"Blenheim is Synonym for Wine and Sunshine" Top 5 Page for this destination Marlborough Tip by Kakapo2
Marlborough, South Island: 5 reviews and 7 photos
If you have no time to visit Blenheim, do not worry: There is not a lot to see. What makes Blenheim known all over the place is the wine that grows around this little Marlborough town which BTW is the capital of this region. New Zealand's biggest wine producer is located near Blenheim, it is Montana, and everybody knows the Montana Wine Festival.
The town itself, as said, has not a lot to offer. There is a nice square in the centre with a clock tower, and Seymore Square with another - bigger - clock tower, palm trees and nice flower beds. Some minutes from the centre is Pollard Park which is an English style garden. It is situated between the Old Renwick Road and Parker Street (parallel to SH 6).
Apart from the wine Blenheim is famous for another superlative: It is the town with most sunshine hours in NZ. In average the sun shines 2438 hours per year, so the town dubbs itself as the sunshine capital of NZ. When we there the last time it was a hot day, and the hills around the town were so dry that they looked as if covered in desert sand.
If - for whatever reason - you spend more than an hour in Blenheim, for example for some wine-tasting days, you can do water activities like housboating on the Opawa River (you can stay for the night), or hire a boat for cruising and fishing, and you can do punting and kayaking on Taylor River. They also have a Riverside Railway which runs on weekends normally.
Houseboating Opawa River, tel. (03) 577 9205
Boat Hire, freephone (0800) 934 262
Address: i-site, Railway Station, Sinclair St., SH1
Phone: i-site: (03) 577 8080
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