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.

Why Marlborough?

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 Marlborough Events Centre or ASB Theatre Marlborough (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 with the "wow" factor!

Accommodation

Blenheim and Picton offer a good selection of accommodation for business events and incentive groups. 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 luxury hideaway on the water’s edge in the Marlborough Sounds.
• Journey  through  the  world-class  Omaka  Aviation  Heritage  Centre,  home to Warbirds of WWI  and  WWII including Sir Peter Jackson’s own collection themed by Weta Workshop.
•  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.
•  Get active in the stunning Marlborough great outdoors with cycling, walking, kayaking or golf.
• Savour the taste of locally sourced produce at one of the regions brilliant cafes or restaurants. Enjoy meeting producers and tasting the best Marlborough has to offer at New Zealand’s original  Farmers’ Market.
• Enjoy a  birds-eye  view  of  Marlborough’s  expansive  landscape  with  a  scenic flight by plane, helicopter or vintage biplane.