From the bush covered hills and deep blue waters of the Sounds to the towering, snow-capped peaks that soar above Kaikoura, Marlborough offers visitors to the region an exciting and diverse range of attractions and activities.

Blenheim & Wairau Picton & Waikawa
  • Millennium Art Gallery
  • Brayshaw Park Museum
  • Art, craft & winery trails
  • Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
  • Golf courses
  • Swim at White's Bay
  • Bird watching at Wairau lagoon
  • Seahorse World Aquarium
  • Edwin Fox Maritime Centre
  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Sea kayaking tours
  • Skydiving
Havelock & Sounds Awatere & Pacific Coast
  • Queen Charlotte Track
  • Fishing
  • Havelock Mussel Festival
  • Mussel farm tours
  • Swim at Pelorus bridge
  • Rainbow Ski Field
  • Garden tours
  • The Store (Kekurengu)
  • 4WD tours
Kaikoura
  • Kaikoura Museum
  • Fyffe House
  • Whale watching
  • Eco-tours
Further Afield
Marlborough's central location makes it an ideal base from which to explore some of the region's neighbours. To the west, Nelson is less than a two-hour drive away and Westport, on the South Island's West Coast, is about 3½ hours.

To the south, Christchurch is a vibrant city, currently restructuring and rebuilding to be a city of New Zealand's future, with new retail, dining and accommodation opening daily.

Inland from Christchurch is Hanmer Springs Thermal Resort where a few days can spent enjoying Hanmer's stunning alpine scenery and soaking in the hot pools. Ski the club field of Hanmer Springs and Mt Lyford, the South Islands sunniest ski field.
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It's a Fact...
HAVELOCK
The hamlet at the head of Pelorus Sound acquired its name in 1859. Havelock is named after Major-General Sir Henry Havelock, a British general who was noted for his recapture of Kanpur from rebels during the Indian rebellion of 1857. During Marlborough's gold rush of 1864, Havelock boasted 23 hotels catering to the thirsty miners working the goldfields of the Wakamarina and Cullen Creek. The village is now one of Marlborough's most popular tourist destinations.
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