Picton Blenheim Marlborough Sounds New Zealand
Blenheim is located on the river
plains of the Wairau and Opawa Rivers. The high sunshine hours and
free draining soils produce some of the countries finest Sauvignon
Blanc and Chardonnay wines, excellent Cabernet, Merlot and recently
maturing Pinot Noir. The area west of the town towards Renwick has
a fine collection of wineries that are signposted for a self-guided
wine tasting trail, these include well-known labels such as Cloudy
Bay, Stoneleigh and Villa Maria. One of the largest producers, Montana,
is situated beside State Highway 1 just south of the town.
You can participate in escorted
wine tours for an insight into the wine production and sampling
of regional varieties. Tours are also available that combine wine
tasting with a Greenshell Mussel Cruise on the inner Pelorus
and Kenepuru Sounds for a full day excursion. The town of Blenheim
is the commercial centre of the province and, as such, has all major
town services and dining opportunities.
Picton and The Marlborough Sounds
Picton is an attractive harbour
located at the head of the Queen Charlotte Sound that has the deep
waters needed to provide access for the inter-island ferries. Picton
has most services including banking, post office, restaurants, and
a range of retail outlets. Picton also has marina berths for recreational
yachts and for water taxi services. Multi-day Kayaking and Hiking
Trips taking in the Queen Charlotte Sound and Walkway also
depart from Picton.
Connecting Picton and Havelock by
road (35kms) is the picturesque Queen Charlotte Drive that passes
some attractive sheltered bays including Momorangi Bay (14kms from
Picton) here you will find a beach and grassed areas suitable for
swimming and picnicking, a small shop, jetty, and toilet facilities.
Heading further towards Havelock there is a short section of land-locked
road that passes through Linkwater (23kms west of Picton) where to
the north - a side road leads to Anakiwa (4 kms). From Anakiwa hikers
can walk part, or all of, the Queen Charlotte Track, (three days one
way for the full trip), or as little as half a day return from Anakiwa
to experience a very pleasant section.