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Holiday Expo


Haere mai and welcome,

 What a great day we had on (Sunday 8th September.) We attended the holiday expo in Blenheim at the Convention Centre. We were delighted to meet new and old providers of the variety of things to do in Blenheim, Marlborough and the surrounding districts.

We have been experiencing lovely, settled spring weather, and Blenheim people are forging ahead with ideas for wining, dining and interesting things for visitors to do in the coming season.

  At Henry Maxwell's we thought it might be helpful for those that are planning to visit the region during the summer, for us to explain some of the many diverse activities there are to experience. We have had guests lately who have not realised that there was such an array of options, and who would have liked to squeeze in another day, but you can be sure that we will see them again www.onemoreday.co.nz

We are available for free pickups from airport/train/bus and also to Picton for people coming or going to activities down there.
 

BLENHEIM

 Henry Maxwells is the most  central Bed and breakfast, so a car is not necessary, walk to the shops, restaurants, supermarkets and parks. 

There are a range of Art galleries and an Art trail, we recommend you visit the studio of Ursula Edwards

and view her interesting and unusual ceramics. www.ursula-edwards.co.nz

The public library is close by, and we have a small one at Henry Maxwell's for your enjoyment.

The Stadium hosts a swimming complex with spa and sauna, and gym.

We have Andrei who manages our business in the evenings and in our absence, who is trained in massage therapy and is 'in house' for very reasonable rates.

Beauty therapy and hairdressers are close by, nearly next door. www.sustainhair.co.nz

 Do not worry about your laundry, we have free laundry facilities.

Food is not an issue if you want to eat out and the great variety of restaurants and cafes, or bring something back to eat in the dining room and kitchen facilities. There are restaurants featuring local, Asian and European food.

Local walks include the Taylor river, Wither hills and Pollard Park.

Our Farmers Market is well supported and is open on Sunday morning, all year.

The Omaka Aviation Heritage centre (supported by Peter Jackson, Lord of the rings fame) is an amazing world class display of aircraft in a rural setting near Omaka airport. www.omaka.org.nz


If you would like a first class cultural experience why not join Maori experiences for a Marae (cultural meeting place) tour, Maori wine tour, Maori Marlborough Sounds tour. You will learn so much about this area www.maoriexperiences.com


Marlborough Golf club Fairhall Marlborough@golf.co.nz

VINEYARD REGION

There are currently dozens of vineyards in the Marlborough each showcasing their unique brands, visits can be made by car, bike or hosted tour. Some vineyards have restaurants, cafes and resident artists.

www.winetoursbybike.co.nz

www.marlboroughwinetours.co.nz

www.naclachan.co.nz

www.highlightwinetours.co.nz

www.bubblygrape.co.nz

 
The Vines village, is Marlborough's artisan's hub, a group of shops and restaurants in the wine growing area www.thevinesvillage.co.nz

Boutique Chocolate factory MAKANA, www.makana.co.nz

Marlborough Museum and Brayshaw Park features local history and the history of winemaking in the area www.marlboroughmuseum.org.nz

MARLBOROUGH AND THE OUT-LYING AREAS

 To the west travelling an hour and a half is Nelson, a very attractive small city with beautiful beaches, local art centres and excellent Saturday market.

Lake Rotoiti wonderful scenery and nature walks and the Rainbow ski-field.

 On the east coast, an hour and a half away is Kaikoura and the snow capped mountains, whale, seal and albatross watches. A beautiful scenic drive down there stopping at  the 'Store' restaurant Kekerengu. for a break and a stroll on the beach and stretch the legs.

Heading North from Blenheim, about a 30 minute drive is Picton the gateway to the Sounds. The Cook strait ferry arrives here and there is so much to do.

Queen Charlotte track www.qctic.com these walks can be short or long

Join a cruise and walk and bike with the Beachcomber www.mailboat.co.nz, the mailboat is an exciting day out helping to deliver the mail to many outlying bays and coves in the region, as many have no car access. This is the only water mail delivery in New Zealand.

Or take one of the many bird-watching, feed the fish, or ecological day tours. Great accommodation in the area, and of course we will pick you up in Picton as there is not a regular bus to Blenheim.

 Molesworth tours offer many different options designed to meet your needs and requirements, enjoy a day with the seals, tours through the high country in the Awatere and the spectacular Molesworth Station. See our local mountain Mt Tapuae O Uenuku Pick up and return to Henry Maxwell's are included  www.molesworthtours.co.nz

 For a variety of other adventures contact www.marlboroughtravel.co.nz, for example Green shell mussel and Seafood  cruises

Driftwood Eco-tours www.droftwooecotours.co.nz Nature and history, kayaking

On the track Lodge www.nydiatrack.org offer hiking kayaking and many other activities.




 
We hope that this will help you plan  a more comprehensive itinerary, to get the most out of the region while you are here. Don't forget that we happy to help with any further enquires you may have. 
 
Ka kite Ano, (until we see you again)

Diana and Graham
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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