Discover Marlborough

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Where to find us

With direct flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch, visitors flying into Marlborough land at Marlborough Airport, just 7km from the centre of Blenheim. For those who want to arrive by water, the port town of Picton can be accessed by ferry on a scenic three-hour sailing from Wellington. Alternatively, visitors can travel by train up the coast from Christchurch.

Scenic Highlights

Only Marlborough boasts a fifth of the country’s coastline, New Zealand’s largest wine region, and its largest high-country farm. This makes for a fantastic conference and incentive destination filled with great food, wine and craft beer, and unforgettable experiences in the mountains, among the vineyards or by the sea. Marlborough sits at the head of the Southern Alps, at the top of the South Island. Protected by mountain ranges, the temperate climate and high sunshine hours make Marlborough a fantastic year-round conference destination.
What’s on

March 2019
Havelock Mussel & Seafood Festival

April 2019
Yealands Classic Fights Airshow

November 2019
Ocean Vine Hop

Conference Venues & Facilities

Marlborough has a range of venues and facilities for your next conference or business event. Whether it is an executive meeting overlooking the vines, a small conference down in the Marlborough Sounds or a larger conference at the purpose built Convention Centre or ASB Theatre (or a combination of the two), Marlborough can cater for a range of conferences and business events. The WWII exhibition and function space at Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre also provides a unique off-site dinner option.


Blenheim and Picton offer a good selection of accommodation for business events and conventions. There are more than 1000 rooms available in accommodation ranging from luxury lodges amongst the vines and nestled in the Sounds, to town-based hotels combining accommodation and conference facilities on the same premises.

Unforgettable Experiences

• Take a cruise or kayak in the Marlborough Sounds, join a mail boat, see where our seafood grows, visit a wildlife sanctuary or      
   swim with dolphins.
• Walk or mountain bike the Queen Charlotte Track, soaking up stunning views of the Marlborough Sounds while your luggage is
   boated to your accommodation each day. 
• Indulge in a long lunch at a winery restaurant and spend the day visiting cellar doors to sample Marlborough’s world-famous wines
  amid the vines that grew them.
• Wander through the vibrant seaport town of Picton; the foreshore showcases the region’s marine history complemented by cafés,   galleries and walking tracks.
• Stay amongst the vines or at a hideaway on the water’s edge in the Marlborough Sounds
• Journey through the world-class Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, where rare WWI and WWII memorabilia and aircraft have been
  brought to life by the team behind The Lord of the Rings.
• Discover the landscapes and history of New Zealand’s largest farm, the Molesworth high country station.
• Take a scenic drive and visit local food producers and artists along the way.
• Indulge in a Sunday brunch featuring Marlborough cherries, pine nuts, goat’s cheese and wild venison at the weekly Marlborough
  Farmers’ Market
• Get a birds-eye view of Marlborough’s expansive landscape with a scenic flight by plane, helicopter or vintage biplane.