Blenheim is not yet a city, only a large town of 32000 people.
There is good shopping in the town and in the outskirts at Springlands, and Redwoodtown and Renwick.
The town is situated along the Opawa River with a lovely walkway along the banks. There is a Mirco climate here because the valley is surrounded by attractive hills, golden hills on one side and blue hills on the other, caused by atmospheric conditions, which seem to protect us from the worst weather, and we do hold the record for the most sunshine hours in New Zealand. However, in the winter we do experiance frosts in the mornings, but by 10am it is fine and warn and sunny again.
Many cafes and restaurants serve the area and there is plenty of every kind of accommadation including many back packers. The main attraction to Blenheim district is the many wineries situated all around the district, a couple of days wine trailing is very worthwhile, best done in a taxi with a driver who knows the district, or a bus, rather than in a private car, mainly beacuse of all the wine tasting, can quickly go to the head!
Picton is the port for the Inter-island ferry from Wellington and arrives after a delightful 3 hour cruise through the Marlborough
The ferry transports trains, trucks, cars and passengers a…