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Paraparaumu & The Kapiti Coast
Blenheim is situated in the northeastern tip of New Zealand’s South Island, on
the flat lands of the Wairau Plains. It is the largest town in the Marlborough
region, New Zealand’s largest grape growing and wine making region.
town is the service centre for the flourishing wine industry. It enjoys one of
New Zealand’s sunniest climates, with hot summers and crisp winters. At
Blenheim’s centre is Seymour Square, a pretty park with fountains and a clock
tower. Its other gardens include the attractive Pollard Park. Brayshaw Historic
Museum Park houses a collection of restored colonial buildings and farming
machinery, set out as a reconstructed colonial village. The park also has a
boating pond and a miniature railway. Nearby Wither Hills Farm Park has a
network of walking and mountain bike tracks and offers views over the Wairau
Plains and Cook Strait.
One of the main attractions in the surrounding
region is its excellent wineries. It is possible to tour many of the wineries
and sample their wines. Many also have restaurants where visitors can enjoy a
fine meal. One of the highlights of Blenheim's calendar is the annual
Marlborough Food and Wine Festival.
In the Awatere valley, to the south
of Blenheim, is Molesworth Station, New Zealand’s largest cattle farm. It is a
popular location for an excursion into the high country. It’s is a scenic area
of mountains and river valleys, and has an historic homestead.
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Nelson is set on the Tasman Bay, on the northern shores of New Zealand’s South
Island. It is an attractive, lively city with an artistic slant in particular
for pottery and ceramics. It is also a busy port, home to New Zealand’s largest
fishing fleet. The shelter provided to the west by the mountains of the
Kahurangi National Park contributes to the city’s excellent climate.
Named after the British Admiral Viscount Horatio
Nelson, the city was planned in London and many of its place names reflect its
English beginnings, such as Trafalgar Square and Shakespeare Walk. The first
settlers arrived in 1842 and after rocky beginnings the city became the capital
of the region. Several historic buildings remain, such as Melrose House,
Fairfield House and the workers’ cottages of South Street.
Nelson’s centre is compact and has an
array of shops, cafes, bars and restaurants, all within easy walking distance.
There are a number of art and craft galleries, such as the excellent Suter Art
Gallery. An annual attraction is the globally acclaimed Wearable Art Awards,
which the city hosts every September. It is a festival of alternative fashion
and attracts entries from around the world. The city’s World of Wearable Art
complex is a permanent museum of previous winners. The city also has several
pleasant parks and gardens including the Botanic Reserve, home to the 'Centre of
New Zealand'. A marked lookout in the reserve is New Zealand’s geographic
centre. The lookout offers excellent views of the city and the surrounding area.
A short drive or bus ride from the centre is the seaside suburb of
Tahunanui. It has a long golden beach, a fun park, zoo and plenty of
accommodation, making this a popular spot for visitors to the city.
surrounding region is a fertile area with an abundance of orchards and a
smattering of wineries and breweries. Within an hour's drive is Marahau, gateway
to the outstanding coastal beauty and golden beaches of the Abel Tasman National
Park. The scenic Nelson Lakes National Park is to the south of the region. Its
picturesque alpine lakes and mountains offer water activities, walking tracks
and huts, and in the winter months, skiing.
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Paraparaumu & The Kapiti Coast
Paraparaumu, is dominated by nearby Kapiti Island. The island is
now a native bird sanctuary, and visitors to the island are welcome, though
restricted. Lindale Farm Park, a short drive north of Paraparaumu, has a farm
walk and a selection of specialty shops. Nearby Waikanae has a long beach and an
excellent wildlife sanctuary. Further north is the Southward Car Museum, home to
a large selection of vintage cars and motorbikes. Otaki, a few kilometres
further north, is the western gateway to the mountainous Tararua Ranges. To the
East of the town is Otaki Gorge, a popular spot for kayaking and rafting. In
the north of the region is Levin, a bustling town with a selection of shops, an
excellent children’s playground, and the nearby long sandy beaches of Waitarere.
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