About Marlborough

The Marlborough Region

You’ll love Marlborough - whether you’re a Kiwi looking for a relaxing weekend away from the city or from overseas planning for an unforgettable New Zealand holiday.

Marlborough stretches from the tranquil Marlborough Sounds in the north to Kaikoura in the south. The region has the highest number of sunshine hours in New Zealand, which makes it perfect for enjoying outdoor activities and, of course, growing grapes.

Relax or explore

Here are just some of the things you can do and see in Marlborough.

  • Coastal and bush walks (including the Queen Charlotte Track)
  • Eco-tours, including visits to bird and marine sanctuaries
  • Food and wine tours
  • Fishing
  • Golf
  • Marlborough Sounds cruise
  • Mountain biking
  • Mussel tours

Regular events include the Marlborough Wine Festival, Classic Fighters Omaka Air Show, Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon, Havelock Mussel Festival, Garden Marlborough, Kaikoura Seafest,  Forrest Grape Ride, Sauvignon Blanc Yacht Race and many more.

Garden Marlborough in November is a week-long celebration of gardening with some of the regions most beautiful gardens on show.

The region’s best quality local produce is on sale at the Farmers’ Market in Blenheim every Sunday.


The region offers an outdoor paradise, with native forests, trout-filled rivers, coastal tracks and sheltered bays for cruising and fishing - all easily accessible from Blenheim.