Located in the north east of New Zealand’s South Island, Blenheim is one of the country’s sunniest towns and is situated in the heart of the famous wine growing region of Marlborough. From the first war parties and Maori traders to explorers like Captain Cook, Blenheim has offer safe harbours to travellers, however these days Blenheim holidays also offer unspoilt landscapes and a foodie haven in the centre of the country’s wine industry.
This Blenheim travel guide is designed to help you make the most of this mountain-framed region. Boasting everything from the stunning Marlborough Sounds to exciting adventure activities, Blenheim offers gourmet food and an internationally-renowned and distinctly herbaceous Sauvignon Blanc. Blenheim also offers cafes, restaurants, artisan food, golf courses and over 20 wineries within driving distance.
Blenheim accommodation ranges from 3 stars to 5 stars and is known for its character. Offering everything from cosy motels and modern hotels to self-catering apartments, holiday parks and charming bed and breakfasts, Blenheim accommodation offers a price and quality to suit all visitors. Blenheim accommodation is concentrated in the city centre, however there are also a great range of luxury lodges and chateaus located off the beaten track. Surrounded by wineries, orchards and a friendly farming communities, these accommodation options offer a relaxing rural experience. Book cheap Accommodation in Blenheim
Blenheim offers a variety of activities and attractions centred around its picturesque landscapes, local wildlife and fertile ground. There are some incredible experiences to be had in and around Blenheim, including whale watching in Kaikoura, swimming with dolphins, the stunning Marlborough Sounds, bushwalking, scenic cruises, spectacular coastline and lookouts, kayaking, water skiing, fishing and more. However, perhaps the most famous Blenheim attraction is its flourishing gourmet food and wine industry. Enjoying one of the sunniest climates in New Zealand, Blenheim experiences crisp winters and warm dry summers, making for the ideal wine growing conditions. Blenheim specialises in producing Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and Pinot Gris and many of the wineries and vineyards offer tastings as well as sales from the cellar door.
Blenheim is named after the 1704 Battle of Blenheim, where combined Bavarian and French forces were defeated by troops led by the 1st Duke of Marlborough, John Churchill. One of the sunniest towns in all of New Zealand, Blenheim receives an approximate average of 2,438 hours of sunshine annually. The largest wine making region in New Zealand, Blenheim and its surrounds are home to 4000 hectares of planted grapes with a total of 290 grape growers and approximately 65 wineries.