shopping, art galleries and attractive parks and gardens, Blenheim is the commercial
centre of the Marlborough region and one of New Zealand's sunniest towns. 10km west
of Blenheim, Renwick is a thriving community with a population of about 1,750.
The picturesque seaport township of Picton is tucked between the northern
reaches of the Richmond Range and the sea at the head of Queen Charlotte Sound. This
historic port is a popular stop for cruise ships and is the transit point for the ferries
that travel between North and South islands. MORE...
Gateway to the Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds, Havelock is a seaside resort
30 minutes' drive from Blenheim and just over one hour from Nelson. Steeped in both
Maori and European history, Havelock's waters were first crossed by Maori waka (canoes).
The Queen Charlotte Drive between Havelock and Picton is one of New Zealand's
most delightful scenic drives. Winding past the Sounds' numerous bays, this bush-fringed
road takes you from Havelock, at the head of Pelorus Sound, to the seaport township
of Picton. MORE...
The Awatere Valley stretches from Weld Pass, about 10km south of Blenheim,
southwards to Kekerengu on the Pacific coast. To the east is a strikingly beautiful
coastline where rollers crash on steep, sandy beaches or jagged rocks. To the west is
a rugged hinterland rising to majestic Mount Tapuaenuku, the highest peak along the
Kaikoura Ranges. MORE...
Located halfway between Christchurch and Picton on the eastern coast
of New Zealand's South Island, the seaside township of Kaikoura is nestled in the shelter
of the Kaikoura Peninsula, below the towering peaks of the Kaikoura Ranges. Kaikoura
has a wide range of quality accommodation options available to visitors to the area,
from backpacker hostels through exclusive lodges and resorts to luxury hotel accommodation.