Things to do in the Marlborough region, New Zealand

Things to do in the Marlborough region, New Zealand

Here are a few travel tips of things you might like to do in the Marlborough region, New Zealand.

- Whales off Kaikoura with a spectatular mountain backdrop

- The Marlborough Sounds, an aquatic playground with bird and dolphin watching, walking, kayaking and sailing.

- Vineyards stretching as far as the eye can see in the Wairau and Awatere Valleys.

- Lake Grassmere - Where seawater is turned into huge piles of salt by the sun and evaporation as well as being a birdwatcher's paradise. Between Seddon and Ward on State Highway 1.

- The Marlborough Wine Festival is held in February each year and on 9 February 2008. Experience over 200 wines from around 40 wineries and gourmet food. It is NZ's longest running wine and food festival.

- Garden Marlborough, an annuanl event running from 31 October – 5 November 2007 showcases Marlborough finest gardens.

- The Kaikoura Seafest is a celebration of the region. Kaikoura meaning food of the sea in Maori has a justified reputation for crayfish, paua and fish. The festival started in 1995 and is held on the first Saturday of October each year. The 13th festival is to be held on Saturday 6th October 2007.

- Marlborough is a outdoors paradise. It can be used as a base for tramping (treking or rambling) in the Nelson Lakes National Park, the Marlborough Sounds, the Richmond Ranges, the Kaikoura Ranges. One of Marlborough's secrets is the Sawcut Gorge.

- Ski Rainbow. 1 1/4 hours to the bottom of the access road, Rainbow Skifield is the northern most skifield in the South Island, close to the village of St Arnaud.

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