Wilderness Guides - Half day kayak trip
A fantastic experience the whole family will love! The Marlborough Sounds offers some of the most idyllic and scenic kayaking in New Zealand, with calm inlets, lots of wildlife and absolutely stunning scenery.read more
Our half day trip sets off from a small bay away from the boats and bustle of Picton harbour. We then hug the shoreline as we make our way past hidden beaches and tucked away coves, on the lookout for seals, little blue penguins, stingrays, dolphins and native birdlife. The pace is easy and no experience is necessary. Our friendly guides will ensure you and the kids are comfortable and safe.
Beachcomber Fun Cruises
Cruising on Queen Charlotte Sounds is a must-do - the scenery is simply stunning and there's no other way to reach many of the homes dotted around the bays and coves than by boat. Beachcomber Fun Cruises offer a range of excursions around the Queen Charlotte Sounds, including shore stops, fish feeding and dolphin and other wildlife viewing. The boats are spacious and the crew friendly, they will ensure your family has fun on the Sounds! The Magic Mail Run - share the excitement of mail day and say 'hi' to the locals with the only licensed NZ Post Rural delivery service by water in the Queen Charlotte Sounds. Qualmark endorsed.read more
Pelorus Mail Boat
You have the opportunity to join the world famous Pelorus Mail Run in the Marlborough Sounds. You'll visit isolated homesteads nestled in quiet secluded bays, delivering crucial supplies and mail the same way it has been done for decades. View mussel farms and see why Pelorus Sound is the mussel capital of the world. Old timers row out in dinghies to meet us, while some receive their supplies on tiny, unspoilt beaches. The people of the Marlborough Sounds are as much a part of the area as the history and majestic beauty.read more
Kids under 14 years go FREE!
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/?7d27b-2905404
- Location: Pier B, Havelock Marina, Havelock
Cougar Line Cruises
Cougar Line Cruises operate vessels with in and outdoor viewing and have snacks, refreshments and toilets onboard. Take our one hour Hidden Bay cruise - a fantastic taster for those short of time, or relax, picnic and play at the historic Ship Cove. Exploring the Queen Charlotte Track couldn't be easier - we'll drop you off practically anywhere along the way, then pick you up further along, so you can get a taster of this renowned 71km track.read more
Kiwi Guardian Outdoor Adventures
Get the kids outside to have some FREE family fun connecting with nature at Toyota Kiwi Guardians sites nationwide.
Toyota Kiwi Guardians highlights family-friendly, treasure hunt style activities at specific Department of Conservation sites that encourage kids to engage with the outdoors and, ultimately, earn themselves a medal for their efforts.
The goal of the conservation programme is to turn Kiwi kids into guardians of the land and sea.
A total of 50 sites are operational nationwide. Families can get started on their adventure by downloading the appropriate “treasure hunt” map from: www.kiwiguardians.co.nz
Click on the area of New Zealand nearest to where you are to find the choices available closest to home.read more
Lochmara Lodge Wildlife Recovery & Arts Centre, Family Day Out - Marlborough Sounds
Discover a unique corner of the Marlborough Sounds with one of our Marlborough Sounds cruises, Queen Charlotte Track walks, and day tours. The 'Family Day Out' day trip offers family-oriented activities after you arrive from your boat cruise to Lochmara. Enjoy the flying fox, kayaks, swimming beach, feed the pigs, chickens and alpacas, hand feed kakariki, see wetas and bees. Departure times throughout the day. Family deal is for 2 adults and up to 3 children. Children under 5 free.read more
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre - Blenheim
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre will entertain both the kids and adults alike. With great exhibitions on show, there is also a café serving light refreshments and a museum shop that retails a range of limited edition souvenirs. Family specials available.read more
Shipwrecks Kidsworld – Indoor Playground Picton
Our supersized indoor childrens’ playground in the centre of Picton offers an action packed, fun filled experience for both children and parents. There’s lots to do and space to play regardless of the weather. Shipwrecks offers fully catered kids parties, after school and holiday programmes.read more
- Phone: 03 573 5559
- Location: 100 High Street, Picton
EcoWorld Picton Aquarium
Meet the Locals at EcoWorld Picton Aquarium. Touch a Living Fossil (Tuatara). Get close to a Penguin. Have fun discovering amazing animals that live on Middle-earth, New Zealand, “the youngest land in the world”. Nature - Wildlife - Heritage - Explore & Learn - Family – friendly - Affordable - FUN. At EcoWorld we give you outstanding, intimate experiences. Our knowledgeable staff help you discover and have fun, sharing with you some of New Zealand's amazing native animals that live in our beautiful Marlborough Sounds.read more
- Location: 1 Dunbar Wharf, Picton Foreshore, Picton
Edwin Fox Ship and Visitor Centre - Picton
A child-friendly and all-weather activity. Here at the Edwin Fox and Visitor Centre you will discover the fascinating history of the Edwin Fox (the worlds 9th oldest ship). A permanent display in Picton, where you can learn all about her fascinating round the world adventures and her checkered history from troop carrier to immigrant ship, even convict transporter. Open everyday except Christmas.read more
- Phone: 03 5736868
- Location: Auckland St, Picton
High Country Horse Trek - Blenheim
Eleven kilometres from Blenheim, nestled in Marlborough's high country is Rod and Sarah Westenra's 52 hectares of farmland. Home to a herd of 28 horses, five spoilt sheepdogs, and three cats. We offer a choice of rides, suitable for novice to experienced riders. We recommend the North Bank (1 hour) or Branch River (1-1/2 hrs) for family groups. However, rides are restricted to those 12 years and over. We offer short, led pony rides for under 12s.read more
- Phone: 03 577 9424
- Location: 961 Taylor's Pass Road, Blenheim