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Driftwood Eco Tours on community, loyalty and culture
28 Nov 2022  

Driftwood Eco Tours on community, loyalty and culture

“New Zealand needs to be a premium destination,” says the Marlborough operator.


Golden Bay Air expands as tourism recovers
25 Nov 2022  

Golden Bay Air expands as tourism recovers

Golden Bay Air’s nine-passenger Britten Norman Islander aircraft is adding additional seat capacity on flights between Takaka, Karamea, Nelson, and Wellington.


Blenheim to host Global Cities NZ conference
23 Nov 2022  

Blenheim to host Global Cities NZ conference

Blenheim has been selected as the host for the Global Cities New Zealand Conference next year.


…while Marlborough wine & food fest set to dazzle visitors
22 Nov 2022   /

…while Marlborough wine & food fest set to dazzle visitors

New offerings and old favourites are set to return to the 36th Marlborough Wine & Food Festival featuring 30+ wineries and 15+ food trucks next year.


Jacqui Lloyd to depart Destination Marlborough
7 Nov 2022   /

Jacqui Lloyd to depart Destination Marlborough

She has been with the regional tourism organisation since May 2017, where she has developed and guided strategic marketing strategies to grow Marlborough’s destination profile.


Originair extends Nelson – Blenheim flight trial
2 Nov 2022  

Originair extends Nelson – Blenheim flight trial

OriginAir will continue flights from Nelson to Blenheim to cover the full seven-week closure of State Highway 6.


Originair trials Nelson – Blenheim flights
27 Oct 2022  

Originair trials Nelson – Blenheim flights

Originair is conducting a two-week trial of flights between Nelson and Blenheim while State Highway 6 remains closed for critical repair works.


Marlborough roads reopen ahead of holiday, cruise arrival
21 Oct 2022   /

Marlborough roads reopen ahead of holiday, cruise arrival

Marlborough District Council will reopen Queen Charlotte Drive from Picton to Havelock at 5pm this afternoon, after it was severely damaged by a storm in August.


Feedback sought on proposed mountain bike park
13 Oct 2022   /

Feedback sought on proposed mountain bike park

Marlborough District Council is seeking public feedback on a proposed mountain biking skills area and tracks in the Wither Hills Farm Park.


New freedom camping sites proposed for Marlborough
27 Sep 2022  

New freedom camping sites proposed for Marlborough

Marlborough District Council is calling for public feedback on eight proposed freedom camping sites across the region.


Spectate or participate? DOC research examines visitor relationships with nature
22 Sep 2022   /

Spectate or participate? DOC research examines visitor relationships with nature

The Department of Conservation has identified two ‘types’ of visitors – those who spectate nature and those who participate in it.


Marlborough Airport switches to ticketless parking
22 Sep 2022  

Marlborough Airport switches to ticketless parking

Marlborough Airport has introduced ticketless parking for all vehicles.


Marlborough visitor spend, guest nights fall…
9 Sep 2022   /

Marlborough visitor spend, guest nights fall…

Marlborough’s local tourism expenditure was down 7.7% in the year to June – more than the 6.6% drop reported nationally, according to Infometrics.


…but Marlborough food feast back bigger
9 Sep 2022   /

…but Marlborough food feast back bigger

Blenheim visitors and locals will enjoy more space to taste Marlborough food at the Bayley’s Friday Night Feast event this year.


Feedback sought on Picton waterfront development
7 Sep 2022   /

Feedback sought on Picton waterfront development

The proposed development of Picton’s London Quay is open for public consultation.


PM visits Marlborough to help recovery
2 Sep 2022  

PM visits Marlborough to help recovery

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has visited Marlborough to see first-hand the damage to the region caused by storms and flooding in mid-August.


International students return to South Island
30 Aug 2022  

International students return to South Island

Southland and Nelson-Marlborough are welcoming back international students after more than two and a half years.


Water taxi subsidies for Marlborough Sounds
26 Aug 2022   /

Water taxi subsidies for Marlborough Sounds

Marlborough District Council will offer subsidised water taxi services to visitors, workers and residents around the Marlborough Sounds who were affected by weather damage that caused road washouts and slips last week.


Picton ferry terminal rebuild to start early 2023
25 Jul 2022   /

Picton ferry terminal rebuild to start early 2023

An upcoming project to rebuild the Picton ferry terminal has been celebrated with a public information day, held on Saturday.


Marlborough road restoration progress
18 Jul 2022   /

Marlborough road restoration progress

Significant progress” is being made on restoring 460km of Marlborough’s road network following floods that affected the region last year.


Review explores future of NZ’s largest recreation reserve
6 Jul 2022  

Review explores future of NZ’s largest recreation reserve

The Department of Conservation and Te Rūnanga o Kaikōura are collaborating on a plan for the future care of New Zealand’s largest recreation reserve.


Merit in new Picton tourist attractions – study
28 Jun 2022   /

Merit in new Picton tourist attractions – study

Marlborough District Council will consider a new hot-pool aquatic facility, a heritage or environment centre, and a mountain bike park to boost tourism opportunities and increase economic benefits in Waitohi Picton.


Destination Marlborough secures $30k for travel trade promo
15 Jun 2022   /

Destination Marlborough secures $30k for travel trade promo

Destination Marlborough has received $30,000 for a one-off grant from Marlborough District Council.


DOC closes Kahurangi cave for a year to protect spider
2 Jun 2022  

DOC closes Kahurangi cave for a year to protect spider

The Department of Conservation has closed Crazy Paving Cave in Kahurangi National Park for 12 months to protect the rare Nelson cave spider.


Garden Marlborough returns in November
2 Jun 2022  

Garden Marlborough returns in November

The Rapaura Springs Garden Marlborough is set to return from 3-6 November.


Omaka to showcase 70th Cessna anniversary
23 May 2022   /

Omaka to showcase 70th Cessna anniversary

The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre will put on a show to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Cessna 180 from 27-29 May.


Guidance system to aid Marlborough Sounds navigation
13 May 2022   /

Guidance system to aid Marlborough Sounds navigation

Work is underway to provide real-time guidance on channel conditions through the Kura te Au/Tory Channel that links the North and South Islands.


Omaka Mosquito Day raises $35k for iconic aircraft
9 May 2022   /

Omaka Mosquito Day raises $35k for iconic aircraft

New Zealand Aviation Museum Trust has raised $35,000 towards the upkeep of the John Smith Mosquito, a De Havilland aircraft from WW2.


Marlborough to consult further on freedom camping
21 Apr 2022   /

Marlborough to consult further on freedom camping

Marlborough District Council is not satisfied that restrictions on six proposed freedom camping areas are necessary under the Draft Responsible Camping Bylaw 2022.


$1.7m Omaka funding a ‘catch-22’
28 Mar 2022   /

$1.7m Omaka funding a ‘catch-22’

The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Marlborough will receive a $1.7m funding injection from Marlborough District Council, but there’s a ‘catch-22 situation’ attached, says the district’s mayor.


Marlborough Sounds access road opens to public
10 Mar 2022  

Marlborough Sounds access road opens to public

Access to Kenepuru Road between the Water Tank slip and Sandy Bay in the Marlborough Sounds will open to restricted public access from Friday 11 March.


$110m loan for ferry precinct redevelopment approved
8 Mar 2022   /

$110m loan for ferry precinct redevelopment approved

Marlborough District Council has approved a $110m loan to Port Marlborough to finance its share of the Waitohi Picton Ferry Precinct Redevelopment.


Watch: Top of the south road trip
8 Mar 2022  

Watch: Top of the south road trip

So much to see and do, as seen in this joint top of the south road trip campaign encompassing Marlborough, Kaikoura, Hurunui, West Coast and Nelson.


Marlborough to host 2023 Summer Challenge
7 Mar 2022   /

Marlborough to host 2023 Summer Challenge

The Summer Challenge Women’s Adventure Race 2023 is heading to Marlborough, held in Picton from 24 to 26 February.


Park visitors warned of fire risk
1 Feb 2022  

Park visitors warned of fire risk

Marlborough District Council is urging caution at Wither Hills Farm Park due to fire risk.


Air NZ, DOC give kiwi chicks wind beneath their wings
20 Jan 2022   /

Air NZ, DOC give kiwi chicks wind beneath their wings

Air New Zealand has transported three kiwi chicks to their new home on Motuara Island, a predator free island in the Queen Charlotte Sound.


A passable summer for top of south operators
19 Jan 2022   /

A passable summer for top of south operators

But pickings are slimmer on the West Coast, particularly further south.


Queenstown, Marlborough in freedom camping moves
15 Dec 2021   /

Queenstown, Marlborough in freedom camping moves

Queenstown Lakes District Council will vote on its proposed Freedom Camping Bylaw 2021 tomorrow, Thursday 16 December.


Marlborough Wine and Food Festival cancelled again
9 Dec 2021   /

Marlborough Wine and Food Festival cancelled again

Organisers the Marlborough Winegrowers Association said on Wednesday that given staff shortages in the industry it did want to risk the grape harvest, which runs from February to April.


Pounamu Tourism seeks sweet success with new choc shop
7 Dec 2021   /

Pounamu Tourism seeks sweet success with new choc shop

Pounamu Tourism Group has opened what it says is “New Zealand’s most extensive collections of craft chocolate brands”. 


Marlborough to review freedom camping bylaw
16 Nov 2021  

Marlborough to review freedom camping bylaw

Marlborough District Council is reviewing its Responsible Camping Control Bylaw 2020.


Marlborough’s Moa Tap Room wins best beer tourism award
26 Oct 2021   /

Marlborough’s Moa Tap Room wins best beer tourism award

Moa Tap Room in Marlborough has won the beer tourism accolade at the 2021 New Zealand Beer Awards.


116 jobs expected from $14m in conservation projects
7 Oct 2021  

116 jobs expected from $14m in conservation projects

Three new conservation projects funded by a combined $14.2m from the government’s Jobs for Nature programme will create 116 full-time jobs in the northern South Island.


Operators brace for holidays without Auckland, hope for early easing
1 Oct 2021  

Operators brace for holidays without Auckland, hope for early easing

Attractions are resetting their school holiday expectations with Aucklanders absent.


Sections of Queen Charlotte Track to re-open Saturday
24 Sep 2021   /

Sections of Queen Charlotte Track to re-open Saturday

Parts of the storm-damaged Queen Charlotte Track will re-open on Saturday 25 September, says the Department of Conservation.


Marlborough races to repair tracks ahead of holidays
15 Sep 2021   /

Marlborough races to repair tracks ahead of holidays

Work is progressing to restore the flood-damaged Queen Charlotte Track and Link Pathway in the Marlborough region ahead of the school holidays in October.


KiwiRail, ports seek single design partner for new ferry terminals
26 Aug 2021   /

KiwiRail, ports seek single design partner for new ferry terminals

KiwiRail, CentrePort and Port Marlborough are seeking a single design partner for the delivery of two new ferry terminals.


Marlborough park open for locals walking only
25 Aug 2021   /

Marlborough park open for locals walking only

Wither Hills Farm Park in Blenheim is open for walking at Covid-19 alert level 4 but the mountain bike park is closed.


Classic airshow cancelled due to Covid
24 Aug 2021  

Classic airshow cancelled due to Covid

The Yealand Classic Fighters Airshow for 2021 has been cancelled due to the likelihood that the country will not be at an alert level below level 2 by the opening.


Tourism faces ‘wedge of uncertainty’ – TIA’s Roberts
6 Aug 2021   /

Tourism faces ‘wedge of uncertainty’ – TIA’s Roberts

International tourism spend could still be below $4bn by 2024, says Tourism Industry Aotearoa’s boss.