Blenheim, New Zealand
Blenheim is the most populous town in the Marlborough wine growing region and is usually one of the first stops that tourists make after making the ferry ride from Wellington to nearby Picton. Its close proximity to the coastline also makes it perfect for those who would like to enjoy a day or two at the beach during their holiday.
Marlborough Wine Trail and outdoor activities
The outdoors and nature are a big part of New Zealand life and Blenheim is certainly no exception. You can spend a day exploring the wineries on the Marlborough Wine Trail by bike or car. There are also a number of excellent escorted wine tours, for those wanting to learn more about the vineyards of the Marlborough region.
There are a number of wildlife and eco tours available for tourists and locals to enjoy. Depending on your personal preference, some are operated by 4WD vehicles while others are via kayak or on foot. No matter which option you select, you are sure to enjoy a fun and educational day out.
Pollard Park is a lovely spot for all. The park has barbeque facilities as well as a playground for the kids. You can literally spend all day in the park and enjoy your meal outdoors and let the kids use up some of their energy.
Things to do in Blenheim
Whether you are a local or international tourist, there is always room to learn when on holiday. Understanding and gaining knowledge need not be as tedious as school. In fact, learning is easily made fun by getting a closer look and more hands on experience.
The Omaka Aviation Museum is a popular and entertaining educational experience. The displays are extremely lifelike and the guides help bring each story to life. There are a number of items on display from private collectors which helps keep the facility overflowing with plenty of authentic pieces.
Just next door to the Aviation Museum, you will find Omaka Classic Cars. Here you find a comprehensive display of almost 60 vehicles that date back as far as the 1950s. Their total collection is around 115 vehicles but they only put half on display at a time. This is especially great for those who would like to visit more than once. You are sure to find something new and exciting every time!
The Renwick Museum & the Olga Watson Memorial Library is another popular stop for tourists and, for those who enjoy live theatrical performances; you should certainly look at the local listings for the fabulous Marlborough Civic Theatre.
Blenheim is a fantastic town filled with life and lots of activities for all ages. It's clear to see why this is not just a town to pass through but a tourist destination all on its own. With more than enough accommodation options and lots to see and do, Blenheim's tourism industry is doing extremely well.