Marlborough’s pristine Wairau Plains are a wonderful setting for this welcoming city with its plentiful sunshine, abundant flowers, fresh produce and excellent character wines.
Blenheim has just about everything a visitor could wish for – access to a wine trail of 70 vineyards, crystal clear fishing streams, high mountain peaks and native beech forests as well as secluded bush-fringed bays in the stunning Marlborough Sounds.
Some of the varied activities you can experience in this area are:-
Sample Marlborough produce and wines at a restaurant
Meet the locals as you sample the fine cuisine in this blessed region.
Pick up a Wine Trail Guide and tour the famous trail by coach, car or cycle
Enjoy free samplings of world-class character wines and perhaps dine amongst the vines.
Follow the Blenheim Arts and Crafts Trail
See factory shops and charming country galleries for paua (abalone), greenstone (jade), native woods, artwork, pottery, sculptures and handcrafts.
Stroll through the authentic colonial streets of Beavertown
This replica of early Blenheim brings its history to life.
Visit Brayshaw Historic Museum Park
Wander down a turn-of-the-century street in the recreated colonial village.
Catch a brown or rainbow trout on the Wairau River
Superbly conditioned fish can be taken in pleasant surroundings near Blenheim.
Go bushwalking on the Northbank trails
The Richmond Forest Park has numerous signposted trails above the Wairau Valley.
Spend a day on Molesworth Station (New Zealand’s largest sheep station)
See towering peaks, barren scree slopes, vast grassy flats and native wildlife.
Drive the scenic Cloudy Bay Coastal Route
This 2 hour loop road offers great seascapes and picnic opportunities.
Drive to Picton – the gateway to the South Island
Take a boat cruise, kayak on the sparkling waters and tramp part of the Queen Charlotte Walkway. Another option is the Nydia Track from Havelock (the home of green-lipped mussels).
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