The Wither Hills Farm Park has many tracks open to outdoor recreation and it gets a boost in the summer months when New Zealanders move their clocks forward an hour to extend daylight hours.
Daylight Saving starts tomorrow, September 30, when 2am becomes 3am, and ends on the first Sunday in April, when the time switch is reversed.
Marlborough District Council reserves and amenities manager Rosie Bartlett says there are plenty of options for people wanting to spend the extra hour in recreation.
Walking and cycling tracks to suit all ages and abilities stretch across the Wither Hills Farm Park and along the Taylor River Reserve near Blenheim.
People in Picton can explore tracks at Bob's Bay and The Snout, while fun-seekers near Havelock have the Motueka Track.
Evening picnics are popular with family groups, and Rosie says electric barbecues at Pollard Park and on the Waikawa foreshore are free to use.
People will gather at many of the region's recreational parks for a range of summer evening sports, including soccer, cricket, touch, beach volleyball and softball.
Rosie says mountain biking is her favourite summer-evening pastime, but she laughs at the suggestion people get fitter in the summer months. "Well, there's less excuse not to be."
- The Marlborough Express