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 309km between Blenheim and Christchurch – a beautiful drive through rolling hills of 'wine country'. The seaport of Picton is 28km 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 travellers 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. more
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.
Central Blenheim is best explored by foot, with an abundance of great cafes, restaurants, shops and galleries, along with popular walkways along the Taylor River Reserve.
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.
The town offers some lovely accommodation options including: bed and breakfast and winery accommodation, backpackers, holiday homes, hotels and motor lodges.
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Mobile-friendly - Stylish, modern, central - Free ultra fast Wi-Fi. Donna & Paul invite you to stay at 171 On High Motel when you visit Blenheim for business or pleasure. 12 Qualmark 4+ star self-contained units offer a range of studios, one or two bedroom apartments. Located a short 5min walk from Blenheim's town centre, cafés, restaurants and shops.
Mobile-friendly - Operating out of the beautiful harbour town of Picton, A1 Picton Shuttles are your locally owned and operated shuttle service. Picton does not have a Taxi Service so we are proud to fill the need. We meet the Interisland Ferries and transport you to your accommodation, airport, train or wherever you wish to go. Bookings are available for early departures.
air2there.com is a regional air service for Central New Zealand. air2there.com has bases at Paraparaumu, Nelson and Blenheim Airports and is dedicated to providing a fast, affordable regional service. Charter services are available to most airports throughout New Zealand. Our aircraft fleet includes the 14 seat Jetprop Grand Caravan. air2there operates additional charter aircraft for New Zealand wide charters.
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Mobile-friendly - Our Blenheim motel accommodation features 12 modern ground floor units within easy walking distance to Blenheim town centre. Perfectly situated as a base for making day trips around the beautiful Marlborough province. All units feature air-conditioning, Sky "Guest Select", 50+ channels and high speed broadband Internet. Only 25 minutes drive from Picton ferry terminal. Cooked and continental Breakfasts. Access units.
Mobile-friendly - Rated 4 Star, ASURE Sundowner Motel is an ideal motel complex for business and pleasure. Kerryn and Maurice welcome you to their well-appointed self-contained, spacious, ground floor units. With parking directly outside the door, enjoy the quietness and the convenience of Springlands Shopping Complex directly opposite. Ideally placed for you to enjoy all aspects of the Marlborough Region.
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Mobile-friendly - Offering fully serviced accommodation in Blenheim with a variety of studio units including queen and king beds and spa bath studios and our ever-popular family units. This motel provides affordable quality for leisure travellers and those requiring corporate accommodation in Blenheim. Bella Vista Blenheim has a 4 star Qualmark motel rating and a Qualmark Enviro-Bronze award.
Mobile-friendly - In the centre of Marlborough wine country, over 20 cellar doors for your tasting experience within an easy 5km cycle. Flexible start/finish times so you can enjoy at your own pace. Stay at our Olde Mill House and enjoy free use of Bike2Wine cycles. Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence Winner 2011 to 2016 and recommended by Lonely Planet 2015 -2017.
Mobile-friendly - Brookby Ridge Cottage is a lovingly restored cottage, nestled amongst our peaceful, hilltop olive grove and alongside our family-owned 25-acre working vineyard. The cottage is self-contained, with a fully equipped, open-plan kitchen/living room, wood burning stove and TV. A ranch slider leads to the east-facing balcony - perfect for breakfast, brunch or a BBQ with a glass of wine.
Mobile-friendly - Come and join us for a fantastic day visiting the delightful wineries that are showcased in beautiful Marlborough. Our guests can select wineries to make up the days entertainment and enjoy trying the many varieties of wine available in this sunny region. Lonely Planet described us as a fun loving tour group with 'hosts as effervescent as champagne!'.
Mobile-friendly - Centre Court Motel is a modern, centrally located complex offering spacious studio, one-bedroom and two-bedroom units and double spa-bath units, all with self-contained kitchens. Ideally situated just a short stroll to shops, restaurants and cafes. Spend time exploring all that this stunning part of the country has to offer which includes the world-famous Marlborough vineyards and beautiful Marlborough Sounds.
Mobile-friendly - The only 5 star hotel in the top of the South Island, Chateau Marlborough offers luxurious suites and apartments. Guests can expect attention to detail and unwavering dedication to excellence, enjoying all that Chateau Marlborough has to offer. With the Marlborough region right at your doorstep, Quench restaurant/wine bar, pool bar and fitness centre, you might never want to leave.
Mobile-friendly - We are a small family owned enterprise operating a fleet of current model, two, four, and six-berth motorhomes and campervans. Situated in sunny Nelson at the top of the South Island, amongst national parks and golden beaches. Pick-ups from Nelson Airport and inter-island ferries in Picton.
Mobile-friendly - An award winning nature tour company operating since 2004. Guided tours for small groups for those interested in birding, history, photography, geology & flora in the top of the South Island. We are fourth generation kiwis and have access through private property which even locals have not seen. We also offer exclusive, private accommodation. Certificates of excellence with Trip Advisor.
Mobile-friendly - An exclusive two bedroom accommodation in a peaceful natural environment. Minutes from wine tasting and the Marlborough Sounds. Take a guided kayak tour to the Wairau Lagoon. We look forward to making your visit to the top of the South Island memorable and can give you tips on things to do, weather forecasts and travel times.
Mobile-friendly - Emma is a specialist wedding planner and co-ordinator who provides you with a very personal service to ensure you have a wonderful wedding. Minimise stress, save money and enjoy your wedding day knowing you have someone to support you. Whether you live here or overseas I would love to help you plan your perfect wedding day.
Mobile-friendly - This country style private accommodation is a welcome retreat in Marlborough's stunning Wairau Valley. With beautiful gardens you can relax in the swing chair, jump in the heated pool with views of Mount Fishtail. Mike's famous breakfast is a must have, we have Wi-Fi for our guests and a laundry facility. In the heart of wine country. Wine tasting arranged.
Mobile-friendly - Herzog Estate, in the heart of Marlborough's wine region offers complete luxury. Surrounded by beautiful Mediterranean gardens and famous single estate vineyard, Herzog provides a relaxed and tranquil setting. A secluded cottage nestles amongst the vines with breathtaking mountain views. The boutique winery, world-class fine dining restaurant, lunchtime bistro and stylish cellar door have made Herzog a must visit destination.
Mobile-friendly - Hotel d'Urville is the perfect place to relax after a day spent enjoying Marlborough’s many attractions. It's a boutique hotel in the heart of Blenheim's central business district with eleven well-appointed hotel rooms, an elegant bar and modern restaurant. Each room is uniquely themed and decorated - an experience in itself! Perfect Blenheim hotel to base yourself and explore Marlborough.
Mobile-friendly - Join Jade for a fun, flexible and informative Wine Tour to some of Marlborough's finest wineries. Full or Half day tours to the picturesque cellar doors of our internationally famous wineries allow you to revel in the stunning aromas and textures of their multi-award winning wines. Taste the dedication and passion in every bottle.
Stay in comfort amidst the vines of Korohi Vineyard on Marlborough's winery cycle track. Korohi Vineyard accommodation is a quiet Kiwi bach with a touch of class. We provide our guests with a breakfast basket and our new kitchen area allows for a fully self catered holiday.
Mobile-friendly - Lake Timara Lodge is one of New Zealand's ultimate hideaways, offering accommodation for only eight people at one time. Within the 25-acre, superbly maintained gardens you'll find a large in-ground pool, tennis court and five-acre lake. Their internationally renowned chef matches dishes to acclaimed local vintages and wines from the lodge's own 350-acre vineyard.
Mobile-friendly - Laurella Cottage is an exclusive boutique cottage situated right in the heart of Marlborough's wine region. Self-contained luxury accommodation nested into Upton Oaks Garden, a 5 Star Garden of National significance. We warmly welcome you to Laurella Cottage, and invite you to experience the ambience, of a fully restored NZ 1850's, colonial cottage.
Mobile-friendly - TripAdvisor Travellers Choice winner. Lugano Motor Lodge is well-priced, high-quality accommodation in Blenheim, the heart of your Marlborough tourism and wine experience. Located close to shops, cafes, adventures, wineries, transport and tours. Lugano offers 15 quiet, modern, spacious units consisting of studios, one and two-bedroom units and executive suites with air conditioning, spa baths and king-size beds.
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The "Figurative" show includes 13 artisans. You are invited to experience their expression of the human form.
Where: Detour Art Gallery, Blenheim, Marlborough
Address: 67 Market Street, Blenheim, Marlborough
From: 5:30pm on Friday 21st July 2017
To: 5:00pm on Friday 1st September 2017
47⁰ South - Rakiura - Five Artists on Stewart Island
A touring exhibition of works created by five New Zealand artists inspired by an artist residency project on Stewart Island. The artists involved in this project include Auckland artists; Jacqueline Aust and John ...
Where: Millennium Public Art Gallery, Blenheim, Marlborough
Address: Corner of Seymour and Alfred Streets, Blenheim, Marlborough
From: 10:30am on Wednesday 16th August 2017
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 1st October 2017
The Day the Earth Moved
Help us help out the kids of South Marlborough rebuild their lives after… the day the earth moved. Come and hear an engaging panel of speakers talking about various aspects and consequences of the Seddon and ...
Where: ASB Theatre Marlborough, Blenheim, Marlborough
Address: 2 Hutcheson Street, Blenheim, Marlborough
From: 7:00pm on Tuesday 22nd August 2017
To: 11:59pm on Tuesday 22nd August 2017
Blenheim Library: Author Talk - Eric Percy
Blenheim District Library is hosting well known local Eric Percy, now an author of three published books. Shifting with his family to Blenheim in 1974 he worked for a local furnishing firm, and later operated his own ...
Where: Marlborough District Library, Blenheim, Marlborough
Address: 33 Arthur St, Blenheim, Marlborough
From: 7:30pm on Wednesday 23rd August 2017
To: 9:00pm on Wednesday 23rd August 2017
Young Winemaker of the Year Celebration South Island Final
We're celebrating the Young Winemaker of the Year in the only way we know how, Bands, Wine, Food Trucks and Good Banter. Come along to celebrate the young talent that's from the South Island and high five the regional ...
Where: Marlborough Vintners Hotel, Blenheim, Marlborough
Address: 190 Rapaura Road, Blenheim, Marlborough
From: 5:00pm on Friday 25th August 2017
To: 11:00pm on Friday 25th August 2017
Open Mic Poetry
An open mic poetry session to celebrate Phantom Billstickers National Poetry Day 2017. Come to read, or just listen, to Marlborough’s local poetry ...
Where: Marlborough District Library, Blenheim, Marlborough
Address: 33 Arthur St, Blenheim, Marlborough
From: 12:00pm on Friday 25th August 2017
To: 2:00pm on Friday 25th August 2017
A simply 2 Life Pool Tournament open to anybody except 1st Division Players. Be in to win $50 Bar tab every week. There will be coaches available. So come along learn the rules, some tactics, and maybe even improve ...
Where: Clubs of Marlborough, Blenheim, Marlborough
Address: 42 Alfred St, Blenheim, Marlborough
From: 7:00pm on Friday 2nd June 2017
To: 11:59pm on Friday 29th September 2017
The Nudge - Dark Arts Album Release Tour
The Nudge are set to embark on a nationwide tour to promote their sophomore album Dark Arts, released in February of this year. The Nudge have been busy creating a show that should not be missed. With soaring guitars, ...
Where: Dharma Bums Club, Blenheim, Marlborough
Address: 65 Church Lane, Wairau Valley, Blenheim, Marlborough
From: 7:30pm on Saturday 26th August 2017
To: 11:55pm on Saturday 26th August 2017
Seddon School Tussock Run 2017
The Seddon School Tussock Run is a 5km, 10.5 km & 15km Walk/Run which aims to fundraise money for our school to go towards much-needed earthquake repairs including a new entrance to our wonderful school. Before, ...
Where: Seddon School, Blenheim, Marlborough
Address: 2 Redwood St, Seddon, Blenheim, Marlborough
From: 8:00am on Sunday 27th August 2017
To: 1:00pm on Sunday 27th August 2017
Marlborough Thermette Society Boil Up
Get yourself into hot water this Sunday! Come on out to the Wairau, downstream from the bridge between Spring Creek and Tua Marina, approx 500 metres past the Gills and Firth gravel plants. Bring a thermette if you ...
Where: Wairau River, Blenheim, Marlborough
Address: Wairau River, Blenheim, Marlborough
From: 2:30pm on Sunday 25th June 2017
To: 4:00pm on Sunday 27th August 2017