Artistry of Queen Charlotte Drive
Art is abundant in Marlborough, many fine artist live within the wide expanse of this region, from those that resident in towns or are hidden in the outer Marlborough Sounds. Painters, ceramicist, sculptures, carvers and photographers can be found. Our galleries are small but feature many of our local artists and some of the studios are available to visit on request. There is a mapped art trail around Blenheim for you to follow.
Join us on a full day exploration of Queen Charlotte Drive on one of the most scenic drives you are likely to encounter with its stunning views of the Pelorus and Queen Charlotte Sounds.
The Marlborough Sounds has always attracted artists. The clay-based soils and stunning views allow for the artistic qualities to flourish. Discover this art and speak to those inspired by the region.
Our tour starts at 09.00 am with pickup from your central city accommodation, or Seymour Square. Driving northwest we travel to Havelock the heart of a region steeped in history, arriving at our first stop The Gallery Havelock where 24 local Marlborough artists showcase their works including ceramics, bone carving, wood carving and other mediums. Following head to Mills Bay Mussels for a tasting of Marlboroughs famous green lip mussels.
We continue towards Picton stopping enroute at Cullen’s Point lookout for stunning views and photos of the Pelorus Sound and Havelock. Along the way we will visit local artists depending on availability and your art interests.
If you wish your guide will drop you at Aussie Bay for an easy 20-minute walk to take in the vistas of the Queen Charlotte Sound along a section of the Link Pathway built by dedicated group of Marlborough locals. Your guide will meet you at Momorangi Bay and continue on for lunch in Picton.
Following lunch, meet local painter Rebekah Codlin a self-taught contemporary portrait and figurative artist, at her studio. Working mainly in oils Rebekah is recognized for her distinctive large scale realism portraits and figurative works, focussed on capturing the inner person in expression, light play and detail. Rebekah’s artworks are displayed throughout New Zealand and have sold to art collectors worldwide in over 10 different countries.
Continue on to Marlborough Artisan Collective where a wide range of local inspired art, pottery, clothing and other mediums are on display. The local potters have an open workshop, where we will have the opportunity to get our hands dirty and talk to the resident potter of the day.
Our tour concludes at approximately 4:00 pm back in Blenheim.
Private tours will be adapted to guests specific interests discussed with your guide at the start of the day and options can include.
Artofact Gallery which showcases contemporary fine art by established or emerging New Zealand and international artists. This selection includes original paintings, representative modern sculptures, exquisite glass art and limited-edition prints
A visit through The Edwin Fox one of the oldest wooden ships in the world. The Edwin Fox is a recovered hulk of an old sailing ship which you can walk around and gain an understanding of the conditions faced by early travellers to New Zealand.
Mark Stevenson Gallery (Private Collector)
Enjoy a behind the scenes private tour hosted by Mark of The Stevenson Collection a private art gallery housing over 400 artworks by prominent and emerging New Zealand and Australian artists. With artworks rivalling the quality of many of New Zealand and Australia’s leading public galleries, The Stevenson Collection is an unexpected find in the heart of the Marlborough.
Tour Start: 9am from Blenheim
Tour Finish: Approx 4pm in Blenehim
Fully Guided Private Tour in comfortable air conditioned transport
Lunch in Picton
2 person $700,
3 person $850,
4 person $1000,
5 person $1100,
6 person $1200.
Minimum 2 persons maximum 6 people