Guns & Butter: Blenheim, New Zealand Travel Guide

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Blenheim New Zealand Travel Guide is part of the TPOL Down Under Trip Report.


TPOL’s Guns & Butter Travel Guide is the best way to see as much as you can in as little time as possible. Here’s how it works – A trip is composed of two factors: Labor And Lazy. The opportunity cost (what is given up) for relaxing and being Lazy is gained by being adventurous in the form of Labor and vice versa. The guide includes inefficient activities i.e., tourist traps that should be avoided and aspirational activities that are worth doing but may be impossible to see given the constraints of time and resources.


I went to Blenheim for the sauvignon blanc. I ended up doing and consuming much more than that. Here’s what not to do, do, and maybe do again if you’re in Blenheim, New Zealand.

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Golf: Golf Blenheim New Zealand: So I Picked the Wrong Course

A fool once said, “A bad day at golf is better than a good day at the office.” I’d rather make money than stink it up on the golf course. In Blenheim, I would rather have gone for more wine tasting than play at a muni course.

If you’re looking for the Pebble Beach beautiful golf experience with views of the Sounds, this is not the course for you. If you’re moving to Blenheim and want to join an affordable course, for 400NZD annually, this can be your home.

Hans Herzog Vineyard: Yes to Wine, Pass on Food

$220, of which $95 was wine, is too much to spend for an average dinner. Go to Hans for wine. Don’t go for food.

 

Eat

Raizada: The Best Indian Food Comes from This Small Town

This is the best Indian food I have had since my time in Goa.

What’s better than wine and Indian food? Going twice.

Drink 

This is why I came to Blenheim.

Stop 1: Chateau Marlborough: The Best Hotel in Blenheim

Even if you don’t stay here, pop in for happy hour. Sitting by the pool on a sunny afternoon is a great experience.

Stop 2: Wine Station Blenheim New Zealand: Wine Tasting the Right Way

Instead of pedaling from vineyard to vineyard, head here where all the wines are a credit card swipe away.

Mind your budget at the Wine Station

Stop 3 till You Drop: Wine Tours by Bike NZ: A Must for Wine Enthusiasts

With the help of grapes, you too can conquer your fear of riding a bike while trying fantastic wines.

Stay

Chateau Marlborough: The Best Hotel in Blenheim

The hotel is centrally located, has great service, and has nice rooms.

Do Again

Wine Tour: There are more vineyards than days in a year. I would recommend going on a bike tour the second day you arrive, go to the Wine Station on day 3, then go for another bike wine tour.  Staying 4 nights in Blenheim is a good idea.

Overall

Blenheim isn’t the easiest place to get to (see Air New Zealand Wellington to Blenheim: Prop Plane Comfort Plus), but it is very easy to leave (see Blenheim, NZ Airport Review: What Flying Private Must Be Like). In between, have some wine, have some fun.

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