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Marlborough Must Do’s

Marlborough has many great activities all year round from Wine Tours to Wilderness Experiences.

See our below recommendations on things to do on your next visit to the region!

Events & Festivals

Events & Festivals

If you stay with Chateau Marlborough in January, you can catch premier horseracing action at the Waterlea Racing Club Carnival.

In February, you’re right on time to experience the legendary Marlborough Food and Wine Festival, a week-long festival of Marlborough wine and gourmet delights! 

March is the month for the awesome Havelock Mussel Festival, while April and Easter weekend are abuzz with crowds for the Classic Warbird Fighters Airshow ( Held every alternative year) Please note Classic Warbird Airshow has been moved to September 2021.

Challenge yourself with the most uniquesocial and picturesque half marathon in NZ. Join us in stunning Marlborough, the wine and food mecca of the world for the Saint Clair Half Marathon every year in May!

November is Garden Marlborough time, and Blenheim town and Gardens come alight with summer color. This is a superb time to see the beautiful gardens of Blenheim and Marlborough on one of the many garden tours and garden parties that are held over the festival week. The Garden Fete held on Sunday ends the week perfectly with this show stopper event.

Marlborough Wine Tours

Marlborough Wine Tours

There are a variety of wine tour schedules on offer, catering for both the independent traveler as well as corporate tour options. These vary from half day to full day wine tours.

Well known and popular wine tours include,

Bubbly Grape Wine Tours 

Highlight Wine Tours

Sounds Connection

Marlborough Tour Company

Numbers are limited to small, intimate groups and these wine tours offer an unbeatable combination of local wine knowledge and personalised service while showcasing the best of Marlborough wineries and vineyards.

Top your Marlborough wine tour off with a sumptuous winery lunch and wine tasting, include a visit to the Marlborough olive groves or maybe sample some of our world famous liqueurs!

Another recently launched activity for the Highlight Wine Tours, is their Classic Cars tour. Check out the link below.

Classic Car Wine Tours


Marlborough Sounds Cruises

Marlborough Sounds Cruises

The many hidden resorts and private homes of the Marlborough Sounds rely on boats to deliver them post and supplies and you can come along for the journey! 

These ‘mail cruises’ or ‘delivery cruises’, as they are known, allow you to explore so many of the secluded coves and historic inlets of the Marlborough Sounds. Eco-Cruises to the bird sanctuary of Motuara Island are also a superb way to see the Marlborough Sounds. Lunch cruises are a very popular option and may see you landing at a secluded beach for a gourmet BBQ. 

There are so many exceptional cruises to choose from! Luckily, the Chateau Marlborough team can recommend options to you. Stay in our luxury Marlborough accommodation before and after your Marlborough Sounds cruise, and our reception team can also arrange your cruise booking. 

Another Marlborough Sounds cruise option is the greenshell mussel cruise, which departs from either Picton or Havelock. This unique food and wine cruise has proven very popular with Chateau Marlborough guests, and takes you through the tranquil waters of the Marlborough Sounds to learn about the history of the sounds and pioneering people. Enjoy a visit to a greenshell mussel farm and sample freshly steamed mussels with a glass of world famous Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc. 

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Blenheim Sightseeing

Blenheim Sightseeing


Things to see
An easy walk from your Chateau Marlborough hotel accommodation, Blenheim township is full of small boutiques and galleries to delight treasure-seekers of all ages. 

The focal point of Blenheim town is the attractive Seymour Square, the base for the Garden Marlborough festival each November, with its well-tended flowerbeds, memorial clock tower and fountain. An historic bandstand and amphitheatre, adjacent to Seymour Square, are regularly used for a wide range of performing arts. 

Of historic interest are both Riverlands Cob Cottage, furnished in pioneer style, and the Brayshaw Museum Park with its reconstructed colonial village. A miniature railway runs alongside the river, transporting passengers from Blenheim town to Brayshaw Park museum and settler town. 

Blenheim has a reputation for lovely gardens, including Waterlea Gardens and Pollard Park botanical gardens, featuring winding walkways through its gardens and rivers along with children’s playgrounds and barbeque areas for those summer picnics. 

Activities in the Blenheim countryside include whitewater rafting, tramping, boating, kayaking, horse trekking, mountain biking, trout fishing and skiing. More sedate pursuits include strolling through the lovely parks and gardens of Blenheim, or enjoying a visit to an art studio, olive grove, cheese factory or boutique distillery.

Omaka Heritage Centre

Omaka Heritage Centre

Personal collection of film director Sir Peter Jackson, Omaka Heritage Centre is one of the world’s largest private collections of the Great War and World War II aircraft and artifacts in dramatic displays. Created by Wingnut Films with mannequins by Weta Workshop.

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Marlborough Wilderness Experiences

Marlborough Wilderness Experiences

Come and experience Marlborough's High Country offerings with Marlborough Saw Tours.

Take in the rolling hills and sprawling vineyards as we head off the beaten track and into the wilderness. Get ready to enjoy stunning views and encounters with various wild animals on privately owned High Country Stations. We combine this tour with a gourmet picnic set amongst the rugged landscape. 

Marlborough Saw Tours offer both half day, day and overnight experiences to suit every taste.  All meals are included, as is good fire side banter for those who opt for the overnight stay. 

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Half-Day Wilderness Tours

$230 per person
Includes Tea/Coffee Muffins/Biscuits

$285 per person
Includes platters (Seafood/Meat/Cheese) with Marlborough wine

​Minimum booking of 2 people, maximum of 10

Hunting Tours

​If hunting is your thing then we also offer various fully guided hunting opportunities from $500 per day and trophy stag heads starting at $1500.

​Minimum booking of 1 person

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