Blenheim, NZ

The centre of Blenheim (pop. 28,000) is conveniently compact, making it easy to enjoy the town's amenities on foot. Market place in the middle of town features a 100-year old rotunda and wide piazza; a great place to soak up the relaxed ambience all around.

Take time to explore Blenheim's parks as an entrée to the numerous acclaimed private gardens throughout the region, many of which are showcased during the annual Garden Marlborough event. Visit Seymore Square in the middle of town, and nearby Pollard Park/Waterlea Gardens, Golf courses and sweeping bedded gardens. Naturally don't forget the extensive country garden, boutique vineyard and olive grove of The Peppertree, luxury bed and breakfast accommodation in Blenheim.

If art and craft appeals visit the Marlborough and Millennium galleries in central Blenheim and the many regional galleries and fascinating craft studios that stretch from the Awatere region in the south to the Marlborough Sounds in the north. Take home a piece of exquisite polished paua jewellery crafted by local artisans, a sculpted pot or painting from one of Marlborough's talented artists.

Immerse yourself in Marlborough's fascinating history and explore heritage sites that tell the region's past stories. You'll find records of the early European settlers, like the Cob Cottage, a mud-walled and shingle-roofed pioneer house dating from the 1860's and open to the public every day. This little museum is located just next the The Peppertree luxury bed and breakfast. Step back in time in the streets of Beavertown (a replica of early colonial Blenheim) at Brayshaw Museum Park, which includes comprehensive Vintage Car and Farm Machinery exhibits.