312 kms north of Christchurch and 28kms south of Picton, Blenheim is one of
the sunniest towns in New Zealand and is the commercial and administrative
centre for the Marlborough region.
Located on the banks of the
Taylor and Opawa Rivers, Blenheim with a population of 29,700, is the of New
Zealand's wine industry as it enjoys one of New Zealand’s sunniest climates,
with hot, relatively dry summers and crisp winters.
Seymour Square and Pollard Park are two of the town's main attractions for
walks and general tourism.
In a 15km radius of Blenheim the is a large range of wineries and boutique
beer breweries that surrounds the town. Besides the wineries and beer
breweries, there is extensive farming surrounding the Town.
Omaka Aerodrome, south of the town centre, is the Omaka Aviation Heritage
Centre, that has a large collection of restored classic aircraft, with a
large emphasis on aircraft of World War One, featuring Sir Peter Jackson’s
own collection of WW1 aircraft and artifacts.
The aerodrome is the setting
for the two-yearly Classic Fighters Marlborough airshow, that is held
biannually since 2001, with the last show held over the weekend of 4-5
The first weekend in February sees the festival "Blues, Brews and BBQ's",
which comprises of Blues and Jazz music, food and a variety of Beer and
wine. It starts at 12pm and ends at 7pm, and its located at the A and P park
near Redwood Town.
From Blenheim travelling up the Wairau Valley, less than 1 hour drive from
Blenheim is the Rainbow Skifield located in the
Nelson Lakes National Park at
Blenheim is served by
regular daily inter-regional and long distance
bus and coach services to and from Picton, Nelson,
Kaikoura and Christchurch.
Air New Zealand link regular daily air services to Blenheim from Wellington
There is no passenger train
services from Blenheim to Nelson.