Marlborough Recreational Activities


Marlborough offers an extensive range of recreational activities to suit a wide range of lifestyles. The local wine industry provides the environment for a wide range of wining and dining experiences, while the sparsely populated but spectacular natural environment provides plenty of opportunities for those who are more adventurous.

The Marlborough Sounds are extremely popular as a destination for recreational activities both on and off the water, with fishing, kayaking, tramping, camping and cycle racing, just some of the activities that take place in the region.




Marlborough has always boasted a strong interest in aviation, and there are a variety of activities available.

Birding in Marlborough


The Marlborough region offers excellent opportunities for birding, with a wide variety of species including indigenous and introduced birds in a variety of habitats.

Cycling in Marlborough


Marlborough offers a range of tracks, trails and events for both road and mountain bike riders.

Fly Fishing (Freshwater)


Many rivers and streams and rivers in the Marlborough region offer excellent opportunites for the keen angler.



There are a number of courses in Marlborough for enthusiastic golfers

Marine Fishing


Marlborough has an extensive coastline and a range of marine environments that support a variety of marine species of interest to the reacreational angler.

Marlborough Parks and Reserves


The Marlborough region has a wealth of parks and reserves suitable for a wide range of activities, from sports, to picnics to outdoor pursuits.

Marlborough Regular Events


Marlborough hosts a range of regular events from the Wine Festival every summer, to Blues and Brews, to the Biennial Classic Fighters Airshow, amongst others.



During the winter months the Rainbow Skifield provides recreation for those people who like to head for the slopes.

Tramping and Walking


Marlborough provides many opportunities for tramping and hiking from short, easy day trips to long expeditions requiring a high level of fitness and experience.

Wine Tasting


Marlborough boasts New Zealand's best selection of wineries ranging from small boutique operations to large well known labels.