MARLBOROUGH VINTNERS HOTEL
OVERNIGHT RATE FROM $NZ185 (ABOUT $165) VINEYARD VIEW
You’ll be excused for having wine on your mind when staying at Marlborough Vintners Hotel (well, when staying anywhere in this epicentre of vino production, really). Pull up to one of 16 suites set among orderly vines in central Blenheim, with views across to the Richmond Ranges. Hire bikes and follow Marlborough’s Golden Mile to taste your way through the vineyards. The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is also a five-minute drive away. There’s plenty of room to spread out in your suite with king-sized bed, lounge and dining area, and kitchenette with tea and coffee making facilities. Enjoy your purchases overlooking the vines on your private patio, then head to the onsite Vintners Room Restaurant where French executive chef Arnaud Mallet turns out blue-cheese stuffed mussels and duck-fat potatoes.