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 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.
|The Vintners Retreat Villas|
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Vintners Retreat Resort is perfectly placed on Rapauras 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.
In the heart of Marlboroughs wine growing area lies Marlborough Lodge 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. Marlborough Lodge is situated on an estate of 60 acres and surrounded on all sides by the vineyards and olive groves Marlborough is famous for.
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.
Timara Lodge, is one of the countrys 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 Zealands 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.
|Marlborough Vintners 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.
McCormick House was architecturally designed and built for one of Pictons 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.
Blenheim Marlborough wine tasting tour and much, much, more. The Three Icons of Marlborough, Sauvignon Blanc, the Marlborough Sounds and Marlborough Green shell Mussells. Experience all three in a single day.
Taste Marlborough is a small group tour that has been created for visitors who love great wine and those who want to learn more about the region, the wineries, the wines and the people who create them.
|Wilderness Guides Queen Charlotte Track Guided 1 - 5 day walks|
Wilderness Guides offer the best guided walking and independent hiking packages to experience the Queen Charlotte Track
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