WHERE THE LO­CALS EAT

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• FINE DIN­ING Ar­bour in Blen­heim dishes up el­e­gant food with a view over Ren­wick wine coun­try. Its con­tem­po­rary menu is driven by sea­son­al­ity and Marl­bor­ough pro­duce.

• TOP CAFE Blen­heim’s The Vines Vil­lage Cafe, helmed by chef Fran­cis Nolan, is fa­mous for its brunch­ing and lunch­ing us­ing the re­gion’s best pro­duce. Pop­corn clams are a high­light.

• CULT CLAS­SIC The Burleigh in Blen­heim has the “best pies in the world”, ac­cord­ing to Cloudy Bay Clams’ Isaac Piper. Va­ri­eties in­clude beef and blue cheese, jerk chicken and pork belly.

• CHEAP EATS Wither­lea Take­aways’ fish and chips are the go-to for Blen­heim lo­cals crav­ing a top-qual­ity fresh catch.

• FES­TI­VAL MUST The Marl­bor­ough Food & Wine Fes­ti­val at­tracts top food and wine tal­ent from New Zealand and Aus­tralia ev­ery year on the sec­ond Satur­day in Fe­bru­ary. The 2019 fes­ti­val is again at Bran­cott Vine­yard and is the ideal way to sam­ple the lo­cal drops and pro­duce.

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