Renowned for its wine tasting and delicious food, touring, scenic boat cruising, bush walking and relaxing outdoor activities, Marlborough is a fast-growing vacation destination.

Located at the north-east corner of New Zealand's South Island, Marlborough is endowed with a breath-taking beauty. Marlborough's mist-hazed hills and crystal clear waterways change dramatically with the ceaseless procession of the seasons.

Marlborough's appeal stretches from the scenic Marlborough Sounds to the rugged splendour of Kaikoura. Townships in the region include Blenheim, Picton and Seddon.

Marlborough's central location provides a base for many internationally renowned wine companies and a burgeoning gourmet food industry. Often blessed with the highest number of sunshine hours in New Zealand, this flourishing province with its relaxed and convivial lifestyle is enjoyed by locals and visitors alike.

The region has a wide range of recreational activities from swimming with dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds to watching whales in Kaikoura; from walks through the bush and along the rugged coastline to relaxing at Marlborough's world-class wineries.

Marlborough is a great place to visit and an even better place to stay. We love our region and hope that you will too. Come join us in New Zealand's gourmet province and we will help you discover Marlborough and make it your favourite destination!
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.
It's a Fact...
THE MIKHAIL LERMONTOV
On 16 February, 1986, the Mikhail Lermontov left Picton piloted by the harbour master. The pilot made the decision to take the ship through a dangerous passage at Cape Jackson, where it struck rocks below the waterline on the port side. After beaching the ship, water-tight doors were breached and water gushed into the ship. One crew member died and some passengers were injured. The ship rests where it sank, lying on its port side.
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