Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Blenheim

Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

This exceptionally brilliant museum houses film-director Peter Jackson's collection of original and replica Great War aircraft, brought to life in a series of dioramas that depict dramatic wartime scenes, such as th…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Kaikoura

Green Dolphin

Kaikoura's consistent top-ender dishes up high-quality local produce including seafood, beef, lamb and venison, as well as seasonal flavours such as fresh tomato soup. There are lovely homemade pasta dishes, too. Th…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Blenheim


Located in the thick of Renwick wine country, this elegant restaurant offers ‘a taste of Marlborough’ by focusing on local produce fashioned into contemporary yet crowd-pleasing dishes. Settle in for a three-, four-…
Top Choice Deli in Blenheim


The humble pie rises to stratospheric heights at this fabulous deli; try the sweet pork-belly or savoury steak and blue cheese, or perhaps both. Fresh-filled baguettes, local sausage, French cheeses and great coffee…
Top Choice Winery in Blenheim

Saint Clair Estate

Prepare to be blown away by the Pioneer Block and Reserve range sauvignon blanc and pinot noir. Decent cafe on-site.
Top Choice Winery in Blenheim


Consistent, quality wines including exceptional riesling and stellar stickies.
Winery in Blenheim

Te Whare Ra

Compact, hands-on winery creating gorgeous sauvignon blanc, riesling, gewürztraminer and pinot gris.
Winery in Blenheim

Yealands Estate

Zero-carbon winemaking on a grand scale at this space-age winery near Seddon; tours by arrangement.
Museum in Picton

Edwin Fox Maritime Museum

Purportedly the world’s ninth-oldest surviving wooden ship, the Edwin Fox was built near Calcutta and launched in 1853. During its chequered career it carried troops to the Crimean War, convicts to Australia and imm…
Cafe in Kaikoura

Reserve Hutt

The best coffee in town, roasted on-site and espressed by cheery baristas in Kaikoura's grooviest cafe. Puttin' out that rootsy retro-Kiwiana vibe we love so much, this is a neat place to linger over a couple of fla…