Marlborough Region

The Marlborough region in the upper South Island includes the beautiful Marlborough Sounds and the all-important port and ferry terminal at Picton. Cook Strait ferries from Wellington arrive in the small port of Picton. Blenheim is just an half an hour drive down SH1 to the south of the Picton harbour town, and Havelock to the west can be accessed via a drive along the scenic Queen Charlotte Drive road.

Marlborough Sounds
Marlborough Sounds Ferry Cruise Journey

Picton is an excellent base for hiking tracks and walks in the region, including the famous Queen Charlotte Track.

There are also numerous boat tours you can take on the Marlborough sounds, along with water taxis that will take you (or your luggage) to various places and attractions, or drop off points along the tracks. So if you want to join a track at any point and do a short walk, part of a walk, or hiking without having to carry your luggage, water taxis can accommodate your plans.

The Victoria Domain in Picton leads to several walks of different distances that often join up. Such as ‘Bob’s Bay Track’ 1km one way that takes around 30 minutes, ‘The Snout’ that is 5km one way and and ‘Tirohanga Track’ 3km one way, both of which take around 1 hour 15 minutes. Maps showing all the tracks around Picton can be picked up at the Picton I-Site Visitor Information Centre. There is also a peninsula next to Picton that has been turned into a wildlife haven through the erection of a predator proof fence. If you are interested in doing a walk on this peninsula you have to get a water taxi to it as there is no access on land.

Marlborough is renowned for its wine production and has a lot of vineyards, particularly around Blenheim, if you are interested in following any wine trails or participating in wine tasting tours.

Blenheim is a thriving town south from Picton that has just about anything you could ever need, including a fantastic array of shops in the centre.

Havelock, which you pass through on the way to Nelson, is famous for Mussels and a Mussel Festival that is held annually. You can also take tours on the sounds from Havelock.

Marlborough

Waikawa
Waikawa Marina Marlborough Picton
  • Awatere Valley
  • Blenheim
    • Blenheim Airport
  • Havelock
  • Marlborough Sounds
    • Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Picton
  • Renwick
  • Seddon
  • Waikawa

Marlborough Attractions and Activities

The list below is just a sample of the many attractions in the Marlborough region...

  • Boat Cruises, Water Taxi, and Kayak rental companies
  • Eco World
  • E-Ko Tours: Wildlife Cruises & Dolphin Swimming in Picton
  • Havelock
  • Karaka Point Reserve
  • Kenepuru Road and Kenepuru Sound
  • Lochmara Lodge Marlborough Sounds Wildlife Recovery Centre
  • Long Island Marine Reserve
  • Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary
  • National Whale Centre
  • Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
  • Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
  • Pelorus Mail Boat
  • Pelorus Sound
  • Picton Community Museum
  • Queen Charlotte Drive
  • Queen Charlotte Sound
  • Queen Charlotte Track
  • The Edwin Fox Ship
  • Titi Island Wildlife Refuge
  • Waikawa Marina
Karaka Point Reserve - Marlborough
Karaka Point Reserve Lookout

Map of Marlborough