We were traveling around NZ and wanted to spend a few days in one of their many wine regions and were not disappointed. Blenheim is about 40 minutes drive from the Picton Ferry and really lovely. The Vintners retreat are lovely appointed condos with all the comforts of home and some thoughtful touches (like fresh flowers, high end toiletries, fresh milk and great coffee!) Internet was the only bit of disappointment, but there was little need for it.
The location is perfect. There are many wineries with free tastings within 5 to 10kms. We were able to rent bikes from Vintners and did our tastings via bikes and picked up our selected wines the next day. If you do rent the bikes I would recommend an afternoon ride as most of the vineyards cellar doors don't open until after 10am.
Thanks to Sue for her welcome and ideas throughout our stay.
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- Luxurious and spacious accommodation at affordable rates, Vintners Retreat offers 14 European-styled, two and three bedroom self-contained villas nestled in the heart of Marlborough, New Zealand’s wine capital. Private and exclusive, Vintners Retreat offers it all to the discerning traveller. And mere minutes away are some of New Zealand's best wineries and fabulous restaurants and cafes. ... more less
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- Vintners Retreat Blenheim, Marlborough, New Zealand