Nelson to Blenheim road trippin’
A short but sweet scenic ride at the head of the South Island will see you coast East from Nelson to the wine-lovers paradise in Blenheim. This may not be the most extensive road trip on offer in Aotearoa but it sure is a beauty. At 120km, you’ll experience a winding network of roads wriggling through Mount Richmond Forest Park heading south through Havelock to the rural town of Blenheim where you can enjoy the many vineyards on offer on a crisp Autumn afternoon. We are located in Nelson and Blenheim so you can take a road trip in either direction with us.
To make a road trip memorable, there have to be a few steps between A and B. So, we’ve put together a top-tier list of stops to set out for on your way out of Nelson. Here are the best picks from Nelson to Blenheim.
Cable Bay Adventure Park
you can try quad biking, paintballing, archery, and much more! All the best adventure sports providers in the area have come together to open this massive adventure park – the largest in the region.
Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve
The Pelorus walking trails are far from perilous. Enjoy multiple tracks through native forest to ancient river terraces formed thousands of years ago. Our favourite walk is the Instagrammable Elvy Waterfalls Track which takes you to not one but two super waterfalls. It takes approximately two hours to complete and crosses a little stream so be ready to get your feet wet.
It’s hard to pick one thing to do in the small historic town of Havelock as you could easily spend a full day here eating Greenshell Mussels and exploring all the nooks and crannies of Havelock. With the Autumn chill here to stay and some outdoorsy stuff above, why not warm your cockles in a disused church that now plays home to the museum featuring machinery from the late 19th century gold rush.
When you finally set anchor in sunny Blenheim after a road trip lasting a few hours or a few days, it’s likely you’ll be desperate for some good food and wine. The good news is Blenheim has no shortage of either. We suggest stopping by one of the many cellar doors and restaurants, such as Brancott Estate, for a drop of wine and a tremendous meal with local ingredients and lots of flair.
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