The best times to be in and around Marlborough


The good weather ensures that there is always something in the Marlborough area all year round.

Here are some of the highlights, but as always the dates could change due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions.

January 6

A brand new festival to start the new year. The Golden Sounds Music Festival brings the cream of dance music to Blenheim.

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* Thousands of people come to the green mussel capital of Marlborough
* Marlborough Wine and Food Festival 2022 will take place in a new location
* The biggest social event on the calendar – the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival

Drum and bass heavyweights Wilkinson and Dimension are expected to make headlines and will be joined by Culture Shock, K Motionz, 1991, Mollie Collins and Emwa.

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Havelock - the capital of New Zealand's green lipped mussel industry.

Havelock Mussel Festival

Havelock – the capital of New Zealand’s green lipped mussel industry.

12th of March

All roads lead to the small town of Havelock which celebrates its annual mussel and seafood festival.

Refuel not only on the native green mussel, but also on a large serving of King New Zealand Salmon and Pacific Oyster, which are also grown in the crystal-clear waters of the Marlborough Sounds. This family event will also include a large part of entertainment and musical acts.

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Marina 2 Marina offers a range of stroke length options.

Marina 2 Marina

Marina 2 Marina offers a range of stroke length options.

March 26

Probably one of the most scenic ways to sweat it out, the Marina 2 Marina race takes place in the heart of the Marlborough Sounds, taking the trails between Picton, Waikawa and Anakiwa

There are a range of race duration options to suit all fitness levels, but all end at the Picton waterfront where competitors can enjoy a festival atmosphere at the end.

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The GrapeRide is for hardcore and more casual riders.

Whitehaven GrapeRide

The GrapeRide is for hardcore and more casual riders.

23 april

True to the more energetic theme, Marlborough will host cyclists from across the country for the iconic GrapeRide.

There are a variety of course distances, from the intensive 202km Magnum route to the funniest 42km Taster, as well as short and long mountain bike routes.

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Paripuma Garden in Blenheim.


Paripuma Garden in Blenheim.

November 3-6

The premier event for green thumbs in the region and across the country, Garden Marlborough showcases the best in horticulture through exhibitions, events and masterclasses.

Meet the other enthusiasts at the Garden Party and sip and meet the speakers and guests, then grab these very important gifts at the Garden Party.

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It’s a busy weekend as the Marlborough A&P Show is also taking place November 5-6 in Blenheim. It is the annual celebration of rural and urban communities in the region.

Horses, farm animals large and small, and sheep shearing, combine in home competitions for crafts, photography and baking.

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Classic Fighters Omaka Airshow celebrates magnificent machines in the air and on the ground.

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Classic Fighters Omaka Airshow celebrates magnificent machines in the air and on the ground.


April 7-9

An event to mark a little further down your calendar is the Classic Fighters Omaka Airshow.

Rescheduled due to Covid-19 restrictions, the air show is an action-packed family event celebrating the magnificent machines both in the air and on the ground.

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To confirm

The Marlborough Wine & Food Festival, the oldest festival of its kind in New Zealand, had to postpone its event to 2022 due to Covid-19. No new date has been announced at the time of writing.

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