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Blenheim

Surrounded by row upon row of vines, Blenheim sits at the heart of the Marlborough Wine region. A compact town centred on an old fashioned market place, Blenheim is a great place to soak up the country atmosphere. A great choice of cafes, restaurants and shops will help you while away an afternoon.
Of course the region is most famous for its world class wines and a visit would not be complete without sampling the vintages at the many wineries.

Full Day Marlborough Wine Tour

Full Day Marlborough Wine Tour

A Full Day Wine Tour, departing around 10.30am and returns 4.30pm. Discover the diversity of Marlborough's famous wine valley. You will visit approximately 6 - 7 venues. A winery lunch stop is included at your own cost. Tasting fees may apply at selected wineries.

Marlborough Icons Tour

Marlborough Icons Tour

Marlborough has become world famous for two iconic areas, the Marlborough wine region and the Marlborough Sounds. Enjoy the perfect combo tour through both areas on the Marlborough Icons Tour. This tour starts in the heart of the Marlborough wine region with two fine wine experiences including Cloudy Bay winery, then in the afternoon enjoy a totally unique Seafood Cruise in the Marlborough Sounds. Learn about seafood farming, take in the stunning scenery and enjoy fresh local seafood with a glass of award winning Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc.

Highlights Half Day Wine Tour

Highlights Half Day Wine Tour

Highlight Wine Tours are for those with a taste for wines, beers and fruit liqueurs. Join us for a 'not to be missed' tour through Marlborough's world famous wine region and sample it's essential taste among the panoramic landscapes.  Pick up from your accommodation, your day will be organised at your pace with your choice of wineries to visit. Stopping for lunch at one of Marlborough's Winery Restaurants ( at your cost ). Finishing the tour at the Makana Boutique Chocolate Factory, returning you to your accommodation approx 5pm.

Full Day Winemakers Tour

Full Day Winemakers Tour

You get a close look at the wine production process as your winemaker guide educates your mind and your palate from vineyard to bottle! Hop ‘n Grape tours go beyond the cellar door so you can sample the best – straight from the barrel. You can ask all those curly questions, so you can dazzle your friends back home with your NZ Wine Know-How.

Your full day tour starts with a behind-the-scenes look at a modern-day winery. You’ll either taste grape juice fresh from the press; sample a young Pinot Noir from the barrel; or try a freshly filtered Sauvignon Blanc.

Next, you’ll get up close and personal with the Marlborough wine region and you’ll taste any delight that isn’t tied down. You will visit 4-6 wineries which can include local breweries, with over 40 cellar doors to choose from, if you’ve got a favourite we’ll do our best to get you there.  Lunch at a vineyard restaurant is always a highlight (at own cost). There is also opportunity to do a Cheese tasting, Olive oil tasting or a visit to Makana Chocolate Shop.

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre houses a display like no other and you don't have to be an aviation buff to enjoy it! Human stories from the Great War come to life in a theatrical treatment, which is innovative and visually stunning. Captivating scenes depict the aircraft in context, some recreating actual incidents. The rare memorabilia is worthy of any national collection and ranges from beautifully crafted 'trench art' through to personal items belonging to the famous Red Baron himself.

Coastal Pacific Train: Blenheim to Christchurch

Coastal Pacific Train: Blenheim to Christchurch

The Coastal Pacific train journey travels between the delightful port of Picton and Christchurch, the South Island's largest city. This journey is a scenic feast of New Zealand, with the Kaikoura mountain ranges on one side of your train and the rugged Pacific Ocean coastline on the other. Along the way you pass though the village of Kaikoura, where, if you're touring New Zealand, you can break your journey to take in the whale watching or dare to get closer and swim with the dolphins.
Travel through some of New Zealand's finest horticultural and farmland areas, and see amazing wildlife such as dolphins, seals and penguins from the comfort of your train carriage.
One of the world's most scenic train journeys, the Coastal Pacific travels through 22 tunnels and crosses 175 bridges, one of them being New Zealand's only road-rail bridge. As on The TranzAlpine, The Coastal Pacific includes an open air viewing carriage where all your senses are awakened with the clean, fresh, sea air.

Sounds Air Private Charter Blenheim to Taupo

Sounds Air Private Charter Blenheim to Taupo

Brancott Estate Wine Tasting & Falcon Encounter

Brancott Estate Wine Tasting & Falcon Encounter

Brancott Estate is located in the Brancott Vineyard - home to the first Sauvignon Blanc plantings in Marlborough. On this tour, you'll discover how Brancott Estate wines are created with the natural environment in mind as well as having the opportunity to view a rare native New Zealand falcon flying demonstration. There are two advocacy falcon at the estate - both of which keep grape-eating birds away from the vines. You'll then enjoy a tutored tasting of the Brancott Estate Living Land Series wines, including two wines made from organic grapes.

Marlborough Golf Club

Marlborough Golf Club

Located among vineyards you’ll enjoy the scenery and course challenge when you play at Marlborough Golf Course, Fairhall, Blenheim - the region’s premier course. Founded in 1900, it’s one of New Zealand’s oldest courses. The par is 72 over 6052 metres off the blue tees. With only 400 members, the course is never crowded. It’s a friendly club where visitors are always welcome. It’s easy walking with a variety of trees and terrain, water hazards, out of bounds in the vines, making it a good test of golf. The course is extremely well maintained by the greenkeeping staff assisted by club volunteers. Having an extensive course watering system and being one of the sunniest places in the country also helps. The clubhouse offers fine wines from the club’s sponsors, so the 19th is well worth a visit after your game. The club is less than 10 minutes’ drive from Blenheim town centre and near many of the area’s top cellar doors.

Molesworth Station One Day Tour

Molesworth Station One Day Tour

Molesworth Station is New Zealand’s largest high country station, covering almost half a million acres (185,000 hectares).  From October to May you can enjoy exclusive entry to parts of this unique and remote region where the topography varies from River Valleys to towering Mountains. During this full day tour into the beautiful Marlborough rural back country you’ll discover the fabulous unspoilt scenery, see towering mountains and rolling farmland, hear about the rich farming history, and stories of another generation, visit the original Molesworth cob cottage where the first pioneer sheep farmers lived, visit a modern shearing shed for smoko, with home cooked treats. The tour includes a picnic lunch and award winning coffee and travel in comfortable air conditioned 4WD mini coaches. From December on, there also is new life being introduced to the station with new born calves with their proud mothers scattered throughout the station. 

Standard Full Day Guided Biking Wine Tour with Explore Marlborough

Standard Full Day Guided Biking Wine Tour with Explore Marlborough

Discover the beauty of Marlborough on this full day biking wine tour, you will visit superb Marlborough vineyards and tasting rooms on the Wairau Plains surrounding Blenheim and Renwick.
This is a great day out, where you experience the views, tastes and flavours of Marlborough wine to the full. Your guide will plan the route, cycling from winery to winery through stunning vineyards, allowing you to take your time and enjoy the beauty of the Marlborough wine region.
You will learn a little of the history of the area and the background to growing and producing wine. Visit up to five of the region's favourite wineries and taste some of the best wines of the region, including world-class Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Enjoy lunch at one of the winery restaurants (at your own expense), which are all set in their own beautiful grounds and have a relaxed, friendly ambience.
Enjoy a leisurely pace on gentle terrain, ensuring an easy ride no matter what your skill level.

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