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 seaside township of Kaikoura takes its name from the legend of the mythical warrior Tamatea-Pokai-Whenua who, while chasing some of his runaway wives, stopped along the way to make a meal of crayfish. Although the township's name means "to eat crayfish", it is said that its full name is Te Ahi-kai-koura-a-Tamatea-pokai-whenua, meaning "the fire which Tamatea-Pokai-Whenua made to cook crayfish".