 metre lane pool provides plenty of room for those wanting to work on their fitness. A separate leisure pool is a great place for families to relax. There’s plenty specifically for the kids too, with toddlers’ pools and a lazy river offering hours of fun. A sauna, steam room and a special spa/hydrotherapy pool offer opportunities for relaxation.

Ph 03 577 8300
Kinross Street, Blenheim

Event Cinemas

4  Kinross St. Blenheim. Ph:03-577 8273

Look out for The Met Opera Series

Picton Cinemas  and Aquarium

A boutique cinema located within the EcoWorld Picton Aquarium complex on the Picton Foreshore. Native fish & reptiles, including the rare tuatara, in a waterfront setting with tours & feedings.

Ph 03 573 6030

The Garlic Shed movies

7.30pm Wednesday and Saturday

Up the drive on 305 Old Renwick Rd with the old movie reels on the gate post. Great “art house movies”, old sofas, roaring log fire, duvets, tea and coffee or BYO wine

Email Maurice garlicshed@gmail.com for current movies.


Art Galleries

Dudson Scott Gallery – Landscape artist

1494 SH6 on Blenheim side of Wairau River Bridge.

Ph 03 572 8755 or email joanna@dudsonscottgallery.nz to check winter hours

Fusionart Sculpture – limestone garden and smaller mixed media creations

Available at Forrest Wines SH6 or contact Gerard Verkaaik Ph 03 578 8576, fusionart@windowslive.com

Return to Eden Gallery –  Art and crafters and jewellery

Exhibition spaces available

13 Selmes Rd, Rapaura

Opening hours Mon – Sat: 10am – 4pm; Sunday: 12nnon – 5pm

Hunters Wines Artist-in-Residence – Clarry Neame

Clarry is an impressionist oil painter, using both the brush and palette knife. Clarry pursues a form of pointillism in his approach to convey a feeling of excitement and visual stimulation. Colour, light, composition and texture are used to create with freedom and passion in a semi-abstract way.

603 Rapaura Road,
Open daily (however may be closed winter 2020)
Ph 03 577 7382 / 027 220 1562

The Millenium Gallery

“work from leading local, national and international artists in a fantastic range of regularly changing art exhibitions, programmes and events”

Cnr Seymour and Alfred St.
Open 1-4 winter weekends
Ph 03 5792001

Marlborough Art Society – Yealands Estate Marlborough Gallery

” Painting is another word for feeling” John Constable (1776 – 1837)

204 High St, Blenheim
Ph 03 577 6784

The Diversion Gallery

“We offer paintings, drawings, sculpture and limited edition prints by some of New Zealand’s most collectible fine artists. Most of the gallery’s stable of artists are acclaimed senior or mid-career artists of national and international repute, and whose work is held in major public galleries and private collections; from time to time we introduce emerging artists of distinctive talent. We also have a small selection of fine art jewellery.”

Open 12pm-5pm Wednesday to Saturday – at other times by arrangement – call or text 027 4408121
10 London Quay, Picton Waterfront
Ph 03 573 9069

The Mark Stevenson Collection

A Collection of New Zealand and Australian Contemporary Art.  “….to have a major art collection [here] is a little bit unusual, to say the least. I say this is Picton’s Te Papa – that means house of treasures. When you have an art collection, it’s so important that the art is shared and people get the opportunity to view it in a relaxed manner. That’s what this is about. There’s nothing highfalutin – just me talking about the artists and sharing the love.” (NZ Listener Aug 2019)  – Informal and friendly tours are free to the public but normally 1.30pm on Sundays

15 High St, Picton
Message 0274 443 891 mark@stevensoncollection.co.nz for expressions of interest.

Artofact Gallery

Showcases contemporary fine art by established to emerging New Zealand and international artists. The eclectic selection includes original paintings, representative modern sculptures, exquisite glass art and limited edition prints.

Open 10 – 4 daily (3pm Sundays)
35 High St, Picton
Ph 03 573 5900

Marlborough Creative Artisans

30 artists from the Marlborough region who sell their authentic, handcrafted products

Mariners Mall, High St, Picton (by the Fresh Choice supermarket)
Open  10 – 4 daily

Karaka Wood Gallery

8 High St., Picton. Ph: +64272488938

Open Monday – Friday 10 – 4

Specialise in New Zealand native timber products including art, gifts and homewares.


Explore the Marlborough Sounds


Join one of the last remaining ‘Genuine’ Mail Boats left in the world and cruise the

Marlborough Sounds from Havelock. An unmissable boat tour in the Pelorus Sound.



The Mail has been delivered by boat for over 150 years in the Queen … call the Queen Charlotte Sound waterways home – the Picton Mail Boat delivers it all!

Get dropped off and walk part of the Queen Charlotte Track and get picked up again later in the day.

The Mail Boat Cruise – Beachcomber Cruises


Walking and Cycling trails

The Wither Hills at the top of Maxwell Rd/Taylor Pass Rd has some great walks and a Mountain Bike Park.

There is also the Conders Bend Mountain Bike Park just off SH6 at the Wairau River Bridge.

Also in Picton – The Snout and the Link Pathway have exceptionally picturesque and walking and mountainbike trails.


Find out about more things to do for a winter weekend in the Marlbourough Sounds at Discover Marlborough, New Zealand.


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