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No matter the time of year in Marlborough, it is always spectacular but spring is arguably one of the greatest seasons to experience.
Mornings are crisp with sunny blue skies. Mist hangs in the valleys until the warmth of the day lifts it up and out. These cold starts mean gloves and warm coats aren’t yet ready to be discarded for the warmer months but they won’t be necessary all day as while the morning progresses so the mercury rises giving way to hot spring sun by midday.
After a relaxing breakfast at one of the many motels dotted around Blenheim (there are so many from which to choose), it’s the perfect opportunity to take a scenic bike ride through the valley soaking up the surroundings and fresh air. Pick up a push bike from one of the local renters. Vineyards line each side of Middle Renwick Road and there is still a dusting of snow on the mountain tops which shines brightly in the glorious morning sunshine at this time of year.
Nature is extremely busy. The birds are looking for nesting sites and the vines are ready to burst into life. Blossom has started to appear and the daffodils are in full swing. After a morning ride, a great way to observe all the action is by resting your legs and stopping for a coffee on the Highfield terrace (27 Brookby Road, Blenheim, 7272 - www.highfield.co.nz), or taking the opportunity to taste the range of beautiful wines available.
The reward for wandering up the Highfield tower is fabulous views over the valley. On a clear day it is possible to see all the way over to The North Island. If you want to draw out your visit a little longer, the Petanque course is great fun for all the family and the enthusiastic cellar door host will run you up a platter to keep you going if you’re peckish.
There are plenty of other beautiful wineries to stop off at on the way home. Or you can visit the Moa brewery located on Jackson's Road (www.moabeer.com) for a refreshing craft beer and receive a one to one tasting, taking you on journey through the different styles.
For those with a sweet tooth, there is even the Makana Chocolate Factory on the corner of Rapaura & O’Dwyers Rds (www.makana.co.nz) which is worth a visit. You can watch each individual chocolate being hand made through the viewing window but the best part is you can try a complimentary sample. Yum!
Once summer arrives you can make the same journey but ensure you apply plenty of high factor sunscreen and drink plenty of water!