Blenheim is located in the Marlborough region on South Island, New Zealand. The location directly across the Cook Strait from Wellington, makes it an ideal gateway into South Island for visitors who are done with their tour of North Island, and who want to hop over from Wellington. But what really brings a lot of visitors to Blenheim is its location at the heart of the Marlborough wine country, plus, it gets around 2,438 hours of warm sunshine per year. Get a car for hire in Blenheim to help you explore the city and its attractions, wineries, and all the vineyards. Your car will also help you experience with ease, the varied pleasures of the Marlborough Sounds, from scuba diving in Picton to whale watch tours in Kaikoura.
You can start your tour with the i-Site visitor center at 8 Sinclair Street. Get all the tourist brochures and maps you need from the local tourist office. After securing a car for rent in Blenheim, head out for Seymour Square to see the War Memorial. Seymour Square has a historic clock tower and it also houses the Millennium Public Art Gallery, where you can take a look at significant works of New Zealand as well as international artists. Next up on the itinerary is the beautifully landscaped Pollard Park. The Omaka Aviation Heritage Center is also one of the must-visit tourist attractions in Blenheim, and so is the Marlborough Provincial Museum.
Marlborough Sounds has some of the world’s most famous vineyards. The Villa Maria Estate, which claims to have the most number of award-winning wines in New Zealand, has five separate vineyards around Blenheim. The Fairhall Downs Estate on Wrekin Road is another reputed winery which offers everything from vineyard tours to a wine cellar where you can get a taste of their Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay. Other wineries you may want to visit include Giesen Wines, Rock ferry Wines, Saint Clair Family Estate, Wairau River Wines, and the Fromm Winery.
The top two choices in terms of hotels in Blenheim include Hotel d'Urville and Marlborough Vintners Hotel. You can find the former at 52 Queen Street, while Marlborough Vintners Hotel is located at 190 Rapaura Road. If you prefer more personal and cozy accommodations, then the St Leonards Vineyard Cottages at 18 St Leonards Road should be just what you need.
If you are coming from or going to Wellington City, then you will have Picton on your itinerary. Book your car rental in Blenheim right now, and plan for a spin on the spectacular 25-mile Queen Charlotte Drive, which links Picton to Havelock. You can stop along the way in Linkwater, where the road passes through a small patch of land left above water, between the heads of Queen Charlotte Sound and the Pelorus Sound. Another well-known Marlborough Sounds experience is a whale watching tour in Kaikoura. Whale Watch Kaikoura, the company that operates them, has won awards for promoting responsible tourism.
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