5. CRUISE MARLBOROUGH SOUNDS
The most idyllic areas of Marlborough Sounds can only be accessed by boat, and are best explored with a scenic cruise that provides ample opportunities to meet the wildlife that live in and around the Sounds; fur seals, little blue penguins, dolphins the rare Rowi kiwi, tuatara and weka.
4. DINE LIKE ROYALTY
Dine on fresh seafood straight from the waters of the Marlborough Sounds with a seafood cruise. You will be taken out on the sounds to enjoy seafood straight from the source; including King Salmon, mussels and clams matched with a Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc – guaranteed to be a meal unlike any other!
3. SHOP LIKE A LOCAL
Explore the local markets and artisan producers to try locally-grown produce such as saffron, pine nuts, hazelnuts, honey, olives, chocolates, garlic and sea salt or purchase some handcrafted woodwork, pottery, soaps, or natural beauty products for unique souvenirs to remind of your visit to this beautiful area.
2. TASTE OF MARLBOROUGH
With more than 30 cellar doors, Marlborough offers every visitor the chance to find the perfect drop. Explore the cellar doors at your own pace, self-drive, cycle or join a guided wine tour. Or if you prefer a cold beer, then don’t worry Marlborough has you covered with the local Renaissance and Moa craft breweries producing quality brews.
1. EXPLORE QUEEN CHARLOTTE TRACK
Stretching 43 miles from Ship Cove to Anakiwa, the Queen Charlotte track is an intermediate to advanced grade adventure. The whole track can be completed in 5 days on foot, or 3 days on a mountain bike with luggage transfers available by water-taxi. You will be rewarded with stunning views of Queen Charlotte and Kenepuru Sounds and encounters with native birds such as the fantail and weka.