The main centre of the Marlborough Sounds, Blenheim is the heart of the country's most famous wine-making region. Blenheim's focal point is the attractive Seymour Square, with its well-tended flowerbeds, memorial clock tower and fountain. Near the square is a relic of the town's early and violent history – Blenkinsopp's cannon, originally from the whaling ship Caroline.

You can make the most of Blenheim's lovely gardens with a stroll through Pollard Park and Waterlea Gardens. Of historic interest are the Riverlands Cob Cottage, furnished in pioneer style, and the Brayshaw Museum Park with its reconstructed colonial village. To the north of Blenheim are the bays and beaches of the Marlborough Sounds, while to the south-west, the Rainbow Skifield has winter skiing. You'll find plenty of opportunities for back-to-nature activities in southern Marlborough, including walking, hiking, fishing, picnicking and horse trekking.