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How to Spend 1 Day in Blenheim

How to Spend 1 Day in Blenheim

Lush vineyards with award-winning wines put Blenheim on the travel map, and it’s a great home base for visiting producers in the Marlborough Wine Region. Whether you’re riding a bike between the vines or tasting your way across the countryside, there are a wide range of ways to experience the area. Use these tips to plan your 1-day trip. 

 

Morning: Discover the Marlborough Wine Region

Taste your way through the Wairau Valley and other Marlborough favorites on a half-day tour that explores the region’s most distinctive wines. Tour options range from wine-only trips with tastings at multiple vineyards to gourmet excursions that include some of the cheeses, farm-fresh produce, and other treats made here, so choose an itinerary that’s tailored to your group. If you plan to purchase bottles of wine, take advantage of tours with included transport that can whisk your finds from place to place as you enjoy a morning of tastings.

Afternoon: Visit the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Historic and replica aircraft from the First World War and Second World War are on display at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre in Blenheim, which is home to director Peter Jackson’s personal collection. Vivid dioramas put those planes in the heart of the action, reenacting some of those wars’ most famous events. Securing tickets online is a time-saving strategy that lets you take care of planning in advance; you’ll have the option to buy tickets for just the WWI section, just the WWII section, or select a combined pass to both sections of the museum. 

 

Night: Take an Evening Bike Ride

Blenheim’s mostly flat terrain makes this a leisurely place for a laid-back bike ride. Rent a bike and get tips on quiet roads and car-free bike paths in the area, with the option to stop and visit more vineyards. Some bike rentals even include the maps and area information you need for a self-guided tour, so you can plot out the perfect route before the sun sets. If you’re rather ride alongside a guide, opt for a guided bike tour that takes care of all the planning.

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Full-Day Marlborough Wine Tour Including Wine Tasting

Full-Day Marlborough Wine Tour Including Wine Tasting

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Take in the sights of Marlborough's wine country scenery and taste some of the region's best offerings on this full-day tour from Blenheim. Make several stops at different wineries and taste Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Riesling and Pinot Noir as well as some lesser known varieties from the area. Round-trip transportation from hotels in Picton, Blenheim, or Havelock included.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Self-Guided Biking Wine Tour (full day) in the Marlborough Region.

Self-Guided Biking Wine Tour (full day) in the Marlborough Region.

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Skip the minivans, the strangers, and the set list of cellar doors on this self-guided tour around the Marlborough wine region. Spend the day cycling around the vineyards and countryside outside Blenheim with your group, dropping in at the wineries and restaurants that you want to visit. If you’re having trouble building an itinerary of your own, get customized recommendations based on your tastes and interests.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
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Skip the Line:WWI & WWII Combo Exhibitions at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Skip the Line:WWI & WWII Combo Exhibitions at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

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Save time and skip the lines with this combo ticket to Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre’s cutting-edge ‘Knights of the Sky’ and ‘Dangerous Skies’ exhibits. Learn about New Zealand’s wartime pilots and see their stories brought to life in sets created by the award-winning WingNut Films and Weta Workshop. Enthusiasts should make a beeline to the Centre’s aviation relics: immaculately-preserved bomber planes and fighter jets from both World Wars.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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Blenheim Half day Wine Tour

Blenheim Half day Wine Tour

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The Marlborough wine region is a giant in New Zealand winemaking. Sample some of the region’s iconic Sauvignon Blancs and a number of other wine varieties on this full-day tour around some of the region’s cellar doors. Learn some of the secrets of winemaking in Marlborough from the vintners themselves and go behind the scenes at some of these wineries to witness the science of winemaking.
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  • 5 hours
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Half-Day Marlborough Gourmet Tasting Tour from Blenheim

Half-Day Marlborough Gourmet Tasting Tour from Blenheim

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Discover the gourmet delights of the Marlborough wine region on a half-day tasting tour from Blenheim. Stop at local wineries, artisan shops, and markets; sample regional cheeses, wines, and chocolates; and soak up the scenery on a scenic drive through Wairau Valley.
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  • 4 hours
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Skip the Line: Dangerous Skies WWII Exhibition - Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Skip the Line: Dangerous Skies WWII Exhibition - Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

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Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre’s Dangerous Skies exhibition tells the incredible stories of World War II’s unsung aviation heroes. See impeccably-restored bombers and fighter planes from the era and immerse yourself in the museum’s Battle of Stalingrad Experience, a multimedia extravaganza that throws you right in the middle of the infamous siege. Skip the lines and book a special guided tour of the exhibit to learn more about these stories.
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  • 45 minutes to 7 hours
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