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Bewitching Blenheim

 

Take a spell in the sunniest regional capital in New Zealand (and the beating heart of the Marlborough wine region), flourishing Blenheim. From its fertile bush land to its rugged coastline and, of course, the most divine gourmet food and wine on offer, Blenheim will have your senses bursting at the seams.

 

Smell the flowers and relax in the sunshine in Seymour Square, walk though the sickly sweet aroma of the luscious Hedgerows Strawberry Farm, or join the pilgrimage with the wine-lovers of the world with a Wines of Marlborough Tour. And this being New Zealand, you can’t spend time in Blenheim without doing something that’s a little on the wild side. Water-skiing and kayaking fit the bill, but you can do that pretty much anywhere. So how about whale-watching at Kaikoura or swimming with dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds for something truly unique and unforgettable?

BLENHEIM’S TOP 10

10. Lansdowne Park Catch a game of rugby and see how the Kiwis play. Feel free to heckle, of course – it’s in our blood. 5. Pollard Park Ramble through the roses and saunter through the sunflowers.
9. Wither Hills Take in the stunning views of the Wairau Valley with a trek along the peaks of these lovely hills. 4. Villa Maria Estate At the top of the big league, this winemaker has awards coming out of its ears. Try the black-label pinot noir and your taste buds will sing.
8. Marlborough Farmers’ Market Take a stroll though this boutique selection of local growers, to the beat of some fantastic live music. 3. Millennium Public Art Gallery A gold-coin donation will get you a peek into the Blenheim art scene.
7. Blenheim Golf Club Swing your way through the nine holes of this small but fantastic course. 2. Marlborough Provincial Museum Check out some local heritage as you wander through this awesome collection of artefacts.
6. Mud House Village Enjoy some wine and coffee, then choose a scrumptious liqueur or fruit brandy for the road. 1. Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre Chock-full of WWI planes and a Peter Jackson-esque Weta Workshop, this centre is a must.
 

BLENHEIM’S EVENTS

For some very self-explanatory merriment, head over to Blues, Brews and BBQs in February.

The Havelock Mussel Festival every March is a shellfish-lover’s paradise.

Take a gander (or perhaps a pedal) at the Forrest Graperide Cycle Race through the Marlborough region every autumn.

Pick up some of the finest in new (and sumptuous) wines at the Marlborough Wine Weekend in October.

For some beautiful greenery, head along to the Hunters Garden Marlborough in November.

 

WHEN TO GO

  • Blenheim has been named ‘New Zealand’s Sunniest Town’ for good reason. Summers are warm and relatively dry, while winters are nice and crisp.
  • January is both the warmest (24ºC (75ºF) average) and sunniest month.
  • Conversely, July is both the coldest (13ºC (55ºF)) and wettest (70mm (2.8 inch

Hotels in Blenheim

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From US$71

1 Quality Hotel Marlborough

4 stars
4.6 / 5 18 reviews

20 Nelson Street Map

Welcome to the Quality Hotel Blenheim, a premium hotel nestled in sunny Blenheim - the capital of Marlborough''''s supreme wine region, surrounded by the stunning Marlborough Sounds. Beautifully... More

A lovely place to stay.
We enjoyed our stay with amazing staff who went out of their way to make us feel welcome. The hotel was close to the centre of town the food was good and the staff were lovely.
7 Oct 2014
From US$96

2 Scenic Hotel Marlborough

4 stars
4.4 / 5 9 reviews

65 Alfred Street Map

Blending style and comfort, Scenic Hotel Marlborough Blenheim offers a contemporary oasis to holidaymakers visiting the lovely region of Marlborough. Besides exploring the vineyards and waterways... More

Delightful
This Hotel was just Delightful and more than met our expectations. From the moment l Checked in the staff were wonderful and made what was a very long day of travel for us worth while booking with...
19 May 2015
From US$121

3 Hotel D Urville

4 stars
4.4 / 5 5 reviews

52 Queen Street Map

Featuring impressive hospitality and unperturbed atmosphere, the Hotel D'urville Blenheim offers an unparalleled experience of delight and comfort. GeneralYou can explore many magnificent... More

work trip
Super friendly staff, very hospitable. Perfect central location. Menu looked tasty and dinning room seemed well attended despite us not using it. Rooms very airy but well serviced and clean. Beds...
25 May 2015
From US$113

4 Chateau Marlborough Blenheim

5 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews

Corner High and Henry Streets Map

Chateau Marlborough Blenheim is a premiere boutique accommodation that lavishes guests with luxury. The property overlooks Seymour Square Gardens - the base of the world famous Garden Marlborough... More

Nice stay in Blenheim
Enjoyed this hotel, great staff and very friendly.
14 Aug 2014
From US$105

5 Marlborough Vintners Hotel

5 stars
4.3 / 5 4 reviews

190 Rapaura Road Map

Set in six acres of tranquil grounds and offering tasteful accommodations, Marlborough Vintners Hotel Blenheim makes for an idyllic base while in Blenheim, a cuisine and wine destination in New... More

Great showcase
Great on site restaurant and knowledgeable, helpful staff made everything easy. Great for a couple or family as the rooms are very generous.
18 May 2014
From US$371

6 The Peppertree - Luxury Accommodation

5 stars
Not yet reviewed

3284 State Highway 1 Map

Includes Breakfast, Signature Platter & MORE

Housed in a 1901 Edwardian Villa, The Peppertree - Luxury Accommodation blends of old charm and modern comforts in a tranquil location surrounded by farmland, gardens and vineyard in the Malborough... More

From US$373

7 Old St Mary's Convent Vineyard Estate

5 stars
Not yet reviewed

Rapura Road Map

Old St Mary's Convent Vineyard Estate is a beautifully appointed Victorian-style accommodation set on an expansive 60-acre parkland with manicured gardens and relaxing sceneries. The luxury... More

From US$187

8 Vintners Retreat

4 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews

55 Rapaura Road, RD3 Map

Vintners Retreat Hotel Blenheim offers professional service in an inviting atmosphere in the grounds of retreat with stunning views of the Richmond Range. This property is 30 minutes from Picton... More

From US$363

9 Bay of Many Coves Resort

5 stars
5.0 / 5 2 reviews

Arthurs Bay, Bay of Many Coves Map

With stunning scenery, Bay Of Many Coves Resort Queen Charlotte Sound provides quality accommodation and services for travellers in New Zealand. A not-to-be-missed attraction of the city is Drumlin... More

From US$76

10 Picton Beachcomber Inn

4 stars
4.7 / 5 23 reviews

27 Waikawa Road Map

The Picton Beachcomber Inn Hotel is an ideal destination for people who are looking for a really unforgettable stay. GeneralDuring leisure, guests can have a refreshing dip in the swimming pool or... More

Helpful staff
I accidentally left my Kindle in the hotel room and they posted it back to me in Auckland - great service!
29 Jun 2015
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