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How to Spend 2 Days in Blenheim

How to Spend 2 Days in Blenheim

Vines stretch from Blenheim across the Marlborough Region, guiding thirsty visitors to the town’s many good wineries. Wine is Blenheim’s big draw, but the town doubles as a base camp for visiting the Marlborough Sounds, where you can cruise remote coastlines, spot marine wildlife, and get a glimpse of island life. Here’s how to plan two days in Blenheim.

 

Day 1: Discover Marlborough Wine

**Morning:**With so many vineyards and wineries to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start. Wine tours do the research for you: Choose an excursion that visits a handful of spots, and you’ll get a good introduction to local styles, pick up tips on tasting Marlborough wines, and find out which the places you want to return to.

**Afternoon:**Trade wine for wartime history at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, a museum with galleries devoted to aircraft from the First and Second World Wars. Book a ticket for the one that interests you most, or buy a combination ticket for access to both wings of this fascinating museum.

**Night:**In the hours before sunset, rent a bike for a leisurely cruise on the flat roads and bike paths around Blenheim. Bring along a picnic for an alfresco dinner, or make your destination one of the many local vineyards with on-site restaurants.

 

Day 2: Explore Marlborough Sounds

**Morning:**Today, head for the nearby coast of Marlborough Sounds. The landscape here splinters into a maze of islands, bays, and inlets, and your options for exploring range from high-speed jet boats to the mail boats that link up remote island communities.

**Afternoon:**As you continue deeper into Marlborough Sounds, watch for the abundant marine wildlife that can be spotted from the boat. The winter months bring humpback whales, but there are seals, dolphins, stingrays, and orcas, as well.

**Night:**With your final night in Blenheim, choose one of the town’s wine-focused restaurants for an evening of local flavors. If you are planning to make a final vineyard visit in the morning, sampling wines over dinner is a great way to discover lesser-known names.

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Full-Day Marlborough Wine Tour Including Wine Tasting

Full-Day Marlborough Wine Tour Including Wine Tasting

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Take in the sights of Marlborough's wine country scenery and taste some of the region's best offerings on this full-day tour from Blenheim. Make several stops at different wineries and taste Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Pinot Noir as well as some lesser known varieties from the area. Round-trip transportation from hotels in Picton, Blenheim, or Havelock included.
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  • 6 hours
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Half-Day Marlborough Wine Region Tour from Picton or Blenheim

Half-Day Marlborough Wine Region Tour from Picton or Blenheim

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Taste some great New Zealand wines on a half-day tour of the Marlborough wine region. Visit various vineyards, learn about the region's distinct terroirs, and go wine tasting at four wineries from Picton or Blenheim. Tastings, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off are included on this small-group tour limited to 11 guests.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Skip the Line:WWI & WWII Combo Exhibitions at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Skip the Line:WWI & WWII Combo Exhibitions at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

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Save time and skip the lines with this combo ticket to Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre’s cutting-edge ‘Knights of the Sky’ and ‘Dangerous Skies’ exhibits. Learn about New Zealand’s wartime pilots and see their stories brought to life in sets created by the award-winning WingNut Films and Weta Workshop. Enthusiasts should make a beeline to the Centre’s aviation relics: immaculately-preserved bomber planes and fighter jets from both World Wars.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Full-Day Marlborough Catamaran Cruise with Wine Tour and Lunch

Full-Day Marlborough Catamaran Cruise with Wine Tour and Lunch

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Combine some of Marlborough's classic activities on this full-day tour: cruising on Queen Charlotte Sound and tasting some of the area's world-renowned wines. Spend the morning out cruising aboard a catamaran, then go ashore to a winery for lunch and wine tasting. Continue the afternoon with more winery visits and tastings.
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  • 7 hours
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Half-Day Wine Tour in Marlborough with Wine Tasting

Half-Day Wine Tour in Marlborough with Wine Tasting

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Explore New Zealand's premier wine region on this half-day tour from Blenheim. Visit four wineries, each internationally-acclaimed for their blends of red, white and particularly Sauvignon Blanc grapes that flourish in the sun-drenched alluvial soils of Marlborough. Stroll through the vines and contemplate the meaningful things in life: less important things, like your round-trip transport to and from Blenheim, are all taken care of by your tour operator.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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Knights of the Sky - The Great War Exhibition in Blenheim

Knights of the Sky - The Great War Exhibition in Blenheim

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Visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in New Zealand, and admire World War I aircraft and artifacts on this ‘Knights of the Sky’ Great War exhibition in Blenheim. Marvel at Sir Peter Jackson’s own collection of planes and memorabilia, and gain insight into the technologies of the time. See the Great War brought back to life in awe-inspiring detail and gain insight into the aircrafts’ capabilities in the context of battle. Upgrade your ticket to explore the site with a guide and learn more about the various exhibits on show.
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  • 2 hours
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Sunday Cruise exploring the remotest part of The Marlborough Sounds

Sunday Cruise exploring the remotest part of The Marlborough Sounds

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See as much of the Marlborough Sounds as possible in one day with this summer-season boat cruise that offers glimpses of New Zealand’s unique marine and forest wildlife, serene strolls through sun-dappled native bush and spectacular views of Tennyson Inlet. Chose to sit down for a meal at The Lodge at Te Rawa, or pack your own lunch and enjoy a picnic as you explore the historic farm.
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  • 5 to 7 hours
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Private Marlborough Jet-Boat Ride with Seafood Lunch and Wine

Private Marlborough Jet-Boat Ride with Seafood Lunch and Wine

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Nestled at the north eastern end of New Zealand’s beautiful South Island, Marlborough is a land of scenic lakes, fertile vineyards, and spectacular coastal scenery. With this tour, travel in comfort by private vehicle and see the best of Marlborough with ease. Zoom through the Pelorus Sound by powerful jet-boat, and experience wet and wild 360-degree spins across the waves. Then, travel into the Marlborough wine region for a delicious 2-course seafood lunch, and sample some of the delicate wines for which this corner of the South Island is famous.
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  • 6 hours 30 minutes
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