I’m Pete Walters, the passionate owner of Marine and Outdoors, bringing to the Top-of-the-South, the very best boating brands on the market like Haines Hunter, Stabicraft, Southern Boats and New Zealand’s leading outboard, Yamaha.
In 2006, my wife Ange and I moved from Auckland to soak up the friendly people and laidback lifestyle on offer here in Blenheim, with the Sounds – “New Zealand’s second biggest playground” – right on its doorstep. (The Hauraki Gulf is bigger, unfortunately, we must concede that one.) We both worked as rural mail contractors initially while on the look-out for an excellent business opportunity. In 2014 we found it! One of our closest customers, Marlborough Marine, was considering selling the business.
It was a good business with good product, but most of all, it had really great people. Since then, we haven’t looked back. Walking the floor talking to people is such a buzz. I love helping people to live their dream and create an incredible lifestyle.
In June 2015, we opened our second set of doors with Marlborough Watercraft, on the old Powerboat Centre site, offering the region’s only boatyard where our customers can see their ideal boat in person, of course, backed with manufacturers’ guarantees.
With a growing customer base seeking our expertise to purchase high-quality jet skis or boats, with accessories to match or boat servicing requirements, and more recently Weber BBQ’s, (we’re the only specialist Weber dealer in Marlborough) things are getting busier by the day!
We have some exciting plans afoot. If you live or visit Marlborough, watch this space! In 2019, we plan to merge our two sites into one super-sized showroom close to town…