Outdoor and adventure in Marlborough

Marlborough offers the unique ability to enjoy outdoor and adventure activities with as much or a little effort as you like.

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Tackle the Queen Charlotte Track

Walk or cycle the Queen Charlotte Track. Most people take four days to walk the full 72 km track but you can start or finish the walk at any of the points along the way with water taxi transfers available. It is also very easy to do a section of the track as a day-trip from Picton.

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Go sea kayaking

The Marlborough Sounds offers some of the best sea kayaking experiences in New Zealand - away from the crowds with beauty and wildlife in abundance. Go on a full day or half day sea kayaking tour or if you are more experienced, you can hire a double kayak and explore on your own.

Wilderness Guides website 

Swim with dolphins or fur seals

Swim with dolphins in the sheltered waters of the Marlborough Sounds and check out the bird sanctuary on Motuara Island. Alternatively, swim with the playful fur seals in the wild or scuba dive to a fish reserve where you’ll see huge numbers of specimens.

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Stay the night in the sounds

Stay the night at one of the many seaside lodges, B&Bs and holiday houses along the track, or for the really active people, carry your tent and sleep under the stars! Most places have their own private wharfs so you can access them by boat, but some are only accessed by foot.

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Kayak the Pelorus River

Join an exciting guided kayak trip down the Pelorus River in Havelock. The Pelorus river is an easy paddle for all age levels, and anybody who takes part in this awesome kayak in New Zealand will definitely remember it as a highlight. This is a great family adventure and introduction to canoeing among New Zealand’s most beautiful landscapes.

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Bike the cellar doors

Take a wine tour by bike or hire your own and do a self-guided tour around the 120 wineries and 30 cellar doors in the region. You can pick up the Wine Trail Guide from the local i-SITE visitor centres in the region.

Wine Trail Guide

Walk, run or bike up Wither Hills

If you’re feeling particularly active, walk, run or mountain bike up the Wither Hills and check out the outstanding views across to Wellington from the top. Make sure you check out the Wither Hills winery and cellar door after and refresh wiith a well deserved glass of wine.

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Visit Molesworth Station

Take a tour through Molesworth Station, New Zealand’s largest and most iconic cattle station. The Molesworth Tour Company offers a range of options between one and four days exploring the area and the high-country station situated at the head of the beautiful Awatere Valley.

Molesworth Tours website 

Continue to Wellington

If you have started the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail in Marlborough, follow the trail north to Wellington. Take a 30-minute flight to Picton or sail between Wellington and Marlborough on board the Interislander ferry. To make the most out of your experience, upgrade to “Premium Plus”, an exclusive private lounge with complimentary beer, wine, tea, coffee and a mini buffet.

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