The Marlborough region is one of New Zealand's top holiday destinations due to its beautiful summer weather, incredible natural scenery, walking tracks and wineries. There's always plenty to see and do - but in the warmer months, this region comes alive as festivals, events and concerts fill up the summer calendar. Read on to discover what you can see and do in Marlborough this February and March.
The Classic Hits Winery Tour
Sunday, 24 February
Held at Marlborough's Villa Maria Estate, the 7th annual Classic Hits Winery Tour 2013 will feature some of New Zealand's best musical talents; Fat Freddy's Drop, Anika Moa, Boh Runga and Holly Smith, as well as and The Adults featuring Jon Toogood, Julia Deans and Shayne Carter.
Tickets will sell out fast. For booking and venue information, please visit the official website www.winerytour.co.nz
NZ Antique and Classic Boatshow
See a wide range of canoes, clinkers, classic sail boats, inboard clinkers, runabouts, classic hydroplanes and race boats, steam launches and old fibreglass boats at this two-day celebration of classic boating. You'll get the opportunity to meet other boaties, see displays, talk with like-minded people and take part in a race! The NZ Antique and Classic Boatshow is held in St Arnaud township, on the edge of Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes National Park. For more information about the show, please visit www.nzclassicboats.com
Dog Point / Logan Brown Classic Kiwi Picnic
Saturday, 9 March
This popular event brings Dog Point Vineyards and the team at Wellington's Logan Brown Restaurant together to celebrate the traditional kiwi picnic. This year around 150 guests will get to enjoy four wines produced by Dog Point Vineyards, matched to unique picnic-style snacks created by Logan Brown. This fun, relaxed event is not to be missed - make sure you book your tickets in advance so you don't miss out! Find out more about the event and the venue at www.dogpoint.co.nz
The Havelock Mussel Festival
Saturday, 16 March
This year, Marlborough 4 Fun and the Havelock Mussel Festival Committee are planning a day filled with entertainment, free kids activities, excellent food, wine and beer, competitions, market stalls and of course, plenty of fresh mussels to enjoy. The main stage performances and celebrity chefs are yet to be announced.
Kaipupu's Picton Festival
Saturday, 23 March
This year's Picton Festival is designed to provide a fun day out for the whole family while raising funds to protect New Zealand's native habitat. With live music and performances, wine, food and beer stalls, children's activities and a marketplace, there will be something to keep everyone entertained. The Kaipupu Point Sounds Wildlife Sanctuary has been a community project, intended to create a safe haven for wildlife. Its grand opening is in early March, so be sure to check it out.
If you're thinking of visiting Marlborough this February or March, Hotel D'Urville offers the perfect accommodation option. Read about our packages and specials and our award-winning Hotel restaurant or simply make a booking with us to make sure you don't miss out on any of these exciting Marlborough events.