Day 1: Arrival in Blenheim. Blenheim, in the heart of the Marlborough district is a busy country town, full of interesting shops and cafes. An hour’s stroll will take you from historic buildings to modern architecture. Nearly Pollard Park is a substantial park with wonderful gardens, a nine-hole golf course, tennis courts and fitness trail. The Hotel d’Urville is a fine and elegant boutique hotel situated within the historic Public Trust Building in the centre of Blenheim. Your bike will be waiting for you at Spokeman Cycles- just opposite your hotel. The d’Urville Wine Bar and Brasserie is a perfect place for an excellent evening meal in a delightful setting.
Day 2: Blenheim / Boutique Lodge. Your destination today is a Boutique accommodation. En route you may cycle to the Wither Hills Walkway and enjoy a brisk walk to the Lookout. From here you get an excellent view over Blenheim and the Wairau Plains, before cycling into Ben Morven Road and Fran McGuire’s pottery studio. Visit Ponder Estate with its art gallery and for wine and olive oil sales, then cycle through the vineyard to Fromm Winery, and a late lunch at the Tuscan style Highfield Estate Winery. Arrive at the Lodge early afternoon ready to relax. Includes: (B), (D).
Day 3: Boutique Lodge / Old Saint Mary’s Convent. Wake to the calls of native songbirds, then enjoy a delicious breakfast and prepare for a day of quality wine tasting. Explore Grove Mill winery with its award winning wines, extensive wine library and gallery, then the Seresin Estate winery, and further onwards to Framington Wine Company is a must see. Then Cellier Le Brun with its unique underground cellars and then the Forrest Estate. For lunch the Gillan Estate Winery has a Mediterranean ambience, where you can sit under old cherry trees and celebrate a feast of the senses. Your accommodation is the charming and character-full Old Saint Mary’s Convent, built in 1901, with just four guest rooms. On your way there it is worth visiting the Quilter’s Barn for wonderful crafts. The Hunter’s winery and restaurant is the ideal venue for your evening’s dinner. Includes: (B).
Day 4: Old Saint Mary’s Convent / The Peppertree. Your return journey to Blenheim will offer at least four other vineyards of note. At the Allan Scott Winery in Jackson Road taste premium award-winning wines in a unique setting. Just opposite is Cairnbrae, and next door the winery that took New Zealand’s Sauvignon Blanc wine from "curiosity to respectability" – Cloudy Bay. Next, visit Selak’s Dryland Estate for ‘state-of-the-art wine production. Gumdigger’s Dog" is a good place for lunch. Your final stop of the day could be Price’s for traditional country preserves. Leave your bikes at the cycle shop or continue to the gracious Edwardian Villa, "The Peppertree." There are many good restaurants to choose locally or let your hosts Heidi & Werner know that you would like to have dinner at their place. Includes: (B).
Day 5: Departure from Blenheim. The tour ends after breakfast. Includes: (B).
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