Marlborough Sounds: unspoilt wilderness

Marlborough must have been an amazing place to visit in the last Ice Age, when a fair chunk of the...


The great river valleys of ancient Marlborough produced the internationally renowned sounds. © Westend61

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Walking

Walk or ride Marlborough’s Nydia Track

Running from Kuiama Bay near Havelock, to Duncan Bay in Tennyson Inlet, the Nydia Track is one of the lesser-known walks in the Marlborough Sounds.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Kayak Queen Charlotte Sound

The Marlborough Sounds are made up of more than 1,500 kilometres of intricate waterways. The inlets, islets, capes and coves here are best explored by water on a sea kayak.  Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Get outdoors: 10 wonderful winter walks

Winter doesn’t have to be a season of total hibernation. With some planning, safety precautions and sensible gear you can still enjoy the outdoors. We’ve picked out 10 short walks around New Zealand to get you inspired.   Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Get outdoors: five vineyards to visit by bike in Blenheim

The best way to get around the multitude of vineyards in this pocket of Marlborough is by bike. Flat, straight roads and cycle paths that wind through the vines make for almost effortless cycling and the wineries are all within easy proximity of each other.  Read the story . . . 

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Fish n' chips and L&P on the beach

From Ahipara to Ahuriri; Mangonui to the Mount; Paihia to Piha – New Zealand is spoilt for spots to enjoy fish and chips by the sea.  Read the story . . . 

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Family fun

Discover the history of combat aircraft at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Originally established by a small group of passionate aviation enthusiasts, Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Blenheim has grown to become a site of national significance. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Get a taste of terroir at the Marlborough Food and Wine Festival

Sample the best of Marlborough wine in one easy location at the Marlborough Food and Wine Festival.  Read the story . . . 

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Discover Captain James Cook’s favourite New Zealand base, Ship Cove

Set on the outskirts of the Marlborough Sounds, Ship Cove Meretoto was a favourite anchorage of Captain James Cook and remains popular with boaties today.  Read the story . . . 

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Get a bird’s-eye view of Picton from the Tirohanga Track

While the Marlborough Sounds are spoilt for scenic spots and great views, one of the best and most accessible viewpoints is at the top of the Tirohanga Track in Picton. Read the story . . . 

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Things to do

Indulge: food and drink in Marlborough

There are epicurean delights to discover in Marlborough that go beyond the famous seafood and Sauvignon Blanc. Read the story . . . 

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Adventure time: tramping in New Zealand

Known in other countries as hiking, bushwalking or trekking, tramping is a uniquely Kiwi term that fits the style of walking here – often rough, frequently wet, but regularly inspiring.  Read the story . . . 

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Marlborough Sounds: unspoilt wilderness

Marlborough must have been an amazing place to visit in the last Ice Age when a fair chunk of the Southern Ocean was locked up in the Antarctic icebox.  Read the story . . . 

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Marlborough Wine Trail

With nearly 800ha in grapes, Marlborough is New Zealand’s largest wine-growing region and the list of local labels often features at the honours table of international wine festivals. Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival: sauvignon blanc on its home turf

Sip the exuberant and intense varietal in the sacred space that first introduced New Zealand wine to the world. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Loved by the locals: Marlborough

From pies and pastries to planes, art galleries and Great Walks, it's all here in Marlborough. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Classic New Zealand Wine Trail: Napier to Blenheim

What better way to taste your way across islands and through three of New Zealand's major wine-producing regions than on the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail... Read the story . . . 

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