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Marlborough: Full-Day Self-Guided Biking Wine Tour

Marlborough: Full-Day Self-Guided Biking Wine Tour

Discover the beauty of Marlborough your way and enjoy a self-guided wine tour. You will be set up with a bike, helmet, and a wine map before being sent on your way with all the insights you need to craft your own unforgettable Marlborough wine adventure. The terrain is flat, the biking is easy, and the scenery is stunning. Spending the day cycling between vineyards is one of the best ways to take in the beauty of Marlborough. The bike rental base is within 3 kilometers of over a dozen wineries. There is off-road parking and an on-site café where you can pick up a picnic lunch or a drink before your adventure begins. Free transport to and from the Vines Village from Blenheim and Renwick accommodation is included with all full day bike hire, meaning you can just relax and enjoy your day. (Pick up from Picton or Havelock is not included and must be arranged with a local shuttle company.)

Marlborough: Wineries Visit and Tasting Session

Marlborough: Wineries Visit and Tasting Session

This half-day tour begins with pickup from the meeting points in Blenheim then heads out into the rolling countryside of Marlborough.  Sip is ideal for gaining an introduction to Marlborough’s incredible wine region in a fun and relaxed way. Visit some of the region’s top cellar doors, and sample a selection of the very best wines. While you taste, learn about each of the wines and how they’re made, as well as the people who make them and the history of the wineries. At the end of a beautiful afternoon, enjoy drop-off at around 4-4:30PM.

Marlborough: Full-Day Wine and Seafood Tour with Cruise

Marlborough: Full-Day Wine and Seafood Tour with Cruise

Experience the best of beautiful Marlborough on this full-day tour. Get picked up from Blenheim in the morning and head straight to your first of two wineries. Taste award-winning reserve-grade Marlborough wine, talk with respected winemakers, and explore beautiful Marlborough vineyards at both locations. Afterward, drive to Picton to enjoy a delicious BBQ lunch prior to departure on-board the catamaran, then sit back for a relaxing seafood cruise for the afternoon, accompanied by fresh local seafood and Marlborough sauvignon blanc as you cruise the stunning Marlborough Sounds. Relax and enjoy the natural beauty of the Queen Charlotte Sound while cruising aboard a luxury boat, and learn about the local history. Visit a salmon and a mussel farm to experience the Marlborough marine farming industry first hand. Make use of the onboard licensed bar, serving a range of Marlborough wines, along with beers, juice, and bottled water. A range of light snacks, including chips and peanuts, are available to purchase. Enjoy the boat's indoor and outdoor areas for views of the forested hills and clear blue waters from different perspectives.

Marlborough Full Day Wine Tour

Marlborough Full Day Wine Tour

You will be collected from your Blenheim hotel at 10.00 AM. Relax in the luxury minibus as your guide describes the enigmatic history of Marlborough and its world-famous wines. Each cellar door in the Wairau Valley is unique, reflecting the rare conditions which make their wines special. The bright Sauvignon Blancs, delectable Pinot Noir and tropical Aromatics have won multiple international wine awards. Not even the French can match the quality of the Sauvignon Blanc. Your tour through the vineyards will visit a variety of famous internationally branded cellar doors to the boutique family-run winery, to illustrate the diversity of wines available.  Join your guide on a stroll through a vineyard to learn about the unique conditions which produce such stunning wines and the challenges that our winemakers must overcome to consistently produce award-winning aromas and textures. Smell the wine in the barrel rooms as it matures in the oak casks. There is a stop for lunch (at own cost) at a stunning vineyard restaurant where you can savor Marlborough delicacies, from simple cheese platters to Royal salmon and Mussels or other regional specialties. Whilst your food is being prepared, you can move through to the tasting room to meet the cellar hosts as they discuss their range of wines on offer. Continue to enjoy the wines at other cellar doors after lunch. Our last stop is at the local Chocolate Factory to taste exquisite hand-made gourmet chocolates and watch the staff demonstrate their mastery of the chocolatier's skills. Your tour will end with your safe delivery back to your hotel in Blenheim or ship in Picton.

Marlborough: Half Guided and Half Self-Guided Bike Wine Tour

Marlborough: Half Guided and Half Self-Guided Bike Wine Tour

Enjoy a morning guided tour and an afternoon self-guided tour as you bike among Marlborough's vines. Get the best of both worlds as you soak up the knowledge of your expert guide in the morning and do your own exploring in the afternoon. During the morning guided tour, you'll visit at least three wineries and take in the incredible views of the Richmond Range, Wither Hills, Wairau River. Wind along bike paths, quiet country roads, and through the vineyards while learning about Marlborough's wine-making history. Enjoy a small and personal tour with a maximum of eight people. Your guide will answer your questions and ensure you have the best possible experience. In the afternoon, take control of the adventure, armed with your winery map and expert advice from your guide on lunch spots, wineries, and routes. Taste some exceptional Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir and a range of aromatics. Return to the Vines Village at 4:30 PM for return transport to your hotel.

Marlborough: Hop On Hop Off Wine, Brewery, and Wonders Tour

Marlborough: Hop On Hop Off Wine, Brewery, and Wonders Tour

Enjoy the flexibility of exploring Marlborough at your own pace without the stress of wondering where to go. Spend more time exploring with the conveniently organized transportation of this hop-on hop-off tour.  Sit back and relax on a comfortable coach as your knowledgeable driver prepares you with all the information needed for a fantastic day out.  Visit popular attractions and local gems in Marlborough, including museums, breweries, restaurants, activity centers, shopping areas, and of course, some of the best breweries and wineries in the region.  Jump on and off as you please, visiting as many destinations as you like and choosing your duration of stay at each spot.

Marlborough Half-Day Wine Tour from Blenheim

Marlborough Half-Day Wine Tour from Blenheim

Discover the flavors of Marlborough on a half-day small-group tour. Be picked up from your Blenheim accommodation and travel through the scenic beauty of the Marlborough vineyards. Collection from Picton is available at a small surcharge per group. Relax in a luxury minibus as your guide shares insight into the region’s history and world famous wines. You will visit five cellar doors on this tour from famous internationally branded cellar doors to boutique family-run wineries. Requests for particular wineries will be accommodated where possible.  Stroll through a vineyard with your guide. Learn about the region’s unique conditions and the challenges wine makers must overcome. The lunch stop at a cellar door restaurant is at own cost. Sample hand-made chocolates at the local Chocolate Factory. Your tour will end with your safe delivery back to your hotel around 3 PM. 

From Blenheim/Picton: Marlborough Gourmet Wine Tasting Tour

From Blenheim/Picton: Marlborough Gourmet Wine Tasting Tour

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 Picton at 9:30am and 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, Gruner 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.

Marlborough: Wineries Visit with Tastings and 2-Course Lunch

Marlborough: Wineries Visit with Tastings and 2-Course Lunch

The day begins with pickup from the meeting points in Blenheim, then heads out into the sprawling Marlborough countryside. Soak up picturesque views of the landscape, and admire the many vineyards along the way. Visit a selection of the region’s most iconic and boutique wineries, selected for their impressive history, customer service, and stunning range of wines. Learn how wine is made from the winemakers themselves, and sample their best wines. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch.

Blenheim: Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre Admission Ticket

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.

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What people are saying about Blenheim

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4.8
(21 reviews)

We have done organised tours of wine regions before but we think this is our favourite. Being on bikes allowed us to get some exercise and better take in the beautiful scenery as we pedalled between wineries which you can't always do from the back of a a minibus. It also gave us the freedom of staying as long as we wanted at a particular winery without having to worry about what other people in a tour group or the tour leader wanted to do.

Great options for stopping…town centre, museums, beautiful wineries and a gin distillery. We stopped at Allan Scott Winery for lunch and it was delicious! Overall a great day

Great tour, local guide who was very knowledgeable about wine and the region. Lovely lunch. Mix of boutique wineries and large wineries visited. Great day out

It was great. Our guide was very knowledgeable and able to offer good suggestions about which vineyards we needed to book in advance for and which we didn’t.

our guide was delightful and informative. I was disappointed in some of the wineries visited. The chocolate factory was lovely.