Things to do in Marlborough During Winter

Things to do in Marlborough During Winter

IMG_4146There’s something about the Marlborough winter that we love. Sure it’s cold in the mornings, but once the frost melts away, nine times out of 10 we’re left with a crisp, clear day. And no wind!

We’ve talked before about things to do in our beautiful province in the summer, and some of those we like to continue with in the winter; but if you’re stuck for ideas to get you out of the house during the colder months, keep reading, we’ve got some ideas.

The Wither Hills. These hills are one of Marlborough’s year-round beauties, and while we love to get up there in the summer, there’s something about crisp, clear winter days on the Wither Hills which catch us out every time. The best thing about the hills is that there’s a track for everyone, from trails at road level, to peaks hundreds of metres above sea level. You can walk, run or cycle your way to the different peaks, taking in vast clear views deep into the Wairau Valley in one direction, across to the Marlborough Sounds, Cook Strait, Wellington’s South Coast and the Kapiti Coast in the other. Exercise, fresh air, and amazing views; bliss.

Winery Lunch. If you’re living in Marlborough, chances are you know about its wine industry. You might even be a part of it. Why not play tourist in your own town and visit one of the wineries you’ve never been to for a tasting or a spot of lunch? Or go all out and visit them all on a wine tour…

Visit Whites Bay or Rarangi Beach. It seems crazy to think about the beach when temperatures are plummeting below zero, but sometimes a wintery visit to the beach can be just what the doctor ordered. Rug up, pack a picnic and the dog and get out and about for some fresh air and stunning sea-views. You’ll be glad you did.

Explore our region by foot. One of Marlborough’s biggest assets is its scenery. We personally can’t get enough of the Marlborough Sounds, and thanks to a team of hardworking people, there are now even more ways to explore the beauty. New pathways from both Havelock and Picton, which will eventually form one “Link Pathway” promise stunning views of the Queen Charlotte Sound.

With more food outlets per capita than New York; sample the food! For a small town, we really are spoilt for choice when it comes to picking where to eat. Treat yourself; spend a relaxing Sunday sampling what Marlborough has to offer.

IMG_3991Lake Rotoiti. The closure of State Highway 1 has reminded us of one of the natural beauties we have just up the road here in Marlborough. Less than an hour and a half from Blenheim; St Arnaud offers an abundance of walking or cycling tracks, the chance feed the eels or even enjoy the views from out on the lake by boat. It’s perfect for a day trip, or you can even hire a house and escape the mundane without the need for hours of travel. It’s bliss in the winter.

Rainbow Ski Area. Get up at the crack of dawn and get up to Rainbow Ski Area for a day skiing, snowboarding, tobogganing, or just making snow men. You could even make a weekend of it, or visit the ski field while you’re staying down the road in St Arnaud. You can’t beat a day or two  in the snow!
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. We’ve mentioned playing tourist in your own town. Have you ever visited the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre? There’s a reason it’s a must-do for tourists when they visit Marlborough. Their collection of WWI and WWII aircraft, artefacts and memorabilia are truly awe-inspiring. Well worth a look, and it’s right here in Blenheim!

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