For visitors to the region, Marlborough is an exciting vacation destination that provides an exhilarating and varied range of attractions and activities. From enjoying a glass of our world-famous Sauvignon Blanc at one the region's numerous wineries to swimming with dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds, the region offers a multitude of recreational delights.

If you enjoy sea-kayaking or scenic boat tours, visits to formal gardens or hiking through native bush, Marlborough is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the finer things in life. For the eco-tourist and nature-lover, the region provides numerous opportunities to see some of our wildlife close up. Dolphins, seals, shags, blue penguins abound throughout the Sounds and along the coastline to Kaikoura. Native birds such as tui, bellbirds, fantails and the native kingfisher can be encountered throughout the region, especially in areas covered in native bush.
It's a fact - did you know this about Marlborough?
SALT FROM THE SEA
Lake Grassmere opens into Clifford Bay near Cape Campbell. Covering an area of 17 square km, it has no natural inflow and is subject to strong warm winds. Close to the sea, it has a very high salinity and is ideal for natural salt extraction. The lake has been divided into solar evaporation ponds. Seawater is pumped in and moved between ponds over several months, each time increasing in salinity. As the salinity increases, crystallised salt forms and is harvested.
On Yer Bike!
Take a leisurely cycle ride through Marlborough's picturesque vineyards and country roads and visit some of the region's wineries where you can try our world renowned Sauvignon Blanc.
Gardens of Delights
Discover a stunning array of Marlborough's secluded gardens. From formal 'knot gardens' with their neatly trimmed hedges to wild and colourful English cottage gardens, Marlborough is a gardener's delight.
Lords of the Sky
Visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre where the stories of pioneer aviation heroes of World War One are brought to life by Weta Workshop, who were behind The Lord of The Rings.
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