Blenheim, one of New Zealand’s sunniest towns, is part of the Marlborough
wine region on the South Island
. From one of our Blenheim hotels, you'll enjoy fine wine, historic cultural attractions, beautiful gardens and postcard-perfect landscapes with the Kaikoura Mountain Range in the distance.
Things to Do
The Wairau River is home to some of the most popular local wineries and cellar doors, so you'll be able to enjoy a glass of fine wine while relaxing on the banks of the beautiful river. Other pretty rivers in town include the Opawa River and the Taylor River. Not far from the latter two is the Boathouse Theatre, where theatre buffs can catch a great play in a cosy, intimate setting.
Pollard Park is another great place to spend an afternoon, wandering around the gardens, feeding the ducks and enjoying the water features. However, the most popular park in town is Seymour Square, which is only two minutes’ walk from the town centre. In the middle of the park is the huge stone clock tower, as well as the memorial fountain which lights up at night time in a multi-coloured light display.
If you'd like to take a peek at the region's interesting past, the Marlborough Arts Society Gallery, the Millennium Art Gallery and the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre will allow you to do just that. As will the Brayshaw Museum Park, a historical village displaying old machinery, shops and buildings so you can learn more about the town's rich heritage.
On the second Saturday of February, you can join the local wine buffs for the Wine Marlborough Festival, sample the region's finest wines, particularly the Sauvignon Blanc, and tuck into some locally made gourmet food. If you can't get here in February, you'll still be able to enjoy a tour of the local wineries any time of year. And the Marlborough Farmers' Market, one of the best places to pick up gourmet goodies and fresh local produce, is on every Sunday morning.
Getting Here and Around
Grab one of these cheap flights to Wellington
and then take the three-hour ferry ride from the North Island
. From there, it's only a 25-minute drive or train ride to Blenheim. Just north of Blenheim are the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, where you can go swimming, diving, sailing or fishing, or maybe even walk the famous Queen Charlotte Track.
Pretty scenery, tasty gourmet treats and delicious wine – wot more could you want? For all of this and so much more, make sure you book you book your flights and Blenheim accommodation with us today.