The top of the South Island is so fascinating. New Zealand is so appealing to travellers because you can have different experiences in totally different landscapes within a two-hour driver of each other. The last eight days have been all about the wildlife in Kaikoura. Seriously, we’ve been swimming with seals, swimming with dolphins, whale watching from a boat AND by plane. We also got closer than ever to the world’s largest seabirds. As we leave the Dusky Lodge in Kaikoura today, we know we are leaving the overwhelming wildlife experiences behind and stepping into a whole new region something completely different on offer: wine!
Wandering into wine country
As the road wedges between fields and fields of perfectly spaced vineyard rows, we know we have hit the wine country of Blenheim. Blenheim is the main hub of the Marlborough region, surrounded by vineyards using every piece of flat land available until they reach rolling golden hills. (These hills would be green in any other season, but with the dry hot summers that give Marlborough the fabulous wine, it also adds a wash of gold to the landscape).
With a ton of foodie-orientated activities to come in New Zealand’s wine capital, we figure we’ll start our time in Blenheim doing a classic – something that should be done during every stay in a town to get an awesome perspective of the place: go on a hike!
Wither Hills Farm park
When we arrive in Blenheim, we drive straight to the Rifle Range Place entrance to the Wither Hills Farm Park. The council-run recreational area is pretty luxurious for an entrance to a walking and mountain bike park! Car parking rows are separated by quaint planted trees, there are garden areas surrounding sheltered seating, and Robin really digs toilets “with a bar of soap!” too.