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
Bike Hire Marlborough
Bike Hire in the heart of the Marlborough wine region. Flat, easy biking and beautiful scenery mean cycling the vineyards is the only way to tour the wineries and makes for a great family day out. Within 3km of our home base at the Vines Village there are over a dozen wineries and river trails, giving you the best location in Marlborough to start riding from.read more
Our base at the Vines Village has safe off-road parking and an on-site cafe to pick up a picnic lunch or drink for your day.
We offer free pick-up and drop-off from your Blenheim and Renwick accommodation so you don't need to bike the 15km from town to get to the heart of the wine region. Please note your children's ages when booking, so we can prepare their bikes.
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/pub/supplier.aspx?a=KIDZGO&b=BIKEH0
- Location: 193 Rapaura Rd, Rapaura, Blenheim
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
Steadfast Traditional Sail
Steadfast Traditional Sail offers day and extended sailing adventures on board Steadfast, a 60' French pilot cutter.
Day Cruises depart from the wharf in Picton, leaving at 1pm and returning at 5pm. After clearing the harbour and setting sail, we'll spend the afternoon exploring the beautiful bays and coves of the inner Queen Charlotte Sound.
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/?f3cac-2905399
- Location: Lighthouse Cottage, RD3, French Pass
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
We carry passengers and vehicles between Wellington and Picton up to four times daily and offer a range of fares to suit your budget.read more
Catching the ferry between Wellington and Picton with Bluebridge is a real treat. Enjoy our kiwi hospitality or kick back in your very own private cabin.
On-board you'll find a full cafe-style menu, premium L'affare coffee and award-winning Marlborough wines.
And if you can take your eyes off the views, kick back with free Wi-Fi, free recent release movies and play areas for the kids.
The Bluebridge journey takes just over three hours. What are you waiting for? Book your Cook Strait ferry now and come on over!
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/?8ae9f-2902024
- Location: 50 Waterloo Quay, Pipitea, Wellington
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
If you want a memorable family experience then come and experience E-Ko Tours. Operating in the clear and calm water of Marlborough Sounds there are four nature and Eco tours to choose from - Dolphin Swimming and Viewing, Eco Cruise, Bird Watching Expeditions and Motuara Island Bird Sanctuary or Historic Ship's Cove, where birds are so plentiful, fearless and very vocal that taking the time to sit quietly will have birds come within arms reach. These tours are fully-guided, informative, educational and fun. You will search for Dusky, Bottlenose, Orca and the rare Hectors Dolphin and if conditions allow you will be able to swim up close and personal to see such amazing wildlife in their own environment. With a 90% encounter rate of viewing dolphins your kids will be absolutely enthralled! Any one of these tours will leave you saying “what a memorable and great family experience”.read more
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/pub/supplier.aspx?a=KIDZGO&b=EKONEW
- Phone: 03 573 8040
- Location: Picton Foreshore, Picton
Pelorus Eco Adventures
Paddle down New Zealands most beautiful river.read more
Join our experienced, friendly guides on an eye-opening, fun adventure paddling on the Pelorus river.
Includes short native bush walk informing about native plants, including the silver fern.
Explore the famous filming locations used in the second “Hobbit” movie “The Desolation of Smaug”
Definetly the most beautiful river you ever paddled.
- Web: bookings.bookitsecure.com/?4fca9-2905402
- Location: 48 main rd havelock, Havelock, Blenheim
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.
Wilderness Guides - Queen Charlotte Combo Trip
This unique day trip is absolutely the best way to experience the Marlborough Sounds and Queen Charlotte Track all in one day. You need no experience and the trip is suitable for children 12 years and over. Start your day with our thorough safety briefing, before your guided sea kayak tour, hugging the shoreline and checking out the local wildlife and native bush. Arriving in Anakiwa you can don your walking boots and take to the Queen Charlotte Track - along one of its easiest, yet most scenic sections. Finish your day with a water taxi pick up - a thrilling boat ride with fantastic views back towards where you've been. Note: lunch/nibbles provided.read more
The Vines Village - Blenheim
The Vines Village offers an array of artisan stores, where you can experience art, craft, a cafe, wine and shopping all within a family-friendly environment. Nestled amongst tranquil lakeside grounds and only 15 minutes from Blenheim there are family activities, bike hire, kids' treasure hunts, a pirate playground, free sports equipment & regular family events, including free WiFi and dog parking which make this a great place to visit!read more