Marlborough Heritage Day

Each year, on the 6 February, Marlborough Heritage Day is celebrated at Brayshaw Heritage Park. This day is when everybody of all ages comes together to honour and celebrate the colourful heritage of the suburb of Marlborough in Auckland. The Bleinheim Riverside Railway from Brayshaw Park, Omaka Museum, and Bleinheim CBD is scheduled to run all day.

A demonstration of traditional heritage skills such as farming, blacksmithing, and woodworking are among the top reasons people go to the venue and attend the commemorative event. It’s also an excellent place to see other skill demonstrations such as bailing, chaff cutting, and embroidering (via the Marlborough Embroiderers Guild).

Other sights during Marlborough Heritage Day include:

  • Vintage vehicle display
  • Steam engines
  • Model boats
  • Stamp collections
  • Bouncy castles
  • Nana’s Creme Freeze
  • Devonshire meals (teas and lunches)
  • Thomas the Tractor
  • Mini train rides
  • Clydesdale horses

Competitions and grand parades are also added to the roster to make this day more memorable. The parade of farm machinery is a classic. It’s a way of acknowledging farming as an essential skill for the people of Marlborough.

Children are also filled with excitement during this day. They look forward to the contests where they receive loads of freebies, too. One such contest is the children’s passport activity, where children can register and win a Warehouse voucher.

To make this day complete, free entrance to the Marlborough Museum is also part of the deal. With the free ticket, everybody can learn more about Marlborough history and culture.

Heritage Tours

At Brayshaw Heritage Park, visitors can also join heritage tours. They can meet at the park and be guided to check out unique places in New Zealand. It’s an ideal opportunity for them to find out the best attraction a place has to offer.

One such heritage tour is a tour of Kaikoura, a northern district in Canterbury, New Zealand. Kaikoura is a place that boasts of natural wonders. There, visitors can experience whale-watching, kayaking, and llama trekking. Must-see attractions include Hapuku Lodge, The Pier Hotel and Restaurant, and Black Rabbit Pizza. If a place that offers delights in land and sea is what they want, the destination is Kaikoura.

Another heritage trip worth signing up for is a tour of Lower Wairau and the Wairau River. As the location of the earliest settlements in New Zealand, the history of Wairau’s lower region is vibrant. And as one of New Zealand’s longest rivers that flows for 110 miles in inland Marlborough, the Wairau River is a majestic sight. The tour will provide an introduction to the river and show people its lower reaches. It’ll also talk about the surrounding fertile plain and its pivotal role in Marlborough’s wine region.