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.
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.
Hans Herzog Vineyard: Yes to Wine, Pass on Food
What’s better than wine and Indian food? Going twice.
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.
Instead of pedaling from vineyard to vineyard, head here where all the wines are a credit card swipe away.
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.
The hotel is centrally located, has great service, and has nice rooms.
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.
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.