One of the many stops on our tour around the south island of New Zealand was the sun-drenched town of Blenheim, a great base to experience the wine country, not to mention stunning Marlborough Sounds.
Keen to try some of New Zealand’s wine whilst in the country, we decided the best way was to take a bike tour around Marlborough’s many vineyards – which I would absolutely recommend doing. What’s great about taking a bike tour is that you can go at your own pace and taste a variety of different wines along the way.
We didn’t spend a great deal of time in Blenheim’s town centre itself but we loved Pollard Park, which we happened upon. It’s a wonderful place to go for a stroll and has the most incredible rose garden, with blooms in a whole range of pretty colours.
Unfortunately, we really struggled to find decent restaurants in Blenheim and ended up eating at the hotel we were staying at (which I pretty much never do). However, we did find a lovely little nook for brunch. Unfortunately, I just can’t find the name of it (sorry!).
Blenheim is also a great jump-off point to explore Marlborough Sounds. You can take in the views via the nearby Queen Charlotte Track, which is exactly what we did as headed to our next destination, Nelson.
Although we only drove through part of Marlborough Sounds, we stopped off several times to take in the scenery from the many viewpoints en route.
The views of Marlborough Sounds were nothing short of incredible. I would highly recommend adding it to your travel list if you plan to visit the south island of New Zealand. Also, the Marlborough wine region is not to be missed if you are a wine-lover too!
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