The Insider's Guide to New Zealand - - SOUTH ISLAND -

Nel­mac Gar­den Marl­bor­ough, 3 - 6 No­vem­ber. This wildly pop­u­lar gar­den fes­ti­val is a week­end-long hive of ac­tiv­ity, with tours, gar­den par­ties and the Stihl Shop Gar­den Fête held in Sey­mour Square. gar­den­marl­bor­

For­rest Graperide, 2 April. This 101-kilo­me­tre bike ride be­gins and ends at For­rest Wines in Ren­wick and trav­els through some the best land­scape Blenheim has to of­fer. If the dis­tance seems daunt­ing, there are other op­tions on of­fer. Be sure to stay and see the Grape Crush.

Marl­bor­ough Book Fes­ti­val, late July. Choose from a se­lec­tion of one­hour ses­sions with some of New Zealand’s finest writ­ers and cre­ative minds, set in beau­ti­ful lo­ca­tions. marl­bor­ough­book­

Saint Clair Half Marathon, 14 May. A great run for those who en­joy scenic vine­yards and pic­turesque coun­try­side. Even the health­i­est of events isn’t with­out wine; ex­hausted run­ners re­ceive a bot­tle of Saint Clair wine for their ef­forts. vine­yard­half. com

Marl­bor­ough Wine & Food Fes­ti­val, 13 Fe­bru­ary. The coun­try’s long­est-run­ning wine fes­ti­val couldn’t be held in a bet­ter place. Hosted by Bran­cott Es­tate, more than 50 winer­ies come to­gether at what is now a must-do event on the Blenheim so­cial cal­en­dar. wine-marl­bor­ough-fes­ti­

The Wine & Food Wind Down, 14 Fe­bru­ary. Keep the food and wine party go­ing at Vines Vil­lage. With live en­ter­tain­ment, food stalls and, yes, more wine and beer, this fam­ily day out is the per­fect cure for a sore head. thevi­nesvil­

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