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South Island, NZ

Picton and Marlborough – Things to do

South Island Attractions

Marlborough wine and food festival

Marlborough’s Wine and Food Festival draws visitors to the region from far and wide every February. It features delicious wines from throughout New Zealand, including the world famous Sauvignon Blanc. When it comes to dining, small gourmet producers set up stalls and sell everything from oysters to lamb and pork belly. Enter the best dressed competition, listen to expert chefs and wine connoisseurs or simply wander through the grounds taking it all in.

Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

One of the world’s oldest ships, the Edwin Fox is permanently displayed in Picton, where visitors can discover its fascinating history. Built for the East India Company in 1853, the ship is made from teak and saul timber, and is reported to have carried Florence Nightingale during the Crimean War. Having sailed to Australia, the UK, India, China, Cuba and many other ports in between, the ship has a long history, which finished in 1897 when she docked for the last time in Picton.

Marlborough Sounds

Marlborough Sounds is a collection of ancient river valleys which are filled by the Pacific Ocean and stretch for 150km along the South Island’s coast. They’re surrounded by luscious mountains and forests, and house dolphins, seals and even penguins, which can be seen playing in the waters. There are over 50 reserves to see, some with predator-less islands where flightless birds and other endangered animals remain protected.