An Australian couple visiting Picton yesterday reckon they were in the perfect spot to see in the new year.
Leeann and Leigh Whitehair arrived on the Coastal Pacific train from Christchurch.
They said they planned to continue enjoying life in 2014, and felt the Marlborough Sounds was the best place to start.
Also in Picton yesterday were about 300 passengers on the cruise ship Silver Shadow.
Crew member Charlotte Robles, who is from the Philippines, said she hoped to be "a lot better person" in 2014.
The Express also talked to Marlborough people yesterday on their hopes and views for the new year.
Doug Avery, at Bonavaree Farm: "A few less extremes, a fixed house, wellbeing among my family and friends."
SPCA Op Shop manager Carol Schofield: "I hope people will keep supporting the SPCA and it's op shop. It is for such a good cause."
Showgrounds Store owner Henry Huang: "No more robbers and peace of mind that my wife and staff will be safe at work."
Blue Door charity shop manager Bronwen Demmocks: "Looking forward to the big move to our new showroom in February. It is something for all our customers to look forward to as well - we can't wait."
Jo Lane: "Happy, healthy children and community."
Brent McNamara: "See my grandchild and my grandmother."
Vee Haddy: "Health, travel, selling the house - not necessarily in that order."
Evelyn McLean: "Health, happiness and wealth."
Shelley Avery: "No more earthquakes."
Beer writer Geoff Griggs: "I'm hoping for a healthy, happy and shake-free 2014 for all Marlburians."
Tracy Johnson, of Destination Marlborough: "I am hopeful that 2014 will deliver growth in visitor arrivals to the region throughout the year providing local businesses with a steady customer base that will encourage new investment in infrastructure and services that both locals and visitors can enjoy."
Scott Radovanovich, of Classic Hits Marlborough " If 2013 taught me anything, it's the very real topic of poverty in our region. I hope Marlburians in 2014 open our eyes to a problem in our region that is affecting our children. That, and I hope we have no more earthquakes."
Annie Thompson: "Three more delicious weeks of camping with sun and happiness like today. Beginning the new year in the way we are ending the last one - warm, happy and surrounded with the people we love."
Marlborough Mayor Alistair Sowman: "I want a far more settled year, I don't want what we had last year. It has been a trying year with weather extremes and the earthquakes. But things seem more positive, people in town seem happy. I hope we can enjoy the next 12 months without any challenges. I wish everyone the very best for 2014."
- The Marlborough Express