Paints and Brush

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.    

This tour is only available on request and will depend on the availability of the galleries and artists.

Your Tour

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.

Our tour starts at 09.00 am with pickup from your central city accommodation, or Seymour Square. Driving along SH6 we travel to Havelock  arriving at our first stop The Gallery Havelock.  twenty four 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 Marlborough's famous green lip mussels.

We continue towards Picton stopping at Cullen’s Point lookout for stunning views and photos of the Pelorus Sound and Havelock. As we travel towards Picton we will visit local artists depending on availability and your art interests.

Lunch is at 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. 

Continue on to Marlborough Creative Artisan 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.