Marlborough

Families

With its family-friendly beaches and rivers, cycling and walking tracks and island sanctuaries, Marlborough is a brilliant destination for family holidays.

Picnic and play on the Picton foreshore, do bombs off the rocks into the emerald waters of the Pelorus River, spot dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds or explore the region’s passion for aviation.

Create precious memories with your little ones and cast a line off the wharf at Waikawa, check out the underwater observatory and quirky eco-trail at Lochmara Lodge. Enjoy a real fruit ice cream, pick cherries or blueberries at the local orchards, or head to the colourful Marlborough Farmers’ Market for a taste of the region’s best produce.

Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary

Nowhere demonstrates Picton’s community spirit and commitment to improving the natural environment like Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary. A short 10-minute boat trip from Picton, this 40 hectare mainland island offers amazing wildlife viewing, including tui, korimako (bellbird), korora (little blue penguin) and weta along a 2.7km circular walking track through regenerating native bush and old forest.

Kaipupu Wildlife Sanctuary

Toastie

They may be simple, but there’s a reason why the toasted sandwiches from Toastie Picton have become an instant classic since opening in 2021- they’re mind blowingly delicious! The ultimate in comfort food and the best thing to warm yourself up with after a day on the water, Toastie is a definite Picton must-do!

Toastie

Scenic Hotel Marlborough

For family friendly accommodation with a relaxed atmosphere, check out Scenic Hotel Marlborough. This 4-star plus hotel is just minutes walk from the centre of Blenheim with some of New Zealand's finest food and wine virtually on your doorstep. The in-house restaurant ensures the whole tribe will be fed and no one goes hungry!

Scenic Hotel Marlborough

Beachcomber Cruises

The mail has been delivered by boat for more than 150 years in the Queen Charlotte Sounds and Beachcomber Cruises is proud to continue the service today. Jump aboard their daily trip, and explore the extensive waterways and hidden coves, dropping off groceries and mail to the local residents as you go.

Beachcomber Cruises

Picton Water Taxis

If you’re looking for transportation from Picton to anywhere in the Queen Charlotte Sound, and back again, Picton Water Taxis should be your first port of call. This family owned and operated business provides a friendly and personal service, whether it’s a quick trip or multi-day adventure.

Picton Water Taxis

Awapara Pearl Farm

For an authentic slice of Sounds life and insight into the inner workings of a paua farm, book a tour with Awapara Pearl Farm. Enjoy good old fashioned Kiwi hospitality, incredible vistas of the outer Queen Charlotte Sound and learn about this locally-grown industry, with an opportunity to purchase some of their stunning pearls.

Arapawa Blue Pearls

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Let your imagination take flight, with a visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre.  Aviation nuts will delight in the rare collection of WW1 and WW2 aircraft and everyone else will appreciate the innovative and creative display that really captures the history and spirit of the time when these warbirds soared the skies.

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Learn more about Marlborough

at the official tourism website
Visit Marlborough
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