10 Fun (mostly) Free Things To Do In Marlborough

10 Fun (mostly) Free Things To Do In Marlborough

IMG_7303While some head away for the Christmas break, many of us stay right here in Marlborough, and why wouldn’t you? It’s the ultimate place to be during the summer months, with a heap of activities on our doorstep.

If you are sticking around, why not check out our list of 10 (mostly) free things to do in Marlborough. Wishing everyone a safe and happy holiday season!

  1. Picton. The ultimate stay-cation destination. There’s loads of stuff to see and we love the buzz out there during the summer months. Relax with an ice cream at the beach, browse the shops, stroll around to Bob’s Bay, have a long lunch at one of the waterfront cafes, or enjoy fish and chips on the esplanade.
  2. Mt Vernon. 422 metres above sea level, Mt Vernon is the tallest peak in the Wither Hills. During the heat of the day, it’s not the most pleasant place to be – but take a walk up in the early morning or evening and reward yourself with stunning views over the Wairau Valley, Cook Strait and even Wellington on a good day.
  3. Swimming. Fancy a dip to freshen off? We’re spoilt for choice here in Marlborough – the Wairau River, Craiglochart, Whites Bay, Waikawa – where’s your favourite?
  4. Gathering kaimoana. With one fifth of New Zealand’s coastline on our doorstep with the Marlborough Sounds, we’re lucky enough to have an abundance of fish and shellfish at our fingertips. Grab a mate who knows the secret spots, and get involved!
  5. FullSizeRender (34)Mountain biking. Renwick, Blenheim and Picton all have dedicated mountain biking tracks and trails. Not to mention Rarangi, Nydia Bay, Wakamarina, Queen Charlotte Track and the new link pathway from Anakiwa to Picton. On yer bikes!
  6. Camping.  Not too far from Blenheim is the Momorangi and Whites Bay camp grounds and picnic areas.  Both are perfect places for families to unplug and enjoy the simpler things in life. Pitch your tent, let the kids run off and play, while you stretch out and relax.
  7. Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve. Less than an hour’s drive from Blenheim, the Pelorus River is an awesome spot for families to explore. The gorgeous river cuts through a rocky gorge, offering plenty of opportunities for relaxed swimming, tubing and sunbathing. You could even don a mask and snorkel to see if you can find any flecks of gold remaining from the gold rush days. There’s plenty of tracks and trails winding through the native bush as well.
  8. beach-cricketTramping. With the Richmond Range Forest Park on our back doorstep and Nelson Lakes National Park just down the road, the opportunity for single and multi-day tramps abound. If you’re new to tramping, or have small children, we recommend packing some sammies (and insect repellent) and checking out Lake Chalice. A steep, well developed track leads you down to a 6-bunk hut and the lake which is beautifully refreshing on a hot day. Stay the night, or hike out the same day – but be warned – what goes down, must come back up again!
  9. Onamalutu Domain. A fantastic spot to escape the Nor’westerly winds, the Onamalutu is a sunny little nook with plenty of flat, open space to run, camp and play – perfect for a spot of cricket. Or pack a picnic lunch, blanket and a good book and have a snooze in the sun.
  10. Taylor River. Stroll or bike into town and enjoy coffee or lunch in one of Blenheim’s cafes, or browse through some of the unique stores – just like our parents used to. No need to worry about parking, and no stress if you have an extra glass of wine with lunch.

PS – Harcourts Marlborough will be closed from 12pm Friday December 21 and will reopen Monday January 7. Happy Holidays everyone!

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