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Cruise the Marlborough Sounds. © Barekiwi

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Abel Tasman National Park: a piece of paradise

Abel Tasman is probably New Zealand’s best-known and most popular national park – but it really has to be seen to be believed.  Read the story . . . 

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Long Island/Kokomahua Marine Reserve

Tucked away in the Marlborough Sounds, Long and Kokomohua islands are nestled inside the entrance to Queen Charlotte Sound. Read the story . . . 

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Must-Do's: Upper South Island Travel Guide

Covering Marlborough, Nelson Tasman, Canterbury and all the way down the West Coast, our Upper South Island Must-Do's guide has all the insider travel information you’ll need, including activities, attractions and accommodation. 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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Brook Waimārama Sanctuary: Nelson’s nature reserve

The Brook Waimārama Sanctuary on the outskirts of Nelson City is the largest fenced preserve for endangered wildlife in the South Island.  Read the story . . . 

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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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Nelson kaimoana: enjoy the catch of the day

Nelson is the largest fishing port in Australasia, so you’d expect the kaimoana to be pretty good in these parts. Read the story . . . 

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Te Waikoropupū Springs Scenic Reserve: spectacular freshwater springs

There is near-optically pure water at the sacred ‘Place of the Dancing Sands', the largest freshwater springs in the southern hemisphere. Read the story . . . 

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Urban explorer: Nelson

Nelson has it all: a vibrant centre, fabulous music scene, incredible outdoor opportunities, arts and crafts, culture and stellar marks for sunshine hours.  Read the story . . . 

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Take a family-friendly walk around Wairau Lagoons

Following the shoreline of the Wairau Lagoons, take a flat, family-friendly walk to spot seabirds and a shipwreck.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Ride one of the world’s longest flying foxes in Nelson

The Skywire at Cable Bay Adventure Park is a thrilling 300-metre-high, 1.6km return trip that sees you shoot across the treetops at up to 100 km/h.  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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