No Longer is Blenheim the quick one night stop off between Wellington and Christchurch, but can boast it is a top destination for both domestic and international travellers, just located 27km south of Picton in the north east of the South Island of New Zealand it is the centre of the Marlborough region, one of the sunniest places in the country and an ideal base to follow the Marlborough Wine Trail. Enjoy gourmet food, visit historical attractions, check out exciting sights and experience amazing adventure activities.
Blenheim is an attractive town with so much more than just great wine, from vibrant gardens and a lively town centre, many stunning parks and gardens, charming cafes and restaurants, a crystal clear river and sunny open spaces.
Marlborough is New Zealand’s premier wine growing region with most wineries scattered around the Blenheim/Renwick area and Sauvignon Blanc is the specialty here. Follow the wine trail by hiring a bike and cycling around the vineyards or join an organized wine tour and let someone else drive you to drink!
Head to the Marlborough Museum a ‘Must Do’; located in Brayshaw Heritage Park, 5 minutes drive from the centre of Blenheim. The permanent ‘Wine Exhibition’ showcases the history of wine and viticulture in Marlborough and is an excellent starting point for anyone who wants to add their understanding of the wine heritage and how it relates to today. Step outside into Brayshaw Heritage Park with displays of vintage cars and machinery, a replica street scene, and the Riverside railway is also based here.
Ensure a visit to the The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre showcasing Sir Peter Jackson’s own collection of WW1 aircraft in the outstanding exhibition ‘Knights of the Sky’, of which the theatrical treatment is both innovative and visually stunning. Omaka Classic Cars is located just next door, pop in and view their range of retro cars spanning from the 1950’s to the 1980’s.
Awaken your adventurous spirit and explore the stunning region that surrounds Blenheim. Head north and check out Rarangi Beach in Cloudy bay, a perfect spot to watch that sunrise before walking over the headland to Whites Bay. Further south is the Wairau Valley and the Molesworth Station, New Zealand’s biggest farm, join Molesworth Tour Company on one of their thrilling adventure or cycling tours to discover this beautiful Marlborough high country.
Walk or mountain bike the Wither Hills Farm Park, 1100 hectares of rolling hill country with a network of trails and with breathtaking views over the area.