Blenheim area lies at the heart of New Zealand’s prestigious Marlborough wine-making region. The town of Blenheim, with its lovely gardens and sunny climate, is the perfect base for exploring Blenheim area and sampling some of those world-famous sauvignon blancs. History buffs will enjoy Blenheim’s Riverlands Cob Cottage, furnished in traditional pioneer style, and the Brayshaw Museum Park, with its reconstructed colonial village.

West of Blenheim, the small town of Renwick is the place to plan a gourmet wine and food tour, and there is no shortage of vineyards to visit. Hire a cycle and use pedal power to explore the vineyards - many of the wineries offer lunch and dinner as well as wine tasting. At the small township of Spring Creek at the eastern end of the Wairau Valley, you can visit more wineries or cast a line for trout on the Wairau River.