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Battle of Blenheim

  • General Information

    Other Name: -, District: Blenheim , State: Marlborough, New Zealand
    Area: 0 -
    Languages Spoken: English and Maori
    Long Distance Code: -
    Importance: The Marlborough region is famous for its wine production, although other forms of agriculture are significant and the services sectors is also important.
    Best Time to Visit: December to February and September
    International Access: Connected to all the major cities of New Zealand.
  • Description

    Blenheim is a town in Marlborough, in the north east of the South Island of New Zealand. It has a population of 29,700 (June 2008 estimate).The area which surrounds the town is well known as a centre of New Zealand''s wine industry. It enjoys one of New Zealand’s sunniest climates, with hot, relatively dry summers and crisp winters. The Marlborough region in which Blenheim is situated has a wide range of leisure activities, from swimming with dolphins in the Marlborough Sounds to watching whales in Kaikoura; from walks through the bush and along the rugged coastline, as well as scenic boat cruising, fishing, water-skiing and kayaking. The relaxed lifestyle and the flourishing wine and gourmet food industry in Marlborough are enjoyed by both locals and visitors alike.
  • Location

    Blenheim, situated on the Wairau Plain, is mostly flat with surrounding hills, which do not, however, give it as much protection from prevailing winds as might be expected. Open areas in and around Blenheim are hit quite hard by winds blowing in from Cook Strait. Blenheim sits at the confluence of the Taylor and Opawa Rivers. Blenheim is in a tectonically active zone and experiences several (usually small) earthquakes each year. The boundary between the Pacific plate (on which Blenheim sits) and the Indo-Australian plate passes just north of Blenheim.
  • Climate

    Temperate Climate.
Annies Cafe and Shop is a showcase retail store for all Annies products and a cafe that provides healthy food, great coffee, caters for celiac and diabetics and is family friendly. Annies products are a range of unsweetened, 100% dried fruits with no added sugar and have been handmade in Marlborough for over 20 years. Next to Annies Cafe is The Wine Room, a cellar door for Tohu, Kim Crawford, St Lukes, Summerhouse and Omaka Springs wines. Located on State Highway 1 just north of Blenheim on the way to the Picton Ferry, stop in and enjoy an espresso coffee and something to eat, wine tasting or glass of wine with lunch.
Fresh and innovative, the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is one of Marlborough''s major visitor attractions. You will be transported back to an era of aviation chivalry, when the knights of the sky jousted above the clouds on horses of cloth and wire. You''ll learn about some of the famous aviation aces and marvel at the early aircraft in which they braved the skies. Located just minutes from the centre of Blenheim we are open daily and promise an enthralling experience for all.

Set on 60 acres of vineyard and parkland in the heart of Marlborough''s wine region, Old St Mary''s Convent offers five star boutique bed and breakfast accommodation. Spoil yourself in one of our five luxurious suites, all of which offer all the modern comforts (including A/C, Sky TV, DVD, wireless internet, hand made toiletries, gowns & slippers) not normally associated with Convent life! Relax with a glass of local Marlborough wine in the library, sitting or billiards rooms. Walk or cycle around the gardens or vines, laze beside the outdoor swimming pool or lake. St Michael''s Church is the ideal wedding venue.
Welcome to The Vines Village! - a collection of boutique food, wine and craft stores... just minutes from Blenheim - the heart of the beautiful Marlborough district.

The Vines Village is nestled in the centre of the magnificent wine-growing region that makes Marlborough so special. Situated on a beautiful five acre property, The Vines Village provides a tranquil escape from the hustle and bustle of Blenheim life.

At least 100,000 tourists visit The Vines Village each year. Situated on the main route from Picton to Nelson, Golden Bay and the West Coast, The Vines Village offers tourists everything from wonderful coffee and food, to Prenzel liqueurs, wine tasting, gourmet foods, quilts, crafts and giftware.

Windhawk Helicopters offers the best of Marlborough - By Air!
Prepare to experience beautiful Marlborough from a whole new perspective as you board one of our helicopters and embark on an adventure showcasing some of the most magnificent sights our region has to offer. Windhawk Helicopters offers professional flight services within the Marlborough region, including spectacular scenic flights, guided heli fishing, lakeside/mountain picnics, heli hikes, wedding photography, corporate charter, heli wine trails and transfer services to and from the regions top lodges and remote locations. "If you are visiting New Zealand and dont fly with Windhawk Helicopters you have missed an amazing experience -The highlight of our trip" Peter Woods. NSW