The lovely, sunny town of Blenheim is in the Marlborough region, in the north-east of the South Island. It takes nearly four hours to drive the 190 miles between Blenheim and Christchurch – a beautiful drive through rolling hills of ‘wine country’. The seaport of Picton is just 18 miles away, the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds, Wellington and the North Island. Over the years, Blenheim offered a safe harbour to explorers such as Captain Cook and Dumont d’Urville. Nowadays travelers from New Zealand and the rest of the world visit Blenheim to enjoy its wine industry, gourmet foods, Marlborough Sounds and activities such as golf, fishing, kayaking and water sports. Blenheim, one of the sunniest towns in New Zealand, has an average of 2,500 sunshine hours every year. The hot, relatively dry summers and crisp winters are perfect for visitors as well as for growing the grapes destined for the internationally renowned Sauvignon Blanc. On the second Saturday in February each year, the annual Wine Marlborough festival showcases the region’s wines and over 20 local Blenheim wineries open their cellar doors all year round. Taking a cycling tour around the wineries is popular and local parks and the Wither Hills offer attractive walks.
Marlborough Icons Tour
Enjoy the icons of Marlborough in one day with a tour through the famous Marlborough wine region and the majestic Marlborough Sounds. Marlborough has become world famous for Sauvignon Blanc and this tour starts in the heart of the wine region. Enjoy a range of wine tastings along with gourmet treats before heading through to experience a stunning cruise through the Marlborough Sounds. Enjoy a nice lunch right on the waterfront (own cost lunch). After lunch we depart Havelock on the Marlborough Travel launch for the Greenshell Mussel Cruise through the Marlborough Sounds. Take in the natural beauty of the native bush and the tranquillity of the Sounds. Learn from your experience Skipper the history of the Marlborough Sounds and the history of the pioneering families who have settled in the Sounds over 6 generations. Visit a Greenshell Mussel farm and learn why this delicacy grows so well in the Marlborough Sounds. Taste a local favourite – freshly steamed Mussels matched perfectly to a complimentary glass of Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.
From $185 per person
Marlborough Half Day Wine Tour
Immerse yourself in the heart of the vineyards. You will be collected and taken on a tour through Marlborough wine country. Visit approximately 4 – 5 venues. Flexibility is the key, and we can usually accommodate your preference.
$60 per person
Explore Marlborough Bike the Vines Tour
Today Explore Marlborough’s minivan will pick you up from your accommodation and transfer you to your starting point. Enjoy a day cycling around the beautiful Marlborough region visiting top wineries and sampling some of Marlborough’s best wines along the way. Lunch is included at one of the wineries. Fresh country air, quiet back roads enable you to take in the beauty of the Wairau River valley. Our knowledgeable guides will talk to you about the rich history and varied geography of the region.
From $258 per person