What is the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about New Zealand? Sheep? Yes, sheep are only one of the many reasons you should visit this beautiful country. The natural landscapes and the culture are some of the other reasons. When thinking about New Zealand, cities such as Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch are probably the cities that come to mind, first. And actually, every place in New Zealand is worth visiting.
One example of a more overlooked but worthy destination is Blenheim, a town situated in the region of Marlborough. The town is famous for its spectacular beauty, local wine and food culture. Here are 10 superb things to do in Blenheim:
1. Stroll in Pollard Park
Pollard Park is one of the prettiest parks you can find in New Zealand. Have a quiet and pleasant stroll around the park, which boasts lush trees and colorful flowers. The best time to visit this park is during the summer, when all the flowers are in bloom.
Address: Mayfield, Blenheim 7201, New Zealand
2. Enjoy Seymour Square
Seymour Square makes an excellent place to visit, both day and night. During the day, you can enjoy the surrounding gardens and the monument. You can even have lunch under a tree. And, when the night comes, you should go back to the square and watch the fountain changing colors. You will be impressed!
Address: 37 Seymour St., Blenheim, New Zealand
3. Sit back and enjoy the wine tasting at the Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen
Nestled within a unique vineyard setting, the Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen is a great place for you to relax. Here, you can have an exquisite lunch, accompanied by an impressive selection of wines. Craft beers from Kiwi breweries are also available, in addition to the wines. Or, you can stop by in the morning to enjoy a selection of delicious muffins and hot drinks. Dining options include outdoor dining amongst the vines and the veranda section.
Saint Clair Family Estate Vineyard Kitchen
Address: 13 Selmes Rd, Rapaura 7273, New Zealand
4. Visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Center
Situated approximately 5 kilometers (3.1 miles) from the center of Blenheim, the Omaka Aviation Heritage Center boasts a private collection of Great War aircraft and artifacts, stories from World War II and more. The collection is among the largest in the world and the stories are displayed in fantastic sets, as if brought to life. It doesn’t matter if you are not an aviation enthusiast because you are guaranteed a fun time exploring the heritage center.
Omaka Aviation Heritage Center
Address: 79 Aerodrome Rd, Omaka, Blenheim 7272, New Zealand
Website: Omaka Aviation Heritage Center
5. Absorb the beauty of Whites Bay
Featuring a white, sandy beach, Whites Bay is definitely a must-visit destination for all nature lovers. Absorb the beauty of the beach first before you start swimming. You don’t have to worry about safety, as Whites Bay is a very safe place to swim.
Address: Blenheim, New Zealand
Website: Whites Bay
6. See the magnificent Upton Oaks Garden
Nestled in an area of 1.5 acres (.6 hectares), just outside Blenheim, Upton Oaks Garden is a destination that must not be missed by anyone visiting Blenheim. Upton Oaks Garden is a private garden that has been developed over some years and has been awarded the distinction of being a Garden of National Significance. You can have a nice walk around the garden or sit back on a park bench and admire the magnificent beauty of the park. Since this is a private garden, you have to contact the owner first and arrange a time, prior to visiting.
Upton Oaks Garden
Address: 33 Hammerichs Rd, Rapaura 7272, New Zealand
Website: Upton Oaks Garden
7. Enjoy some art at the Millennium Public Art Gallery
Set in the heart of Blenheim, just opposite Seymour Square, the Millennium Public Art Gallery is a superb place for every art lover or anyone who is curious about art. The gallery features curated art exhibitions and events that change regularly. Everyone is welcome to enjoy the exhibitions and events and admission to the gallery is free.
Millennium Public Art Gallery
Address: Corner of Seymour Street And Alferd Street, Blenheim 7201, New Zealand
Website: Millennium Public Art Gallery
8. Take a cruise along the Ōpaoa River
The Ōpaoa River, also known as the Opawa River, is a small river in Blenheim that is worth visiting. Although the river is small, you can take a cruise on the river and enjoy the surroundings. Enjoy the peaceful countryside and take a closer look at the clear water of this beautiful river.
Address: Marlborough Region, Blenheim, New Zealand
Website: Ōpaoa River Cruise
9. Explore Blenheim with the Molesworth Tour Company
Explore Blenheim by joining a professionally guided tour, through the Molesworth Tour Company. You can choose either a one day or multi-day tour. Your tour guide will share with you the wonderful history of Blenheim, as well as tales of the town and bring you to the most amazing places in Blenheim.
Molesworth Tour Company
Address: 50 State Highway 63, Renwick 7204, New Zealand
Website: Molesworth Tour Company
10. See the largest earth flood protection dam in New Zealand - The Taylor Dam
A magnificent place like the Taylor Dam will make you feel relaxed and refreshed. The Taylor Dam is a flood protection dam and not just an ordinary flood protection dam, but the largest one in New Zealand! You will find a small, yet majestic lake behind the dam, where you can meet some black swans, mallard ducks and other beautiful creatures that live in the lake.
Address: Taylor Pass Road, Blenheim 7201, New Zealand
The beauty of Blenheim will take your breath away!
There is nothing more beautiful in the world than nature. Blenheim is one of the places on Earth that will impress you with its beauty. Visit Blenheim and be ready for your heart to tell you that it never wants to leave!
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