DoC Logo SQThere will be lots of Seaweek 2019 events happening in Marlborough and full details will be posted here as we receive them. Contact the Marlborough Regional Coordinators if you’d like to organise an event: Wendy Sullivan – email: for Marlborough Sounds and Brett Cowan- email: for South Marlborough.

If you attend a Seaweek 2019 event you can win a copy of The Collins Field Guide to the NZ Seashore by completing one of our online Event Reports to tell us what you enjoyed about the event.


Marlborough Seaweek 2019 Events



Anakiwa Beach visit

Tuesday 5 March 2019, 10.30am – 1.30pm at Anakiwa Beach.
Primary syndicate of Rai Valley Area School are having a day trip to the beach at Anakiwa to explore the rock, mud and sand shore environments.
Please bring your own lunch.
Free event.
Contact: Bonnie Nightingale, email: Ph: (03) 571-6016

Snorkel Long Island

Photo: Experiencing Marine Reserves

Sunday 10 March 2019, 9am – 3pm at Long Island, Queen Charlotte Sound.
Snorkel at Long Island and sailing ship wreck in East Bay. 9.00 am to 3.00 pm. Age 11 yrs to 18 yrs. Limit 12.
Bring own lunch, togs/towel, and warm clothes for after
$30 includes snorkel gear and boat costs from Waikawa Dive Centre.
Contact: Waikawa Dive Centre, email: Ph: (03) 573-5939
Thanks to Port Marlborough for sponsorship.


Massive Marlborough Clean-Up

Saturday 9 March 2019, 10am – 12 noon at Rarangi Beach.
Sunday 10 March 2019, 10am – 12 noon at Picton foreshore. Meet at the playground on the foreshore.
The Massive Marlborough Clean-Up is an annual multi-group/multi-location clean up, supported by the public, businesses and community groups to celebrate Seaweek and clean up our oceans.
There are two public events:
Rarangi Beach, 9th March, 10pm -12pm; Rarangi Community Centre
Picton Foreshore 10th March, 10am – 12pm; playground
Thanks to Conservation Kids NZ and Zoe Luffman for organizing the public events, and sponsorship from Sanford.
Bring solid footwear, appropriate clothing, sunhat and sunscreen and gardening gloves if you have them.
Free event.
Contact: Wendy Sullivan, email: Ph: (03) 520-3016

Seaweek Snorkel Scavenger Hunt

Tuesday 5 and Thursday 7 March 2019, 6 – 8.30pm at Picton Foreshore
Waikawa Dive Centre are hosting fun snorkelling lessons followed by a snorkel scavenger hunt on the Picton foreshore.
Aimed for beginners 7 to 14-year-olds. All gear provided. Bookings essential.
Phone: 03 573 5939
Email: with height and weight of your child.
Bring togs, towel and warm clothes for after.
Cost: $10, all snorkelling gear provided
Thanks to Port Marlborough for sponsorship.


Glowing Oceans

Bioluminescent Plankton on the Shores of Hong Kong. Photo: Minecraft

Saturday 2 March 2019, 8 – 11.30pm at Queen Charlotte Sound.
A trip out at night to see this bio Luminescence in the sounds. We snorkel under the stars and watch our movement in the water generate a warm blue green glow. 8 years and up. Limit 12.
A special price of $40, includes snorkel gear from Waikawa Dive Centre.
Contact: Waikawa Dive Centre, email: Ph: (03) 573-5939
Thanks to Port Marlborough for sponsorship.


Children’s Fish Feed and Snorkel

Photo: Experiencing Marine Reserves

Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 March 2019, 2 – 4.30pm at Queen Charlotte Sound.
Double Cove is a no fishing area, so there are LOTS of fish. A great way to introduce kids (and adults) to snorkelling. 5 yrs and up. Adults welcome. Limit 12.
A special Seaweek price of $40, includes gear and boat costs from Waikawa Dive Centre.
Contact: Waikawa Dive Centre, email: Ph: (03) 573-5939
Thanks to Port Marlborough for sponsorship.


Science of the Seas

Wednesday 6 March 2019, 7 – 8pm at ASB Theatre Marlborough, 2 Hutcheson St, Blenheim, Marlborough
Extremely FunEnvironmental Education Science Show for Seaweek 2019.
Science for children and adults and professional development for teachers. Increasing awareness of the state of our oceans, and some fun science, plenty of action, laughter and audience participation.
Sterling Cathman is a primary teacher working in schools nationally to increase knowledge and raise the awareness of science and technology for teachers and the children of tomorrow. He is joined by Richard de Hamel, the marine educator from Otago University.
Our emphasis is on fun, engagement and environmental sustainability. This is achieved through exciting shows and ongoing support for teachers and schools. Cross-curricular materials are shared with schools to make it easier for teachers to teach science/technology. Topics will be:
1) Plastics and how they influence our oceans.
2) Seas warming up and levels rising.
3) Ocean acidification.
4) Climate variables.
5) Managing natural resources.
6) Sustainable fishing.
7) Gases (CO2, ozone).
8) Marine life.
9) Bio-security.
10) Seafood production
Booking essential. Book here:
Thanks to Cawthron Trust, Fisheries NZ, Sealord and NZ Association of Environmental Education
You can download the teacher resources used in this show by clicking here:

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