Visit Blenheim, Marlborough, NZ

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  • Blenheim, in the Marlborough region at the top of the South Island, is renowned for its vineyards and gourmet culture. Food and wine tours to local vineyards and farms are a popular activity for visitors.

    Blenheim is a favoured location for conferences and weddings. The town has large, modern conference venues, and a number of wedding planners provide local services.

    Visitors with an interest in ecology, geology and photography and can enjoy eco-tours by 4WD vehicle and/or boat. There are also mountain bike tracks and walking trails easily accessible from the town centre.

    Accommodation in Blenheim (NZ)

    Blenheim has a range of hotels, motels and bed & breakfast establishments. There are also self-contained cottages and apartments, and holiday homes to rent.

    There are a number of luxury and eco-lodges around the Blenheim area. Some vineyards also provide luxury accommodation.

    Backpacking and camping travellers are catered for at holiday parks.

    Transport around Blenheim

    Blenheim is located near the centre of the Wairau Plain, about 25 minutes’ drive south from Picton on State Highway 1. It is also possible to travel along the coastal road, Queen Charlotte Drive, which is a longer but more scenic route. The coastal town of Kaikoura is about 90 minutes’ drive south of Blenheim.

    Blenheim’s Woodbourne airport receives regular, scheduled flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

    The “main trunk” railway line passes through Blenheim, providing transport south to Kaikoura and Christchurch, or north to Wellington, via the inter-island ferry.

    Inter-city and local bus services provide transport between towns in the region. Shuttle services to and from specific locations, such as the starts of walking or mountain biking trails, are easily arranged. Taxis are also available. Mountain bikes can be hired for convenient transport around the town.

    Tourist Activities around Blenheim

    Blenheim’s river soils and sheltered climate make it favourable for horticulture, especially vineyards. The combination of fresh local produce, seafood and wine has brought the Marlborough region a reputation as a gourmet destination. Day-long food and wine tours are available from Blenheim. Or visitors can stay overnight at a vineyard.

    There are many short walks around the gardens and riverside in Blenheim, and longer walks and mountain biking trails in the wider region. Guides are available to take visitors to the most scenic locations and abundant forest wildlife, for those with photographic, geological or ecological interests.

    The town of Blenheim has a new art gallery, a theatre, art, craft and antique shops, fine restaurants and cafes. Visitors can also enjoy a paddle-boat ride on the river, or a narrow-gauge train ride along the river bank.

    On the outskirts of the town are a classic car museum and aviation heritage museum. Molesworth station, in the Awatere Valley south of Blenheim offers walking and cycling tours.

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