Bella Vista Blenheim
Your friendly and knowledgeable hosts John and Wendy Gray want to help you make the most of your visit to Blenheim. "Our guests often stay longer when they discover the attractions the region has to offer."
* 18 superior motel units.
* Quiet location close to town.
* NZ Qualmark 4 star rating (Excellent - achieves consistent high quality levels).
* NZ Qualmark Enviro Bronze Award.
Attractions and Local Information
Blenheim is situated on the fertile Wairau Plains in the Marlborough district, at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Marlborough's varied attractions include its wine industry, the waterways of the Marlborough Sounds, gourmet foods, adventure activities, museums and heritage centres, relaxing recreational opportunities and so much more.
Blenheim is high on sunshine hours and low on rainfall. Take a stroll in nearby Seymour Square with its well-tended flowerbeds and memorial clock tower. Or wander through the Square in the evening to see the illuminated fountain. Take time for a walk through the lovely gardens in Pollard Park. Enjoy the walks along the banks of the Taylor River or catch the Delta Queen paddle steamer for a journey on the river. The city of 29,000 citizens was claimed piece by piece from the Wairau Plains. Wander the nearby city centre with its quirky lanes and sunny places and sample the cafes and bars on foot. On Sunday visit the Sunday Farmers Market for a cross-section of local produce.
On the outskirts take a drive to the Riverlands Cob Cottage furnished in pioneer style and the Brayshaw Museum Park with its reconstructed colonial village and wine museum. The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is an experience like no other. See the evolution of aircraft during WW1 and view parts of the Red Baron?s plane. Walk or cycle on the many kilometres of dedicated tracks. Take a hike or bike in the Wither Hills Farm Park for stunning panoramic views over the city and plains.
Wairau Valley and Plains
The Wairau River which rises over 100 kms away in the western ranges is the life blood of the prosperous wine industry. Take a wine trail and sample some of the regions famous varieties and enjoy the vineyard restaurants. For a relaxing day arrange for a tour of the wineries. The swift upper reaches are ideal for kayaking while Mt Richmond Forest Park lying north of the river is a popular hiking area. Trout fishing is popular on the river and good catches of brown and rainbow trout can be made quite close to Blenheim.
Blenheim is a gateway to the Marlborough Sounds. It is 25 minutes drive on SH1 to Picton on Queen Charlotte Sound. It is 55 minutes drive on SH6 to Havelock on Pelorous Sound. Both offer day boat trips on the Sounds and access to walking tracks including the famous Queen Charlotte Walk. The scenic Queen Charlotte Drive links Picton and Havelock providing spectacular vistas of the Sounds on the drive through native forest.
Blenheim is the centre of the Marlborough region. To the south are the vineyards of the Awatere Valley and access inland to the iconic Molesworth Farm Station. The vivid colours of the Grassmere salt works are a feature on State Highway 1. The coast near Blenheim has rugged beaches and windswept Cape Campbell with its historic lighthouse. Only 25 minutes from Blenheim is native-bush fringed Whites Bay where the first interisland telegraph cable came ashore. This sheltered sandy safe-swimming beach is one of Blenheim?s surprising secrets.
So Much to See and So Little Time
There is a lot to see and do in Blenheim and Marlborough. We've mentioned lots above but there is more. Browse our Links page and find the ones that appeal to you. We enjoy helping you make the most of your time in the area. Let us know what you're interested in and we'll suggest places to visit. We don't get any commissions on any tours we tell you about. We want you to enjoy your stay with us and want you to go on your way enthusiastic about your experiences in Blenheim and Marlborough. Maybe you'll even come back one day to see more.
Fully Serviced daily.
Cooked and Continental breakfasts a specialty.
All Units Non Smoking
Queen or King beds in all units.
High-speed broadband in all units - wireless or cable.
40MB free internet access per day.
Modern flat-screen LCD TVs in all units.
SKY TV in all units.
Wheelchair Access Units
Guest laundry with washer and dryer.
Outdoor BBQ and courtyard.
Competitive corporate rates.
Airport, rail or bus transfers by arrangement.
Complimentary milk on arrival.
Complimentary morning newspaper on request
Compact Queen Studio
Suitable for 1 - 2 persons, Queen Size Bed, Shower Ensuite, Tea/Coffee & Toast Making Facilities, Microwave. Refrigerator, iron and ironing board. Broadband High Speed Internet.
Queen Studio Access
Suitable 1 or 2 persons. Wheelchair accessible, Queen Size Beds. Walk-in-shower. Tea/coffee/toaster, plus Microwave. Hotplates and Frypan available. Refrigerator, iron & ironing board.Broadband High Speed Internet
Suitable for 1-2 persons. Queen Size Bed. Shower En suite. Kitchenette with Microwave, Hotplates and Frypan. Refrigerator, iron and ironing board. Broadband High Speed Internet
Suitable 1-3 persons. Queen Size Bed plus King Single Bed. Shower En suite. Kitchenette with Microwave, Hotplates and Frypan available. Refrigerator, iron and ironing board. Broadband High Speed Internet.
Suitable 1 or 2 persons. King bed (can spit to 2 singles), kitchenette with microwave, hotplates, frypan available. Refrigerator, iron and ironing board. Shower ensuite. Broadband High Speed Internet
Super King Spa
Suitable for 1 - 2 persons, Super King Bed, Spa Bath & Shower En suite, Kitchenette with Microwave, Hotplates and Frypan available. Refrigerator, iron and ironing board. Broadband High Speed Internet
1 Bedroom Spa Unit
Suitable for 1 - 4 persons, Super King Bed in Lounge/Kitchen area. 2 Single Beds in Separate Bedroom, Private Spa Bath, Shower En suite, Full Kitchenette. Refrigerator, iron and ironing board. Broadband High Speed Internet.
Two Bedroom Unit
Suitable for 1 - 6 persons. One Bedroom Spa Unit interconnecting with Compact Studio providing two bedrooms, two ensuites plus spa bath. Queen bed in one bedroom, Superking bed in the lounge/kitchen area, 2 Single Beds in Separate Bedroom, sleeping up to 6 persons. Private Spa Bath, Shower Ensuite, Full Kitchenette. Refrigerator, iron and ironing board. Broadband High Speed Internet
News / Specials
SPECIAL PRICES FOR SUMMER
We're ideally situated to take advantage of all that Blenheim and Marlborough has to offer.
Quiet location off main roads.
100m from CBD.
100m from supermarket.
300m from Marlborough Convention Centre.
300m from Clubs of Marlborough.
5 minutes walk to most restaurants, bars, cafes.
100m from Seymour Square.