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Marlborough Wine, Gourmet and Scenic Tour from Blenheim

1. Marlborough Wine, Gourmet and Scenic Tour from Blenheim

Enjoy a gourmet tour of the Marlborough Region of New Zealand's South Island on an itinerary that can be customized to suit your interests. Visit wine cellars offering a variety of unique styles, and experience stunning landscapes that are a treat for the eyes.  Depart Blenheim at 10:00, and embark on a journey through the award-winning wines of the region. Meet the wine makers and exceptional hosts at wineries that stay open all year round for your convenience. Benefit from the services of a local chauffeur/guide with extensive knowledge of the region. Venture through the Wairau Valley, and fall in love with the wines as you experience new varietals. Get spectacular views of the rolling hills and see how they contrast with the vineyards, market gardens and farms. Stop for seasonal produce (December through February) of juicy strawberries, cherries, apricots and nectarines, along with local cheeses, oils, liqueurs, Manuka honey, peanut butter and black garlic. Make a special stop at the Makana Confections Boutique Chocolate Factory for some divine chocolate treats! As wine is the main attraction of the Marlborough Region (it's New Zealand's largest wine producer), you will want to taste the produce. Acclaimed for its Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir wines, the region is also home to wineries that specialize in Pinot Gris, Gewurztraminer, Riesling, Viognier, Gruener Veltliner, Arneis and even Malbec wines. Relax in a picturesque winery garden café or at a chateau on the hill with magnificent views of the valley and vineyards. Enjoy a cheese, meat and seafood platter or tapas. Then, as you near the end of the day, benefit from beautiful views that create a perfect ambiance for a dinner with your favorite wine of the day. Get the chance to include a trip to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Center to see Peter Jackson's amazing displays of classic World War I and World War II aircraft and the most life-like scenic backdrops of the era. Your guide can drop you off at the center and continue with the rest of the group to return within 1-5 hours if you prefer. This would be the minimum time to really take advantage of the exhibition, and a café and memorabilia store are available for your comfort and convenience.

Blenheim: Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre Admission Ticket

2. Blenheim: Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre Admission Ticket

Discover two world-class aviation exhibitions at the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. Explore the original "Knights of the Sky" exhibition, featuring Sir Peter Jackson's collection of WWI aircraft and artifacts. Learn about the story of aviation during the Great War, which is brought to life in sensational sets created by an internationally acclaimed production company and a special effects company. Make your way to the "Dangerous Skies" exhibition which features aviaton stories from World War II. Learn of tales of valor and tragedy from the British Isles, the forests of Germany, the defence of Russia, and the steaming hot jungles of South East Asia. Admire the two star attractions of the exhibition, the world's only flyable Mk1 Avro Anson, and a Griffon powered Mk.XIVe Spitfire.

Blenheim: Progressive Wine & Gourmet Trail of Marlborough

3. Blenheim: Progressive Wine & Gourmet Trail of Marlborough

Marlborough's wine and gourmet experience is something you should not miss. Plus, you will have complimentary wine for couples and single travelers (One glass per person). Enjoy an all-inclusive tour with your own chauffeur/ guide. This is a small group tour for only up to six persons. Single travelers are welcome. As noted in this tour it say 'Full Meal' - this is spaced out through the day into 5 wine tastings and with a close food match, a special treat gives you sweet dessert wine/late harvest and a special ice-cream treat. If you do not drink wine, a substitute of your choice is welcome. Your Progressive Wine and Gourmet Trail has been designed for you to get the best Marlborough has to offer, departing from Blenheim or Picton. Marlborough provides a superb selection of winery restaurants and cafes that can offer the most amazing experiences and what better way to enjoy and taste your wine. A menu will be created for you to enjoy with the best Marlborough wine match. it is recommended that you book in advance so your chauffeur/ guide can plan the best selection for you and ensure catering is observed for any special requirements. Your perfect day will include up to five course selections for your gourmet and wine trail. Spend a little more time to relax over your main course and for your end of day stop, relax with a wine and tapas and a view of a beautiful Wairau Valley sunset.

From Picton: Private Wine and Gourmet Tour of Marlborough

4. From Picton: Private Wine and Gourmet Tour of Marlborough

Create your perfect day in the Marlborough wine region on a 6-hour tour priced for a group of up to 6 people. Your chauffeur/guide will help you pick the best spots to enjoy the fantastic wines of Marlborough and peaceful vineyard settings. You’ll be taken on an exciting wine and gourmet experience on this private day tour from Picton. Enjoy stunning views of the Marlborough wine region and taste fine wines and delicious gourmet treats. Your interests are the priority for the day and might include visits to award-winning gardens, local producers, and talented local artisans. Your tour is tailored especially for you. If you’re interested in history, you could enjoy a stop at the Heritage Air Museum to see Peter Jackson's amazing classic aircraft displays. If you’re interested in arts and crafts, you can stop meet a local artist and visit a renowned gallery. Additional highlights could include a local brewery, a private home gourmet kitchen, or a scenic drive around the bays of Marlborough Sounds. Sit back and relax with wide views from the windows as you meander through the Wairau Plains, the expansive vineyards, the rolling hills of the valley, and the local horticultural and farming spots, with the Pacific Ocean nearby. As Marlborough is the heart of the New Zealand wine region, wine tasting is usually at the top of the list. The many wineries and cellar door hosts offer a truly personal experience to showcase award-winning wines all year round. Treats of Marlborough's gourmet and local produce can be slipped in to suit. Tastings can include local cheeses as well, along with the Manuka honey, peanut butters with a difference, black garlic, smoked mushrooms and lots more. During the season, from November through to February, local produce can be found at roadside stalls. You’ll find asparagus, juicy cherries, strawberries, raspberries, apricots, nectarines and more. Lunch venues run from a beautiful winery garden restaurant to a chateau on a hill with amazing views. Wine tasting is available or you could enjoy a glass or bottle of wine suited to your menu choices. Cheese platters are also offered at some of the cellar doors to accompany your wine tasting. A major highlight of all tours is a stop at the Makana Chocolate Boutique, where you’ll be tempted, to say the least. If you are attending a Marlborough event or are visiting on business and prefer the privacy of your own chauffeured tour, your chauffeur/guide will create a custom itinerary to suit your requirements. Private appointments can be arranged for your specific industry.

From Blenheim: Private Customizable Winery and Omaka Tour

5. From Blenheim: Private Customizable Winery and Omaka Tour

Select your own adventure with a customizable private tour from Blenheim. Discuss where you would like to go with your guide. See the vineyards, head to the beach, or visit a winery or brewery. Start with a scenic drive through the township of Blenheim and chat with your local guide about farming and wine. Hear about the progress of the wine industry of Marlborough. Share your custom requests and marvel at views of the Wellington coastline. Admire the lines of vineyards sweeping across the hills of the Wairau Valley. Choose to see Peter Jackson's Heritage Air Museum and displays for WW1 and WW11, walk the beachcomber beach of Rarangi, or head to the viewpoint overlooking the Wither Hills' winery. Decide to have a delicious lunch at a winery restaurant, taste a flight of fine wines, or stop at a local brewery or coffee shop. Have the freedom to make your own adventure without worrying about the time. Return to your accommodation at the end.

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What people are saying about Blenheim

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Pamela was welcoming and very professional. She certainly is passionate about Blenheim and the region, and during our tour we met many people who also are enthusiastic about what they do. A great trip, with good commentary, although sometimes Pamela was a little hard to hear. Perhaps a wee microphone would be of use whilst chatting and driving

Pamela did a great job! She drove us around the countryside pointing out the different terroir and grapes. We visited 4 wineries and had a delicious lunch! I would highly recommend this tour to anyone wanting to visit the Marlboro wineries!

We had a fabulous day with Pamela -six wine tastings with five food tastings - no need for any dinner! We had great fun and learnt a huge amount about the local vineyards and wines.

Fantastic exhibition! Highly recommend. Attention to detail is astounding!

Amazing experience spent 4 hours looking through both displays.