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?
PELORUS JACK
Pelorus Jack was a Risso's dolphin famous for accompanying steamers in Cook Strait. First seen in 1888 when he appeared in front of the schooner Brindle as it approached French Pass, Jack escorted the ships that travelled outside Admiralty Bay and Pelorus Sound into Cook Strait. The dolphin was reputed to guide ships through the perilous French Pass. The area is dangerous to ships, but no shipwrecks occurred when Jack was present.
Dining Out
Marlborough's gourmet paradise sets the scene for visitors to explore the region's produce. From award-winning wines and fresh produce to a vast array of epicurean delights, Marlborough offers a tasty treat.
Places to Stay
From water-side retreats tucked away in secluded settings to hotels, motels and backpacker hostels, Marlborough has a wide range of accommodation options to suit different needs and price ranges.
Swim With Dolphins
Swimming side-by-side with dolphins and viewing them in their underwater world is the adventure experience of a lifetime. Join an eco-tour and see the very best of the Marlborough Sounds.
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