Top 10 Budget-friendly Things to do in Blenheim, South Island

May 18, 2022 Joeann Galban

Sample the beloved vintages of the Marlborough Wine Region in Blenheim, an agricultural town in the heart of New Zealand’s renowned wine hub. More than 20 wineries are just a hop, skip and a corkscrew away from Blenheim, where a stream of cafes and restaurants serve up tasty, artisan fare. One of the sunniest towns in New Zealand, Blenheim is the perfect destination for foodies and wine lovers who love to soak up the sun while sipping the fruits of a vineyard’s labor.
Restaurants in Blenheim

1. Wine Tours By Bike

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Wine Tours By Bike

A very warm welcome from Steve and Jo. "This is self-guided biking at its best!". Starting from our base in Renwick, where the highest concentration of cellar doors is found, you will have the freedom to set the pace & decide how far you want to bike, who you want to visit, & all without the pressure of having to keep up with others. FREE SHUTTLE SERVICE TO & FROM YOUR ACCOMMODATION (within 15km of our base in Renwick) so you don’t have to risk drinking & driving. Full emergency back-up service in case you have an issue with your bike (eg. puncture or chain falling off), hi-vis helmets & a detailed cellar door map, a briefing at the start to help you get orientated with the area & to tell you about the different cellar doors & what they offer. Up to date menus for lunch ideas & help to book a table. Free collection of any wines bought on the day. Range of step-thru bikes, tandems, trikes & 4 wheeled bikes (roadsters) & kids bikes. Tow-alongs & trailers (FOC) for families.

2. Marlborough Wine Tours

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5.0 based on 606 reviews

Marlborough Wine Tours

We provide tours around the Marlborough wineries. We make every effort to make them to individual needs where possible and include sightseeing and lots of information on the Marlborough region. We cater for all types of Wine Tour including Private Tours. Please enquire by emailing us for more information.

3. Na Clachan Wine Tours

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Na Clachan Wine Tours

Join us on a relaxed, friendly wine tour around some of Marlborough's best wineries. Na Clachan have grown organic grapes for Allan Scott Family Estate blanc de blancs, so we know the industry from the roots up. Discover the history and geography of the wine region, how grapes are grown and transformed into stunning wines and what makes Marlborough wines, particularly sauvignon blanc stand out from the crowd. Small group size. Modern air conditioned vehicle. Great wines. Pick-up and return to local accommodation.

4. Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

79 Aerodrome Road, Blenheim 7272 New Zealand +64 3-579 1305 [email protected] http://www.omaka.org.nz
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5.0 based on 1,533 reviews

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre was established to provide a world-class destination for the appreciation of historic aircraft. Some of New Zealand's most respected cinematic and special effects craftsmen have created a dramatic aviation theatre in which original and full-scale replica WW1 and WW2 aircraft, both static and flyable, are presented in all their glory. The museum is home to two exhibitions, "Knights of the Sky" and "Dangerous Skies". The former is on long-term loan from film director Sir Peter Jackson and comprises one of the world's largest collections of World War One aircraft and rare memorabilia. Thanks to Sir Peter's generosity the aircraft have been brought to life in a series of dioramas created by Wingnut Films and enhanced with lifelike mannequins by Weta Workshop. "Dangerous Skies" utilised local talent and features stories from World War Two and takes visitors on a geographical as well as an historical journey.

Reviewed By Wander46757584245 - Dunedin, New Zealand

Amazing display of aircraft - highest level of detail we've encountered worldwide at an aviation museum. 100% recommend !

5. Hedgerows Hydroponic Strawberries

205 Old Renwick Road Entrance on Rene Street, Blenheim 7272 New Zealand +64 3-578 5268 [email protected] http://www.hedgerows.co.nz
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Hedgerows Hydroponic Strawberries

Hedgerows is a boutique hydroponic farm specializing in providing premium grade hydroponic strawberries for everyone. Our shop and garden is situated in the heart of the our farm. Come sit back, relax and enjoy the fresh strawberries, strawberry preserves and real fruit ice-cream or frozen yogurt. Hedgerows is family owned and operated with a fresh and welcoming atmosphere. Open from September to January.

Reviewed By buckeyetravel - Ohio, United States

They make fruit ice cream in a unique way in NZ. They take fresh fruit and vanilla ice cream and put them into a device that is like an auger that crushes and mixes the berries and ice cream together. Very fresh way to add fruit instead of the typical way to add the fruit when making the ice cream not at the point of sale. I like this method as the fruit is fresh and mixed right in. The berries here are like perfect berries as they are bright red and have undamaged skin unlike fruit that grows in a field and may get moldy or dirty as they berries grow. The fruit tasted very good by itself as well as we bought a container of fruit along with our ice cream. I saw a review that said they were expensive but we bought two ice cream cones and small package of berries for $7 US so we thought that was a great deal! Nice place for a stop on the drive from Picton down the East Coast.

6. Hop n Grape Tours

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Hop n Grape Tours

*** The only tour in Marlborough where a local Winemaker is your tour guide!!! Here is a fun, flexible, and informative wine tour tailored for you. Whether you are thirsty for knowledge… or thirsty for wine, let the experts in the industry open doors to places you can’t go without a winemaker. You get to start your day with a vineyard tour and winery tour. This allows you insight to the winemaking process and teaches you how to be a professional wine taster. This tour will leave you satisfied whether you know everything, something, or nothing about wine. If someone in your group have a preference for beer... don't despair we have this covered! Marlborough is the home of just a handful of breweries, but they just happen to be ultra-premium, hand-crafted, and award winning beers and ciders! You'll have an amazing day out which is relaxed, informative and unforgettable. If this sounds like you... BOOK NOW!!! We collect guest from Picton on the Full day wine Tour around Marlborough.

7. Spy Valley Wines

37 Lake Timara Road West, Blenheim 7276 New Zealand +64 3-572 6088 [email protected] http://www.spyvalleywine.co.nz/
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Spy Valley Wines

Spy Valley is a New Zealand Family owned must-visit winery with a reputation for consistently producing great value, sustainable, award-winning wines. Come and experience complimentary tastings of our wines, see award winning architecture and learn the secrets behind the name, Spy Valley. Family friendly with a large picnic area overlooking the vines. We are the 2013 Winner of the "Best of Wine Tourism" award for Architecture and Landscapes. Summer Hours: Open daily 10.30am - 4.30pm October- April Winter Hours: Mon-Fri 10.30am-4.30pm May - October

Reviewed By morganicchemistry - Wisconsin, United States

I visited Spy Valley with my mom and overall we had a good experience. The tasting includes the more common varieties they produce (sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, gewurztraminer, riesling, chardonnay) so there's little introduction necessary, in my opinion. I found the space to be open and welcoming, and Della was pleasant and helpful as we planned our day.

8. Marlborough Farmers Market

24 Maxwell Road, Blenheim 7201 New Zealand +64 21 910 522 http://www.mfm.co.nz
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4.5 based on 49 reviews

Marlborough Farmers Market

9. Pollard Park

Parker Street, Blenheim New Zealand http://asp-au.secure-zone.net/v2/index.jsp
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Pollard Park

Reviewed By Rainy0 - Auckland Central, New Zealand

We spent an hour or so here on a stunning day having a wander around looking at all the plants. Very well maintained with lots of things to see. Loved the stream running thru.

10. Villa Maria Estate Marlborough Winery

New Renwick Road Fairhall, Blenheim 7201 New Zealand +64 3-520 8472 [email protected] http://www.villamaria.co.nz
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Villa Maria Estate Marlborough Winery

Reviewed By HelenMN - Berkhamsted, United Kingdom

We really enjoyed the free tasting here with a really good range of up to 7 wines; our host Siobhan was very welcoming - she’s very knowledgeable and great fun too making the whole experience relaxed and all the more enjoyable. Would highly recommend a visit!

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