Family Fun Itinerary

Marlborough is a great place to let loose with the kids and keep the whole family entertained. The waterways of the Marlborough Sounds offer a range of activities for children of all ages as well as the young at heart, a cruise where you can feed friendly fish, sea kayak in the calm inner bays or take a walk on the Queen Charlotte Track. Spend the day at Picton Foreshore playing mini golf, at EcoWorld Aquarium or paddling in the famous Donald Duck pool. For kids big and small the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre brings to life World War One Aircraft and the stories of those that flew them.

Day One

  • If you are bringing your family over from Wellington than start your holiday aboard Interislander with a 3 hour cruise through cook strait and the picturesque Queen Charlotte Sounds to disembark in Picton.
  • Arrive into Picton and head to the foreshore where there is a playground for the younger kids and plenty of grass for the older ones to let loose as well.
  • The redeveloped town wharf at the end of the foreshore is home to a range of activities that are family friendly, rent some mountain bikes or a kayak or jump aboard one of the scheduled services to get a better look at the Sounds. Beachcomber Cruises runs the magic Mail Run 364 days of the year which take you into the Queen Charlotte Sounds as you deliver the locals mai or take a morning cruise with Endeavour Express to a spot on the Queen Charlotte Track for a day’s walk before an afternoon collection.
  • You can return to Picton for an evening at the Mercure Picton Marlborough Sounds, the newly refurbished property overlooking the Picton Marina. If you want to spend a night the sounds than Punga Cove Resort, nestled at the head of Endeavour Inlet or Lochmara Lodge Wildlife Retreat and Arts Centre, in their self-contained family units. 

Day two  

  • On your return to Picton why not head to EcoWorld Aquaruim situated at the Picton Foreshore where the kids can up close and personal with many of New Zealand's native wildlife. Blue Penquins, Tuataras and Kakariki are a few of the residents you will learn about.
  • For something a little different why not take a scenic drive to Havelock on the Queen Charlotte Drive. You can’t visit the Greenshell Mussel Capital of the World without enjoying some of the local speciality and what better way to do it then taking a Greenshell Mussel Cruise into the Kenepuru Sound where you can dine on freshly caught mussels while admiring the stunning scenery.  If you'd like to stay the night in the area then Smiths Farm Holiday Park is only a short drive away and offers a range of accommodation from motels to campsites.
  • Once you’ve enjoyed yourself in Havelock continue round to Blenheim on State Highway six. This will take you through Marlborough wine country where many of the wineries accommodate children with playgrounds on site so the kids are happy while you can select some bottles to bring home with you.
  • The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre on the far side of the region is a must see for young and old alike. A guided option is definitely the best option to see Peter Jackson’s collection of World War One planes and memorabilia brought to life. The kids will be in awe of the lifelike sets that have been created by Wingnut Films and Weta workshops and the stories behind the planes that are housed in this museum.

Day Three

  • Before you head home why not enjoy breakfast made up of uniquely Marlborough ingredients. The Marlborough Farmers Market is held every Sunday and offers a story teller and live music for the kids or if you have a bit more time to spare why not indulge in a long lunch at one of our many family friendly restaurants or Cafes. No matter how you experience Marlborough we are sure it is a family holiday you will never forget.