Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand, and there is no question that it is a worthy destination for travellers from around the world. Even those who live in the city for years can always find something new to do thanks to abundant attractions, restaurants, nightlife venues and historical landmarks. However, you might be ready for a change of pace. Whether you have a couple of days or a couple of weeks, the perfect holiday needn’t be an expensive international adventure. Many people will love simply hiring a car from Europcar NZ, taking the ferry to the South Island and then exploring the cultural destination of Blenheim. If you love art, wine, history and breathtaking scenery, then you will love Blenheim and the journey that takes you there.
After you have picked up your hired car, you can begin travelling to Blenheim. From Auckland, you will only have about 30 minutes behind the wheel until you reach the Cook Strait, which is the body of water that divides the South Island from the North Island. At this point, you’ll need to take the Bluebridge Cook Strait Ferry. The journey from the North Island to the South Island will take just about three hours. Once you arrive, however, you can be in Blenheim in less than 25 minutes. The return journey is the same, and you might want to pick up return ferry tickets if you know your exact dates, which can save you money overall.
Discover the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre and Other Historical Destination
Many of the visitors who travel to Blenheim do so in order to explore all of the historical attractions and museums at this destination. The most popular of all is the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, which is primarily a collection of World War I planes. However, this is far from a stuffy museum that some may find boring. Peter Jackson, known to most for his Lord of the Rings films, actually created the displays to have a plot-line and theatrical drama, which makes a visit to the heritage centre something unforgettable for children as well as adults. If you are interested in learning more about the history of Blenheim and Marlborough as a whole, then you will definitely want to stop in on the Marlborough Provincial Museum. This historical museum is home to replicas of the village decades ago as well as artefacts from the region.
Enjoy the Amazing Marlborough Wine Region
One of the things that Blenheim is known for is its location in the heart of the Marlborough wine region. If you are a fan of white wines, then you are in luck. That is because Marlborough wineries make almost exclusively wines like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Riesling. Many of the the wineries and vineyards offer tours, tastings and even restaurants where guests can order elaborate meals that are paired with specialty wines. Don’t expect to visit all of the wineries in the region, but you may want to visit a few of the best like Te Wahre Ra, Yealands Estate, Hans Herzog Estate and Cloudy Bay. If you want to indulge, make sure that you park and choose a wine shuttle to get from tasting to tasting, or pick a designated driver for the day who will abstain from too many sips of the sweet wines grown in the region.
Appreciate the Region’s Art Galleries
If you can appreciate art, then you will love the many galleries and museums devoted to art in Blenheim and the surrounding area. There is no question that the largest and best collection is that of the Millennium Public Art Gallery, which is open daily and offers free admission to all visitors. You will find art in all mediums on display, and the works come from local artists and world-renowned international painters, sculptors and multimedia artists. If you are interested in purchasing art to take home, visit the Marlborough Art Society page and learn about gallery openings and upcoming exhibitions.
To indulge your senses, a trip to Blenheim is the perfect chance to get away. Whether you are passionate about art, history or fabulous wines, there is no question that you will love both the journey and the destination.