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What can you do in Blenheim over the weekend?
Go wine tasting
Blenheim is located in the Marlborough region and is just a stone’s throw away from some of New Zealand’s best vineyards. Wine tasting is at the top of the to-do list for many travellers who book flights from Wellington to Blenheim. The region is home to more than 120 vineyards and more than 30 cellar doors, and Marlborough vineyards produce a variety of different wines, including the iconic sauvignon blanc. You could do a self-guided tour of the vineyards by hiring a car or bike. Another option is to book a spot on a guided wine tour while holidaying on Wellington to Blenheim flights.
Visit Marlborough Museum
The Marlborough Museum tells the region’s story through unique collections and historic artefacts. Learn about early Polynesian settlers, walk through replicas of Victorian-era rooms, view pop culture items from the first half of the 20th century, and get to know the native plants and animals of the region. Another major exhibit, and possibly the most popular one to see while holidaying on flights Wellington to Blenheim, is the Wine Exhibition. It shares the history of Marlborough wine production and the region’s journey to becoming one of the most well-known wine regions in the world.
Wander around Wither Hills Farm Park
Wither Hills Farm Park is one of the best places for a nature break while visiting Marlborough on cheap flights from Wellington to Blenheim NZ. It’s a working farm that has a series of public walking and cycling tracks. There are several lookout points around Wither Hills Farm Park, showing off gorgeous views of the surrounding Marlborough vineyards, Cloudy Bay, and the Wairau Valley.
What are the best cafes and restaurants in Blenheim?
Arbour serves innovative dishes that really showcase the flavours of the Marlborough region. Diners work through plates from one of Arbour’s two different tasting menus – a five- or eight-course experience. The dishes change regularly, but past plates have included roasted beef with mustard beignets, cured hapuka, and slow-cooked lamb shoulder. Arbour can also accommodate diners with allergies or dietary preferences, and an optional Marlborough wine pairing is available with each tasting menu.
Herb + Olive
Herb + Olive is one of the top spots to go for brunch and coffees while holidaying on Wellington to Blenheim flights. The menu includes a mix of healthy and hearty dishes. Some favourites include acai bowls with granola, smashed avocado and feta on sourdough, and eggs benedict with bacon. Herb + Olive also serves an excellent selection of barista-made coffee, plus pastries and grab-and-go sandwiches and salads.
Harvest is located just north of town, tucked between vineyards. Diners can choose to sit in one of the indoor dining rooms or take in gorgeous views by sitting out on the garden deck. The menus change seasonally and many of the dishes are cooked on a Mibrasa Charcoal grill – a technique popular among Michelin-starred restaurants around the world. Examples of dishes you may find at Harvest include ocean-speared butterfish with Israeli couscous, grilled freedom pork rib-eye with romesco sauce and polenta steak, and yellowfin tuna tartare. A glass of local Marlborough wine makes the perfect accompaniment to your meal..
When is the best time to visit Blenheim?
The Marlborough region has mild weather year-round, so there are no bad times to book tickets to Blenheim from Wellington.
Summer is the most popular time to fly into Blenheim Airport (BHE) , as temperatures range from about 15° to 20°C. You can comfortably spend time outdoors and also enjoy water activities and boat rides on Marlborough Sounds. The famous Marlborough Wine & Food Festival takes place at the end of summer. Book your Wellington to Blenheim return flights and your hotel room early if you’ll be travelling during this busy period.
You can avoid the large crowds and high prices of the summer high season by travelling in autumn or spring instead. You’ll still experience beautiful weather with high temperatures between 14° to 18°C. You’ll also see the vineyards and hills of the Marlborough region at their most colourful by booking cheap flights to Blenheim from Wellington during these seasons – golden foliage in autumn and bright flowers in spring.
You’ll find the lowest hotel rates by booking cheap flights from Wellington to Blenheim NZ during the winter low season. Temperatures are crisp, reaching about 8° to 12°C most days, but with plenty of sunshine too. Snowfall is rare in town, but you’ll see snow-capped mountains around Blenheim. And you can still vineyard-hop while holidaying on cheap flights Wellington to Blenheim in the winter.
What is the flight time from Wellington to Blenheim?
Direct flights from Wellington to Blenheim take about 30 minutes.
How far is it from Wellington to Blenheim?
Wellington and Blenheim are about 70 kilometres apart from each other, separated by the Cook Strait.
What airlines fly from Wellington to Blenheim?
Air New Zealand has direct flights Wellington to Blenheim available to book through Webjet.