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Blenheim

Blenheim is located on the river plains of the Wairau and Opawa Rivers. The high sunshine hours and free draining soils produce some of the countries finest Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay wines, excellent Cabernet, Merlot and recently maturing Pinot Noir. The area west of the town towards Renwick has a fine collection of wineries that are signposted for a self-guided wine tasting trail, these include well-known labels such as Cloudy Bay, Stoneleigh and Villa Maria. One of the largest producers, Montana, is situated beside State Highway 1 just south of the town.

You can participate in escorted wine tours for an insight into the wine production and sampling of regional varieties. Tours are also available that combine wine tasting with a Greenshell Mussel Cruise on the inner Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds for a full day excursion. The town of Blenheim is the commercial centre of the province and, as such, has all major town services and dining opportunities.

Picton and The Marlborough Sounds

Picton is an attractive harbour located at the head of the Queen Charlotte Sound that has the deep waters needed to provide access for the inter-island ferries. Picton has most services including banking, post office, restaurants, and a range of retail outlets. Picton also has marina berths for recreational yachts and for water taxi services. Multi-day Kayaking and Hiking Trips taking in the Queen Charlotte Sound and Walkway also depart from Picton.

Connecting Picton and Havelock by road (35kms) is the picturesque Queen Charlotte Drive that passes some attractive sheltered bays including Momorangi Bay (14kms from Picton) here you will find a beach and grassed areas suitable for swimming and picnicking, a small shop, jetty, and toilet facilities. Heading further towards Havelock there is a short section of land-locked road that passes through Linkwater (23kms west of Picton) where to the north - a side road leads to Anakiwa (4 kms). From Anakiwa hikers can walk part, or all of, the Queen Charlotte Track, (three days one way for the full trip), or as little as half a day return from Anakiwa to experience a very pleasant section.

Accommodation

Blenheim
The Vintners Retreat Villas
Superior Motel & Villas
Vintners Retreat Resort…perfectly placed on Rapaura’s golden mile of Marlborough vineyards. A great place from which to start and finish a leisurely cycle ride through nearby vineyards and picturesque country lanes along the Renwick Cycle Route… pack a picnic, get out and about to experience first hand the laid-back lifestyle enjoyed by the people of Marlborough.
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Blenheim
Old St Mary's Convent
Luxury B&B
In the heart of Marlborough's wine growing area lies Old Saint Mary's Convent -- a haven for the discerning traveller, where luxury 5 star Blenheim accommodation and an intimate retreat may be found. Experience the best Marlborough accommodation on offer - luxury rooms and stunning surroundings in Marlborough, New Zealand. Old Saint Mary's Convent is situated on an estate of 60 acres and surrounded on all sides by the vineyards and olive groves Marlborough is famous for.
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Blenheim
The Peppertree
Luxury B&B
The Peppertree of Blenheim, New Zealand, takes its name from the grove of Pepper Trees which line the drive leading to the gracious Edwardian Villa. Built in 1901 from native timbers, The Peppertree luxury bed and breakfast is located in 10 acres of lush farmland and surrounded by an extensive country garden, a boutique vineyard and olive grove.
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Blenheim
Timara Lodge
Lodge
Timara Lodge, is one of the country’s most luxurious and private lodges. Situated in the province of Marlborough just 10 minutes drive from Blenheim and set amongst 600 acres of land, including 25 acres of one of New Zealand's most beautiful English style gardens. Well known around the world for its wines and gourmet foods, Timara Lodge promises a haven of peace, quiet and relaxation.
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Blenheim
Marlborough Vintners Hotel
Deluxe Hotel
Contemporary Marlborough accommodation close to Blenheim strategically located among the vineyards. Marlborough Vintners Hotel invites you to enjoy our relaxed sophistication and attentive service. From the moment you arrive until the moment you reluctantly take your leave, the ambience of Marlborough Vintners Hotel will wash over you.
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Picton
McCormick House
Deluxe B&B
McCormick House was architecturally designed and built for one of Picton's earliest Colonial settlers, Scotsman Donald McCormick. Today, this gracious Picton home has been extensively restored, sympathetically retaining its beautiful, original native rimu timber panelling, staircase and fireplaces. Featuring half an acre of private established, award winning native gardens.
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Picton
Jasmine Court
Superior Motel & Villas
Jasmine Court Motel, Picton accommodation with style. Sunny, harbour-facing, self-contained, motel accommodation comprising studio, 1 and 2 bedroom suites, all with private bathrooms (some with spa baths); and kitchenette. Central to Picton, close to Picton Interisland Ferry Terminal and Queen Charlotte Track departure wharf.
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Activities

Blenheim
Marlborough Travel

Blenheim Marlborough wine tasting tour and much, much, more. The Three Icons of Marlborough – Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc -, the Marlborough Sounds and Marlborough Green shell Mussells. Experience all three in a single day.
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Marlborough Sounds
Wilderness Guides Queen Charlotte Track Guided 1 - 5 day walks
National Park
Wilderness Guides offer the best guided walking and independent hiking packages to experience the Queen Charlotte Track
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Holidays

New Zealand
15 day self drive holiday New Zealand - South Island

The New Zealand South Island holiday for visitors wanting the get the very most out of their two week visit to the South Island of New Zealand, great scenic diversity from mountains to sea, stunning scenic drives, plus quality time in key city and village locations. Enjoy activities and experiences to really get an appreciation of some of the best of New Zealand South Island.
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