Getting away for a spell


Easter, and with a week for a family holiday, we had a difficult choice: Where to go?

Welcome to winter

As April comes to an end, and winter is upon us, visitors to the Marlborough Sounds start to decrease.

Pacific berth

I'm slowly starting to feel normal again.

Time for Kiwis to save a weta


This week Department of Conservation community relations ranger Clare Duston talks about one New Zealand's most ancient creatures, the weta.

Just go mate

Analysis paralysis.

Seabird weekend a soaring success

Huttons shearwater farewell

Kaikoura's first full weekend dedicated to seabirds and the science behind them has been hailed as a great success.

Exotic bike ride for a good cause

A 1200 kilometre bicycle ride around Sri Lanka has paid off in more ways than one for former Awatere Valley man Pete Oswald.

Entry issues

Our hearts sank.

Dolphins frolic for young observers

What a marvellous March it has been with gorgeous calm seas, sunshine all round and wildlife galore.

Sad to bid 'Macca' goodbye

The cool thing about heading out every month to work on Macquarie Island, is that whatever you are planning, you have to rely on your own legs to get you there.

Scenic ascent a stunner

Sarnim Dean

Travelling along SH 63 towards Nelson Lakes, I gaze upon the 1650m Mt Patriarch expectantly, in anticipation of the day I would bike to its rocky summit.

Time to break up the assets

Furneaux Lodge

Furneaux Lodge, one of the better-known Marlborough Sounds resorts, is up for sale.

Old site, new bar

Yard Bar

Joe and Diana Johnstone plan to open their new bar and bistro on Friday

Yep, they really said that


Did you hear the one about the lesser known Mingmingi island in the Sounds or the dolphin-cum-gynaecologist?

Track made wider to cater for dual usage

Queen Charlotte Track is being widened to make it safer for trampers and mountainbikers to share.

Tahunanui: Our big, big sandy beach

Tahunanui Beach

Elizabeth Bean takes a closer look at Nelson's 'gem by the sea'.

Bird watchers see royal rarity

Well autumn has certainly kicked off to a wonderful start with misty mornings, beautiful calm seas and a hint of the cooler weather on its way.

Flashpackers fly in, fish, fly out

Chris Sturdeon, Aaron Carotta and Mike Geen

Walking along the riverbank in an orange puffer jacket, I was told to step back from the riverbank.

Waiting game

Patience, my mother once told me, was a virtue handed out while I was hiding behind the door.

Aerial antics astound in the Sounds

This week the staff at Dolphin Watch & Nature Tours give us a round up of the amazing sights in the Marlborough Sounds over the past two weeks, which even included a kiwi sighting. 

Cavers end 60-year search under Mt Arthur

 Stormy Pot

A 60-year-old dream has been fulfilled by cavers making it all the way through New Zealand's deepest and longest cave system.

Sounds attraction a world-beater

Edmond Hilary needn't have gone all that way to Nepal

Queen Charlotte Sound

The Queen Charlotte Track has been ranked ahead of the trek to Everest base camp as one of the world's most astounding backpacking trips.

Bussing blues

I thought my hitchhiking days were well and truly behind me, but a belligerent Panamanian chicken bus driver had other ideas.

Coastal jewel worth the rough ride

Tom Strawbridge

On our first visit to Hori Bay, a well-built young man in a black wetsuit emerged from the water behind the rocks. He proudly held up a decent-sized fish which glimmered in the sunlight.

Little dolphins play up for tours

What a fabulous February so far.

Choosing an attitude


Outward Bound offers Steve Kilgallon the opportunity to be the best he has ever been.

Top trail

Sarnim Dean

We had completed the magnificent St James Cycle Trail. We were elated, but there was one problem

Lake, sanctuary excursion offer

Marlborough has many amazing places to visit and hopefully you have been enjoying some of these places through our Summer Explorer Programme.

Mapua's animal attraction set to open

farm park

A $2 million rare breeds farm park will open its gates next month after a two year 'insane process' of preparation.

Diplomacy by frisbee

BRENDA WEBB - The Marlborough Express

The Frisbee was a winner.

Auckland, here we come

Bombardier will make four return flights daily

Larger aircraft will be operating in and out of Marlborough Airport each day from next month to meet increased demand.

Wildlife surfeit delights


From king tides to masses of bottlenose dolphins it seems everything has occurred on a larger than usual scale this week

Night sky offers perspective

Amidst a million luminous dots, our gaze searched, out of habit, for the Southern Cross on a clear winter's night.

Summer's sweet in the Sounds

Picton Harbour

Roy Sinclair swaps train for his trusty Raleigh bike when he reaches Picton.

Super yacht visiting

Bell Aimee

A ritzy, 52-metre super yacht is moored on Queens Wharf in Wellington and available for charter in the Sounds.

Fosters Clearing track not for faint-hearted

Fosters hut

The Wakamarina Track, just a 45 minute drive from Blenheim, crosses the Richmond Range and provides a staunch backcountry mountain biking challenge.

They can't stay away


German tourists Antoine and Rolf Ruhland are on holiday in New Zealand for the 16th consecutive time.

Nesbitt doco pushes tourists our way

Hobbit star's travel doco takes off

Alison D'Ath, James Nesbitt and Vincent D'Ath

The pulling power of The Hobbit has been demonstrated again with a James Nesbitt travel documentary about New Zealand that aired on Christmas Day in Britain already sending business to a Motueka tourism operator.

Rawhide in the high country


"Rolling, rolling, rolling, though the streams are swollen, keep them doggies rolling, Raaaaawhiiiiide."

Sharing spirit makes for a great holiday

Sherry and Warwick Bishop

Smart holidaymakers are swapping houses to save on accommodation costs.

Heaven on two wheels

sven martin strap

International mountainbiking gurus Sven and Anka Martin now call Hira home. Naomi Arnold reports.

Beauty and belligerence

There's no doubt the good ship Bandit has arrived in Bob Marley land.

At the top the only way is down

Sarnim Dean

"Will this incredible descent never end?!"

Campers' favourite honoured

We all know Kaikoura is one of the best holiday destinations with its whales, dolphins, seals and abundant fish life, not to mention the jaw-dropping scenery.

Discovering rich past of Whareatea

Whareatea Bay


In the first of a series about hidden natural gems in our region, Tracy Neal writes about Whareatea Bay on the eastern flank of d'Urville Island.

Spellbound in the Sounds

marlborough sounds

A quintessential part of a New Zealand summer for Jill Worrall is the sensation of being almost permanently waterlogged.

Primitive beauty

"My mudder is hungry. Please can I have food for her?"

Riding the Ghost Road

Sarnim Dean

When the Mountain Bike Club announced it was organising an overnight expedition to the Old Ghost Road, I marked it on the calendar.

Park visitors get wi-fi link

Abel Tasman wifi

Parts of the Abel Tasman National Park went live this week with the launch of a virtual visitor centre and wi-fi network.

Park visitors get wi-fi link

Abel Tasman wifi

Parts of the Abel Tasman National Park went live this week with the launch of a virtual visitor centre and wi-fi network.
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