Marlborough Recreational Activities

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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.


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


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


The Marlborough region boasts a particularly high number of golf courses per capita.

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 Events

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


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 is renowned for its sauvignon blanc, with numerous wineries open to the public to sample their wine.

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