There are many fantastic activities to do and adventures to be had in the Marlborough region. Here are just a few…

Cruise or kayak the Marlborough Sounds

Cyclists gazing across the Marlborough Sounds from the top of the Queen Charlotte TrackMake your way to Picton, a 25 minute drive from Marlborough Vintners Hotel, a scenic seaside town and port for the Marlborough Sounds.

Walk, bike, or kayak a section of the Queen Charlotte Track. You can even start the day by swimming with dolphins with E-Ko Tours.

Alternatively, relax in a seaview café for lunch or head on out to the wildlife recovery and arts center Lochmara Lodge.


Indulge in a winery lunch or tour

A group of friends enjoying a winery lunchBegin your tour by visiting 4-5 wineries guided by Explore Marlborough. Tours range from daily scheduled departures through to private tours by coach, luxury vehicles or bicycle.

Compare wines from throughout the region, learn about the history of wine in Marlborough followed by a lunch at a Vineyard restaurant.


Family fun

Aerial view of Lochmara Lodge and beachfrontStart your morning in Picton and catch a water taxi out to Lochmara Lodge in the Queen Charlotte Sound.

Hand feed New Zealand’s native parrot the Kakariki, enjoy the safe swimming beach or feed the stingrays.

There is even an underwater observatory where you can see the wonders of under the water without even getting wet!


Journey Omaka

WW2 fighter plane at OmakaOnly a 5 minute drive from Marlborough Vintners Hotel, visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, which brings to life the heroes of World War I and World War II aviation with an unparalleled collection and dramatic lifelike scenes.

Guided tours and packages are available and there is a café serving barista coffee and light refreshments.


Get a bird’s eye view

Helicopter hovering near a boat on the Marlborough SoundsBased in Picton, Coast to Coast Helicopters can deliver 4 passengers comfortably and efficiently to any destination in Marlborough, Kaikoura or the Tasman regions.

They provide scenic flights over the Marlborough Sounds and Vineyards.


Pedal through the vineyards

Touring the vineyards by bikePedal through the vineyards while stopping off at one of Marlborough’s many cellar doors or even a vineyard lunch.

Enjoy cycling along through the rural roads through superb countryside.


Fish in the Marlborough Sounds

Fishing from a kayak in the Marlborough SoundsFish in the Marlborough Sounds from the wharf, a boat or a beach or canoe and swim down the Pelorus River.


Water activities

Watching dolphins up close on a Eco Tours boatExplore 1500km of winding coastline, secluded bays, historic sites, marine reserves and island sanctuaries, fostering kiwi and other native species.


Seafood cruise

Sampling freshly harvested mussels on a seafood cruiseSample fresh salmon and mussels straight from the waters below.

Some of the world’s finest seafood is grown in the Marlborough Sounds.

Join a seafood cruise from Picton or Havelock and taste fresh salmon and mussels, matched with a crisp glass of Sauvignon Blanc.


Local markets

Stallholder at the Marlborough Farmers' MarketMarlborough Farmers’ Market. Buying direct from local growers and producers in a lovely market setting at New Zealand’s original Farmers’ Market.

Cheese, bread, plants, fruit, vegies and more… it’s a foodie’s delight.