Blenheim is the ‘capitol’ of the Marlborough region which is the wine basket place for the sauvignon and other great white varieties all of this growth and discovery has occurred in just these last thirty years. Mostly the last 20 years.
Blenheim is then a very young city with most of the growth mirroring the wine growth. Blenheim and Marlborough wines are exported worldwide and the quality is first class with numerous international awards. Much of the wine industry has come to be dominated by large firms, owned by major New Zealand companies or offshore investors.
Being a young town also translates into a place with significant community energy. You really feel that Blenheim is a place that will make things happen. The Omaka Air Heritage Museum is a case in point; the waterfront another and the conversion of the rail station into the information centre.
It enjoys one of New Zealand's sunniest climates, with warm, relatively dry summers and crisp winters.
To delight in the wineries and enjoy the city allow three days.