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A fierce contender for the title “New Zealand’s sunniest”, Blenheim finally inched to first place in 2008, putting the long-reigning sunniest town of Nelson to second place.
This claim to weather fame, coupled with Blenheim’s cool and crisp winters, has made it the centre of the largest wine-growing region in New Zealand.
Its location on the northeastern nook of South Island and proximity to the dramatic series of natural waterways, islets and coves of the same name also makes it an adventure playground for outdoor enthusiasts of all type.
Blenheim is only 20 minutes south of Picton where the InterIslander Ferry service drops off passengers from Wellington.
The Local Loop and Marlborough Wine Trail
As the most populous centre of a region internationally acclaimed for its crisp Sauvignon Blanc, Blenheim has become the gateway to 65 wineries and about 300 grape growers (producing other varietals like Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Riesling), with 30 wineries within 10 kilometres of town.
The Marlborough Wine and Food Festival – centered around wine tasting, wine and food pairing, wine seminars, concerts and even a catwalk in the vineyards.
If you cannot make it during this widely-attended event, you can always follow the Marlborough Wine Trail anytime of the year at the cellar doors for free sampling and purchase.
You can even combine food stops along the way, and throw in places of historic and cultural interest into your itinerary in one nifty day tour called the Local Loop.
The Loop takes you to strawberry growers, chocolatiers, ice cream makers, and olive oil farmers aside from the must-see vineyards.
If you so desire, you can go full circle and board a river boat for a sunset cruise on the Opawa River.
The Marlborough sounds by car
World-class wineries may take up much of your Blenheim itinerary, but you would be amiss not to drive the 71-kilometre Queen Charlotte Track which snakes through the Marlborough Sounds.
From this vantage point, you can scope out the best place to launch your kayak, or to put on sunscreen and snorkel gear, or to cast your fishing rod for small-time game.
If you have the luxury of time, drive to Picton and join a relaxing cruise through postcard-perfect waterways, coves, islets, peninsulas, lush coastal vegetation, and crystal clear waters of the Marlborough Sounds.
Pop open a bottle of Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay and call it a well-earned holiday.