A Taste of Blenheim

Departing Christchurch aboard the Coastal Pacific, our two-day package will take you to the heart of New Zealand's famous wine region for taste of the world's greatest wines

Explore New Zealand wine in Blenheim on our Taste of Marlborough package tour

Prices from $519*

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1 Night 5-Star
wine tasting tour
Half-Day Wine Tour
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Relax among the vines

Take a relaxing break to New Zealand's premier wine region for a delectable taste of New Zealand's internationally acclaimed wines.

Your vineyard escape begins aboard the Coastal Pacific train from Christchurch, watching the beautiful Pacific coastline rolling by your window. Stepping into sunny Blenheim at the heart of Marlborough, you will soon be enjoying the sumptuous flavours of this world-famous wine region.

After a luxuriant evening in five-star accommodation, you will then relax aboard the Coastal Pacific on a scenic journey back to Christchurch - perhaps putting your wine-tasting palate to the test in our licensed onboard café.

Map of our Blenheim wine tasting tour package


  • Return travel on Coastal Pacific
  • Morning tea and lunch on our Coastal Pacific train
  • 1/2 Day Wine Tasting Tour
  • One Night's Accommodation at Chateau Marlborough
  • Transfers between train, activities and accommodation
  • Afternoon Tea & Dinner on our Coastal Pacific train

exploring New Zealand vineyards on our Taste of Blenheim rail tour
Enjoying lunch in a New Zealand winery
Enjoy a glass of wine from our Coastal Pacific train cafe
Explore New Zealand wine with an afternoon tasting session
Enjoying the views from the Coastal Pacific train open-air carriage

Your Taste of Blenheim Itinerary

Day 1 Morning: Coastal Pacific train

Day 1 Morning: Coastal Pacific train

Your relaxing escape to the vineyards of Blenheim begins aboard our Coastal Pacific train. While you weave through lonely rural communities and remote farmsteads of North Canterbury, we'll serve you our Coastal Pacific Morning Tea

Soon you'll meet the Pacific Ocean in all its glory. Clinging to cliffs, sweeping around secret beaches, ducking through tunnels as the mountains descend into the sea, then cruising along never-ending golden coastline as the Coastal Pacifict enters Marlborough.

Saving the best until last, a majestic view opens up just before descending into Blenheim. With Cook Strait stretching away beneath you, the pleasing hills of the Marlborough Sounds and the distant North Island line the horizon.  

Upon arrival in Blenheim, you'll meet with your tour guide and get straight to tasting the flavours of Marlborough's world-famous wines.


Morning coffee on the Coastal Pacific
Enjoying the sea breeze from the Coastal Pacific train's Open-air Viewing Carriage
Coastal Pacific descending into Blenheim from Dashwood Pass


Day 1 Afternoon: Marlborough Wine Tour

Day 1 Afternoon: Marlborough Wine Tour

Starting at the heart of New Zealand's premium wine region, your day of exploration continues with a journey into the finest flavours of Marlborough. 

Surrounded by world-famous vineyards and stylish boutique wineries, Blenheim is spoilt for choice when it comes to wine. Although renowned for fruity Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir, the alluvial valleys of Awatere and Wairau are also home to incredible Riesling, Pinot Gris, and Gewürztraminer. On the experimental side, you'll also find superb Grüner Veltliner, Viognier, Arneis, and Tempranillo. And if you are looking to celebrate, then Marlborough's méthode traditionelle is a recognised challenger to the traditional Champagne market.

Your tour guide will provide recommendations and help build your route. Each venue will share its best wines, along with their stories, and answer any winemaking questions you might have. 

Warning: as you sip your way through Marlborough's finest wines, you might fall in love with a stranger that you'll want to take home. Most venues will help you with this by offering wine sales including delivery.


Drinking in the scenic vineyard views on in Marlborough
Relaxing with wine on a Marlborough wine tasting session
Getting a taste of the good life on a Marlborough wine tour


Day 2 Morning: Investigate Marlborough

Day 2 Morning: Investigate Marlborough

Spend your morning investigating Blenheim and Marlborough. With cafés and shopping on hand, you don't need to venture far. However, there are also plenty of attractions in the area that you can explore.

Particularly noteworthy is the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, where Peter Jackson's 'Great War' collection joins together with a wonderful collection of WWI & WWII aeroplanes in dramatic Jackson style, with a little help from Weta Workshops. Or, if you want to freshen the senses with a nature walk, then Pollard Park is the perfect remedy. 

You will also have time for another wine tasting and lunch before the afternoon Coastal Pacific Christchurch train arrives. And nowhere is more convenient than the 'Wine Station', which offers you one last chance to enjoy the local flavours while waiting for the train. 


Taking a relaxing stroll through picturesque Pollard Park
Enjoying a local Marlborough wine tasting session
A plane falls from the sky in the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre


Day 2 Afternoon: Coastal Pacific return journey

Day 2 Afternoon: Coastal Pacific return journey

Board our Coastal Pacific train in the early afternoon for a relaxing voyage back through the vineyards of Marlborough to Christchurch. After two days exploring the best New Zealand wines, all you need to do now is sit back and enjoy your Coastal Pacific Afternoon Tea and Dinner while stunning views of the Pacific coast and Canterbury countryside glide by.

And with our onboard licensed cafe serving a great selection of local wines, you can also raise a glass and toast the occasion by saying "Cheers" to an amazing couple of days.


Voayging through Marlborough vineyards on the Coastal Pacific train
Enjoying local Marlborough wine aboard the Coastal Pacific train
Coastal Pacific crossing Waiau River bridge at sundown


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Your Blenheim accommodation

After an exceptional day, you deserve an exceptional stay. With your Taste of Blenheim package, you can choose the finest accommodation on offer.

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Taste of Blenheim Package Pricing
1 May 2021 - 30 Sept 2021
Single from $645*
Double/Share from $519*
1 Oct 2021 - 14 Dec 2021
Single from $685*
Double/Share from $540*
15 Dec 2021 - 15 Apr 2021
Single from $TBC*
Double/Share from $TBC*

*Starting prices include return train fare, 1 night in Blenheim, 1/2 day wine tour. All Packages are subject to availability at the time of enquiry until a firm booking is made. Additional accommodation and activities are available on request.

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