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30 Best Blenheim Attractions Every Tourist Must See

When you catch the Interislander Ferry from the North Island in New Zealand to the top of the South Island, you land in the picturesque town of Picton. A short drive of 28 km brings you to Blenheim, the base for exploring the Eastern top of the South Island of New Zealand. To the west are the Southern Alps, and south is Kaikoura and Christchurch. There is much to see and do in Marlborough, the province that surrounds the town of Blenheim. This area could be called the Wine and Seafood Capital of New Zealand, as both are in plentiful supply in this area.

30 Most Popular Attractions in Blenheim

1. Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

  • The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is located at Marlborough’s historically significant Omaka Aerodrome and was established to provide a world-class
  • Adults $30; Children (5-14yrs) $12
  • +64 3-579 1305
  • Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, Aerodrome Road, Blenheim, New Zealand
  • 10am-5pm, last entry 4pm
  • Website
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2. Spy Valley Wines

  • Varies on the food and wines
  • 64 3 572 6088
  • Spy Valley Wines, Waihopai Valley, Marlborough, New Zealand
  • Daily 10:30am-4:30pm

3. Framingham Wine Company Limited

  • Varies on the food and wines
  • 64 3 572 8884
  • Framingham Wine Company Limited, Renwick, Marlborough, New Zealand
  • Daily 10:30am-4:30pm

4. Villa Maria Estate Marlborough Winery

  • Wine price varies from $10-$115
  • 64 3 520 8472
  • Villa Maria Marlborough Winery, New Renwick Road, Blenheim, New Zealand
  • Weekdays 9am-6pm; Weekends 9am-4pm

5. Highfield TerraVin Winery

  • Varies on the food and wines
  • 64 (3) 572 9244
  • Highfield TerraVin Winery, Brookby Road, Waihopai Valley, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am–5pm

6. Millennium Public Art Gallery

  • Free
  • 03 579 2001
  • Millennium Public Art Gallery, Blenheim, New Zealand
  • Weekdays 10.30am-4.30pm; Weekends 1pm-4pm

7. Saint Clair Family Estate

  • Wine varies from $25-$310
  • 64 3-570 5280
  • Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen, Selmes Road, Rapaura, New Zealand
  • Daily 9am-5pm

8. Moa Brewery

  • Wine prices vary
  • 64 3 572 5146
  • Moa Brewing Company, Rapaura, Marlborough, New Zealand
  • Daily 11am-5pm

9. Seymour Square

  • Free
  • 63 Alfred St, Blenheim, 7201, New Zealand
  • Daily

10. Fromm Winery

  • Wine prices vary
  • 64 (0)3 572 9355
  • Fromm Winery, Godfrey Road, Fairhall, New Zealand
  • Daily 11am-4pm

11. Whites Bay

  • Adult $13 Child $6.50
  • Whites Bay Camping Area, Rarangi, Marlborough, New Zealand
  • Opens daily

12. Rock Ferry Wines

  • Wine prices vary
  • 03 579 6431
  • Rock Ferry Wines, Hammerichs Road, Blenheim, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-4:30pm

13. Yealands Estate

  • Varies on the food and wines
  • 64 3 575 7618
  • Yealands Estate, Seddon, Marlborough, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am–4.30pm

14. Lawson’s Dry Hills

  • Wine prices vary
  • Lawson's Dry Hills, Alabama Road, Blenheim, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am–5pm

15. Forrest Estate Wines

  • Wine varies from $20-$40
  • 03 5729084
  • Forrest Estate Wines, Blicks Road, Renwick, New Zealand
  • Daily 10am-4:30pm

Which attractions in Blenheim are suitable for families with kids

For the kids, the big thing in Blenheim is the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, with historic aircraft and memorabilia connected with airplanes and aviation. Flights are available on some of the vintage planes.

There is also a Classic Car Museum in Omaka, with a collection of over 100 cars. An asset worth mentioning are the WW1 planes owned by Sir Peter Jackson of film industry fame, together with the dioramas and landscapes supplied by Weta Workshops.

Marlborough Farming Museum offers vintage and historic machinery, including the first tractor built in New Zealand. Kids will also enjoy a visit to the Salt Farm near Blenheim, where salt is harvested from the sea.

 

Which Attractions are a Day Trip from Blenheim?

An interesting trip for visitors to New Zealand is Molesworth Station. At over 180,000 Ha this is New Zealand’s biggest farm, running the country’s biggest herd of beef stock. The road through Molesworth is a very long route to Hanmer Springs, showing the mountains of the inner part of the Island. Hanmer Springs is a great place to stay for a visit with the spas and springs being a delightful attraction. Molesworth is 123 km from Blenheim, while Hanmer Springs is 260 km away.

There is some beautiful scenic country in the Marlborough Sounds, a world of ancient sunken river valleys that are not only beautiful, but also offers plenty of outdoor activities. Nelson, a town known for the quantity of fruit produced in the region, is also a short drive away. Nelson is 115 km from Blenheim overland or 135 km when travelling via Picton.

 

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