For visitors to the region, Marlborough is an exciting vacation destination that provides an exhilarating and varied range of attractions and activities. From enjoying a
glass of our world-famous Sauvignon Blanc at one the region's numerous wineries to swimming with dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds, the region offers a multitude of recreational
If you enjoy sea-kayaking or scenic boat tours, visits to formal gardens or hiking through native bush, Marlborough is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the finer things
in life. For the eco-tourist and nature-lover, the region provides numerous opportunities to see some of our wildlife close up. Dolphins, seals, shags, blue penguins abound
throughout the Sounds and along the coastline to Kaikoura. Native birds such as tui, bellbirds, fantails and the native kingfisher can be encountered throughout the region,
especially in areas covered in native bush.
It's a fact - did you know this about Marlborough?
The hamlet at the head of Pelorus Sound acquired its name in 1859. Havelock is named after Major-General Sir Henry Havelock, a British general who was noted for his recapture of Kanpur from rebels during the Indian rebellion of 1857. During Marlborough's gold rush of 1864, Havelock boasted 23 hotels catering to the thirsty miners working the goldfields of the Wakamarina and Cullen Creek. The village is now one of Marlborough's most popular tourist destinations.