Sun, wine and food
Sunshine capital of New Zealand?
The 2nd Saturday of February each year has the unbelievably good wine and food festival. With a major selection of world class wines and some great kiwi food to go with it (lamb, venison etc etc) you have to watch the waist line at this event. In February the weather is usually hot and just perfect for sampling your favourite grape.more
Marlborough is a fantastic region for wine. It's most famous for it's Sauvignon Blanc, but to think that this is all that is produced there would be a travesty...You can get Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Gewurztramminer, Riesling, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and a number of Sparkling wines... I've probably missed off a load!We went on a tour...more
Seymour Square is where we found the Memorial town clock. The clock is unique, as it was built with various stones found around the Marlborough area. It is dedicated in memory of the fallen in WW1. The nearby Memorial fountain which at night is lit in multi colours, is in memory of the fallen in WW11. All this is set amongst some very nice gardens....more
A favourite place to imbibe is Alan Scott winery. Good wine and a nice restaurant (Twelve Trees) to while away the day in the sun. They have a very good Sauvignon Blanc, a nice Chardonnay and their Pinot Noir is getting better. Prices are quite reasonable, though purchases at the winery are generally more expensive than from my local...more
On the highway between Blenheim and Kaikoura, SH1, there are a couple of seal colonies. Just open your window and when you smell something fishy pull over and climb down to the beach. Keep some distance between the seals and you and you'll have a great couple of hours watching them swimming around and fighting over the best spot in the sun.more
A very nice and welcoming place. We went on a particularly hot day which made the whole vista even better. Grove Mill have two labels, their name and Sanctuary which is a seemingly 'not so many frills' label which is priced lower the Grove Mill label but is quite nice all the same. The standout this year was the Pinot Gris - great with fruit of a...more
This is one of the original places in Marlborough. I bought a mixed case of wine in 1985 and with it came a certificate of sponsorship for a specific vine with row and plot number! These guys have come a long way since then and forged many international deals that opened doors for other NZ wineries. They have a large selection of wine with many...more
These guys have some very nice wine but it is a bit overpriced at the shop. My local supermarket has it quite a bit cheaper per bottle. The Sauvignon Blanc is extremely good and the Pinot Noir more than passable. The only hassle is that Mudhouse is on the main 'wine tour route' and appears set up for a more 'hard sell' tasting for international...more
These guys do some nice wines especially their Sarah Jennings red which will cellar for quite some time. The 2002 was excellent so I'm looking forward to trying the next years vintage on my trip in November 2005. The other wine of theirs that I'm fond of is the Reisling which has been very good over the last 3 years. They have also won awards for...more
This place is quite interesting and takes its name from the 'Spy Station' dwon the road in the Waihopai Valley - looks like a big golf ball. The winery has its name spelt in morse code all over its buildings in honour of the spy station................ true!! Their wine is quite good with the Pinot Gris and desert wine easily the best. When we were...more
Cloudy Bay is considered one of New Zealand premier wineries and has several award winning wines. Their Sauvignon Blanc is probably their flagship wine and gave them access to many new markets especially in Australia where demand for other wines was created through their Sav. The shop front is high class and if you time it right - late October to...more
A definite highlight of my trip to New Zealand was the wine tour that I took in Blenheim. I had booked my wine tour ahead of time by calling the reception at Hotel d'Urville and when I arrived everything was all set. I suggest booking a wine tour at your hotel/motel/hostel. The YHA hostels advertised wine tour bookings as well.Our driver also...more
Blenheim is the base to begin your explorations of Marlborough’s wineries.Tour the wineries and breweries with a guide, so you won’t have to worry about driving Lunch alfresco amongst the vines - many wineries have a cafe or restaurant Follow the art and craft trail to see a thriving creative community in action Visit a distillery and see how it’s...more
World renowned for their wines montana have vineyards in Marlborough.Sauvignon Blanc The most famous wine to hail from this winery is Montana Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc, the largest exported version of New Zealand's signature wine varietyPinot NoirMontana's drive to equal the success of Sauvignon Blanc with a red wine is also centred in...more
After a week of youth hostels, Hotel d'Urville felt like a dream. I stayed in the Pacific Room,...more
Learned about Chateau Marlborough during a search on the Internet. The web site looked okay....more
91 High Street, Blenheim, New Zealand
Good for: Business
We didn't have a reservation, but were offered to eat outside - it might rain within an hour. It didn't, the sun shone, the food was fabulous and the wine did its work. They were very quick with the dishes - perhaps because of the expected rain - but not in a hurry. We also tried two desert: both very good.more
Cafe 79 is a small cafe on Market St and is notable for the amount of Gluten free food on offer. There didn't appear to be much choice in Blenheim for Angie and we came across this place while trying to find something to eat. Angie had a really nice Fritata & a slice of orange cake while I had a stodgy steak pie and banana & walnut muffin. The...more
I have been here many times over the past 25 years and it's still a great place to go. The menu features crayfish with the usual assortment of Italian dishes plus a few local items. Have a look at the websire below - it has a menu on it so you can have a bit of a look!!! The Steak and Crayfish is a bit pricy ($38NZ) but well worth the dollars....more
When I returned from my winetour I was getting hungry so I walked around searching for an open restaurant. I found The Living Room and went inside. The decor was pleasant and the atmosphere was warm. However, I wasn't impressed by the service. The menu selection was also limiting for a person who does not like bacon but I found something to eat. I...more
We stumbled upon this place as we were in search of lunch and the local Fish and Chip shop was closed at 1.30pm. Nice pub with good decor anmd plenty of space. The choice of Panini and burgers were good and reasonable prices (compared to the Living Room anyway!). Kumara (type of sweet potato), Bacon, Cheese and Chutney Panini with chunky chips -...more
A good sized car park is located on High St and it has walk-throughs to the centre of Blenheim. If you don't want to pay for parking and need to walk about for more than 30 minutes then you can get free parks but they are often located out of the main CBD.
Located 35kms down the coast from Blenheim, a large shallow lake has ponds that develop a deepening pink colour during the summer months. This is Lake Grassmere, Salt Lakes.Seawater, fresh from the Pacific Ocean, is pumped into Lake Grassmere, the water evaporates and the salt concentration rises. As the water continues to evaporate, salt forms as...more
Situated 32 kms south of the town of Blenheim are these tall cones of salt at Lake Grassmere. Pink and white crystallising ponds which are NZ's only evaporative solar salt works and are formed by the almost constant winds combined with many sunny days which occur here.Tours are available Thursday and Fridays at 1.30pmmore
Sailing down the river on the River Queen boat.
Her basic design is a couple of hundred years old but this one is brand new, just a copy. Recently launched in Blenheim(2003).
You can experience the beauty and tranquility of the Opawa River as you cruise (and dine) in style and comfort.
When not cruising the bar service is available on the dockside at the Riverside Par
Equipment: $19 an adult
I love sitting on the grass in Seymour Square and lazing about. The clock tower is in the middle and chimes each quarter hour like an old English clock so you know what time past the hour it is. The is normally plenty of parking (mostly 30 minute time limit) around the square but if you are lucky you may find a park on Seymour St in front of the...more
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