Visit Marlborough

Marlborough basks in sunshine year-round, providing perfect conditions for walking, mountain biking, sea kayaking and vineyard explorations. It’s a region where you can pick a theme and follow it through.

Focus your itinerary on outdoor adventures, vineyards and wineries, arts and crafts, history and gardens or marine pursuits. Better still, mix them up and experience a little of everything this beautiful region has to offer.

The Marlborough Wine Festival

Each February, the Marlborough wine festival attracts crowds to the town of Blenheim. This festival showcases not only food and wine, but also fashion and performers. Visitors can try more than 200 types of wines, rub elbows with the country’s elite winemakers, and learn tricks of the trade through open presentations about winemaking. Popular New Zealand musicians perform, and you can enter the “Fashion in the Vines” dress-up competition. Of course, you don’t want to drink all that wine on an empty stomach — food is also a prominent part of the festival. For 2009, the Best Festival Dish featured Marlborough salmon with rice noodle salad, coconut vanilla dressing and zucchini spaghetti.

The Annual Festival Market Day (12 February 2010)

The centre of town comes alive with arts, crafts, food, clothing, entertainment and more. This is a perfect opportunity to see more of the hidden treasures that Marlborough has to offer and is a great way to start your Wine and Food Festival weekend.

The Marlborough Wine Festival (13 February 2010)

Brancott Estate, Brancott Rd, Marlborough

10:30am – 6:00pm

Sunday Wine Down Bus Tour (14 February 2010)

Take a tour around the Marlborough Cellar doors and enjoy complimentary wine tastings and entertainment. Lunch will be served at a “mystery” location.A dedicated Wine Down coach will collect guests from Seymour Square and Vintners Hotel and take them on a personalised tour of Marlborough cellar doors.

Sunday Sounds Cruise

Marlborough SoundsFollowing Saturday’s festival, relax and experience another part of Marlborough and explore the magical Sounds aboard the Marlborough Travel Launch Odyssea.

Buses will collect guests from Seymour Square and Vintners Retreat and the Marlborough Vintners Hotel in the morning (9:45am) and drive to Havelock Marina. There you will be greeted with a glass of Marlborough bubbles and taken out to the Kenepuru Sound for lunch. The Odyssea will return to Havelock at 2pm where your bus will transport you back to Vintners Retreat and Seymour Square.

Marlborough Travel Guide


  • Garden Marlborough, an annuanl event running from 31 October – 5 November 2007 showcases Marlborough finest gardens.
  • The Kaikoura Seafest is a celebration of the region. Kaikoura meaning food of the sea in Maori has a justified reputation for crayfish, paua and fish. The festival started in 1995 and is held on the first Saturday of October each year. The 13th festival is to be held on Saturday 6th October 2007.
  • Marlborough is a outdoors paradise. It can be used as a base for tramping (treking or rambling) in the Nelson Lakes National Park, the Marlborough Sounds, the Richmond Ranges, the Kaikoura Ranges. One of Marlborough’s secrets is the Sawcut Gorge.
  • Ski Rainbow. 1 1/4 hours to the bottom of the access road, Rainbow Skifield is the northern most skifield in the South Island, close to the village of St Arnaud.
  • Driftwood Eco-tours. Bird watching and eco-tours. Leisurely Kayak on the Wairau lagoons to get close to rare New Zealand wading birds. High country exploration. Walking guide.


  • Whales off Kaikoura with a spectatular mountain backdrop
  • The Marlborough Sounds, an aquatic playground with bird and dolphin watching, walking, kayaking and sailing.
  • Vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see in the Wairau and Awatere Valleys.
  • Lake Grassmere – Where seawater is turned into huge piles of salt by the sun and evaporation as well as being a birdwatcher's paradise. Between Seddon and Ward on State Highway 1.