New Zealand’s Most Underrated City

Google “New Zealand Must See” and you’ll get 100+ things to do, all of which look pretty damn awesome.

  • Milford Sound anyone?
  • Queenstown – the “Adventure Capital of the World”
  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves
  • and like a million National Parks that could bring you to tears.

I don’t think there’s a single place in New Zealand that’s short of breathtaking, a track not worth hiking, or an activity that would disappoint.

There is one place, though, that doesn’t get nearly the attention it deserves. 

Meet Blenheim.

A smaller city, better described as a town, located in the Marlborough region in the northeastern part of the South Island. Home to just about 30,000 people.

Why it Should be on the Must-See List

  1. Wine for Days

    • It is the center of New Zealand’s wine industry, and there are about 60 wineries in the surrounding area to visit.
    • Best known for Sauvignon Blanc, but has a little something for all taste buds.
    • NZ has a slight obsession with bean bags, so you can sip your wine al fresco and go back to the 90s in one of these.Blenheim
  2. Vineyard Bike Tours

    • You can do a winery bike tour. That’s right, most of the wineries are within biking distance, so picture this: you biking through the vineyards on a sunny day, wine tasting, enjoying lunch amidst the grapes, and having a jolly ole time.
    • Everybody loves wine tasting, and if you don’t love biking, you can get a chauffeur.
  3. The Views

    • New Zealand is filled with insane views around every corner, and Blenheim is no exception. Vineyards upon vineyards + mountainous backdrops + rivers.BlenheimDCIM100GOPRO
  4. Weather

    • I like to call it the Sevilla of New Zealand. It enjoys New Zealand’s sunniest climate (ENZ).
  5. Downtown Area

    • It truly is a charming little city, filled with parks, streams, bike paths, and more.
    • The downtown area is lined with shops, cafés, and restaurants. Just look at it. You can enjoy a warm flat white outside while you soak up the morning sun.
    • Blenheim New Zealand
  6. Proximity to…

    • If you’re still not convinced, Blenheim is close to Kaikoura where you can whale watch and swim with dolphins, and the Marlborough Sounds, which speak for itself. Both are considered “Must-Sees.”
So, don’t miss it on a trip to NZ, even if it’s just for a day! Who doesn’t want to get boozy in Blenheim?

8 comments on “New Zealand’s Most Underrated City

  1. I’d just like to say that I am very excited to to be the first commenter on the newly launched BTDT

    In the future, when jealous little girls look back upon this blog, wondering how BR blew up into the world’s most well known travel blogger, they will not only see this post, but this comment, from yours truly,
    and think:

    That commenter took initiative.

    But enough about me.

    Back to me:

    I feel like you getting to take a vineyard tour in New Zealand is equivalent to you stepping on my heart and then jumping up and down on it and then stabbing it again with Gandalf’s walking stick.

    But it’s cool.

    Because I’m probably going to quit life and drag SR over to NZ w/ me and we’re all going to live happily ever after.



    PS: This is amazing. Please post every single day. For ever and always.

    • Can I just tell you how much I love you? And you and SR better visit, or expect that I will taunt you with pictures of me at Hobbiton…having the time of my life.

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