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

Local markets

Stallholder at the Marlborough Farmers' Market

Marlborough Farmers’ Market offers you the opportunity to buy fresh, local produce direct from the growers and producers every Sunday. This is New Zealand’s original Farmers’ Market where you can find cheese, bread, plants, fruit, vegies and more… it’s a foodie’s delight.


Walk or cycle your way through the Queen Charlotte Track

Cyclists gazing across the Marlborough Sounds from the top of the Queen Charlotte Track

Make your way to Picton, only a 25 minute drive from Marlborough Vintners Hotel, a scenic seaside town and port for the Marlborough Sounds.

From Picton you can make your way over to the Queen Charlotte Track starting point Ship Cove via water taxi. With the choice to walk or cycle part of the track, and the option to have your gear transferred each night the tracks are suitable for varied fitness levels.

If hitting the track isn’t for you, relax in a seaview café for lunch or head on out to the wildlife recovery and arts center Lochmara Lodge.

Pedal through the vineyards or indulge on a winery tour

A group of friends enjoying a winery lunch

Marlborough is home to some of New Zealand’s best wines, and a tour to find out why is a must do.

If you enjoy cycling and wine, then riding Marlborough’s Golden Mile through Rapaura and Renwick is just the ticket.

If cycling isn’t for you then travelling by car or coach is also an option. Explore Marlborough offer a range of guided and non-guided tours daily. With over 40 cellar doors in the region you’ll have the chance to taste plenty of wine, learn about the history of wine in Marlborough and have 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.

Explore Havelock

Helicopter hovering near a boat on the Marlborough Sounds

Famous for its Greenshell Mussels and a once thriving gold-mining town, Havelock has lots to offer.

Taste the local delicacy at one of the local cafes, spend the day cruising the Marlborough Sounds waterways or get on board a charter boat to go snapper fishing. There are also plenty of walking tracks nearby, surrounded by the beautiful scenery the Marlborough Sounds has to offer.

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

Find out about more Marlborough activities at the Visitor Information Centre

Sampling freshly harvested mussels on a seafood cruise

To find out about the many more activities Marlborough has to offer, or to book a tour, head to the Blenheim i-Site. The visitors center is only a 10-minute drive away from MVH Garden and Vineyard Suites, in the heart of Blenheim’s town.