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What's It Like to Cycle the Blenheim Bike Wine Trail in New Zealand?

Read about how to hire a bicycle with Bike 2 Wine and cycle to Blenheim wineries in Marlborough New Zealand. Enjoy Blenheim wine tastings at Forrest, Wairau River, and Bladen plus lunch at Allan Scott Wines.
Cycling to Blenheim wineries on the South Island of New Zealand is an ideal way to spend the day. 

Wine tasting is one of our favorite vacation activities and pedaling among the vines and rolling hills near Blenheim just added to the charm. 

Don't worry if you're not incredibly fit. The distances between vineyards is not too great and the roads are mostly flat. 

Read on to learn more about our experience renting bicycles to explore the Marlborough New Zealand wine region.

Blenheim wineries in Marlborough New Zealand - vines

Blenheim Wineries with Bike 2 Wine Cycle Hire

Bike 2 Wine cycle hire sign in Marlborough New Zealand
Bike 2 Wine cycle hire offers well-maintained and comfortable bicycles for a self-guided tour of Blenheim wineries. For $40 NZD per person, Bike 2 Wine will pick you up at your accommodation in Blenheim and get you fitted out for the day at their offices in Renwick. We were offered a map and some tips on which of Marlborough's wineries to try and then were on our way.
Bicycle used to explore Blenheim wineries in Marlborough New Zealand

Renwick New Zealand's Road Side Spectators

Goat tethered to a barrel in Renwick New Zealand near the Blenheim wineries
Bike 2 Wine is located in a residential area in Renwick New Zealand. En route to our first Blenheim winery, we passed some cute roadside spectators. I couldn't help but stop and take a picture as this goat curiously looked on.

The Stunning Scenery of Marlborough New Zealand

Clouds over the mountains near the Blenheim wineries in Marlborough New Zealand
The scenery in New Zealand is so spectacular that there was a risk of me stopping every 5 minutes to take a photo and never tasting a drop of wine. We got super-lucky with the weather on our visit to Blenheim's wineries in late March, with blue skies and warmth joining us on our ride.

Blenheim Wine Tasting at Forrest Wines

Blenheim wineries: umbrella for shade at Forrest Wines
We cycled about 10 minutes from the Bike 2 Wine office on quiet back roads to our first stop at Forrest Wines. We parked our bicycles at the convenient racks near the entrance to the property.
Blenheim wineries: wine tasting at Forrest Wines in Marlborough New Zealand
We were ushered to an outdoor table shaded by a large umbrella and were treated to a tasting of seven wines (I recall that we paid about $7 NZD for the tasting). Forrest wines is run by a Ph.D. and an M.D. The Doctors' range of wines features bold and innovative flavor profiles. What a great way to start the day: sipping wines at a Blenheim winery at 11 am with the sun shining down on us. 

Blenheim Wine Tasting at Wairau River Wines

Grapes on the vine in Marlborough New Zealand
We cycled another 10 minutes between Forrest and Wairau River wineries. The cellar door at Wairau River featured a cozy fireplace and sculptures on the lawn abutting the vineyard. Wine tasting at Wairau River is complimentary. As we sipped our wine, we chatted with our host. The staff at Wairau River was super-friendly. We talked about travel to places that are Kiwi favorites (e.g., Raratonga) but that sound impossibly exotic to foreigners. We also talked about what it's like to live in Marlborough New Zealand, an area so driven by tourism.
Blenheim wineries: leaf sculptures outside of Wairau River winery

Blenheim Winery Lunch at Allan Scott Family Winemakers

Blenheim wineries: Allan Scott winery sign
It took between 20-30 minutes to cycle about 6 km on a large road but with a generous shoulder from Wairau River to Allan Scott Family Winemakers. Allan Scott is a popular lunch spot among the Blenheim wineries. We were seated at a table on a covered outdoor terrace. We enjoyed a refreshing watermelon and ham starter, gnocchi sprinkled with cheese, and fish served over a bed of chickpeas. A rich and creamy chocolate dessert rounded out the meal. Our gourmet meal served in the heart of Marlborough New Zealand wine country paired well with a glass of sparkling wine. Our lunch included a free wine tasting which we availed of before continuing our bicycle journey.
Blenheim wineries: collage of lunch pictures with sparkling wine at Allan Scott Family Winemakers in Marlborough New Zealand

SIDEWALK SAFARI SPOTLIGHT: Looking for other cool places to explore? Why not embark on a 3 week in New Zealand itinerary starting in Christchurch. You could go beer tasting in Nelson

Short on time? With 2 weeks in New Zealand, you could explore Auckland for a day, do some cool Auckland road trips, and embark on a drive to the Bay of Islands in the reaches of the North Island.

Blenheim Wine Tasting at Bladen Wines

Blenheim wineries: John Lowes at the cellar door of Bladen Wines in Marlborough New Zealand
We decided to push ourselves and stop at one final Blenheim winery before calling it a day. Our final stop was Bladen Wines, about a 30-40 minute ride by bicycle from Allan Scott. The journey was mostly on less-traveled roads without too much traffic and the route was relatively flat. Bladen definitely had a laid back vibe with standing room only at a small tasting room with two sides open to the outside. Picnic tables and lounge chairs made this the perfect winery at which to finish our long day of cycling. We were regaled with stories by John Lowes, Bladen's premier cellar door personality. Definitely stop by to find out about the eventful and adventure-filled life that John has led. 

How Strenuous is a Blenheim Wine Tour by Bike?

Blenheim wineries: a sleep big brown dog at Bladen Wines in Marlborough New Zealand
Wine tasting and cycling are two activities that usually attract travelers with different interests and styles. We are definitely more wine-inclined than athletic. However, cycling around Blenheim wineries was an ideal way to cover a lot of ground, get some exercise, and not have to drive. Bike 2 Wine has a pick-up and drop off service to bring folks from Blenheim to the small town of Renwick where the majority of regional wineries are located. The terrain was relatively flat and you'll mostly be traveling on small backroads. Cycling on a hot day tested our endurance (I most certainly felt like taking a nap by the time we reached Bladen, our final destination of the day) but cycling to the Blenheim wineries is definitely doable for visitors with an average level of fitness. My biggest issue was that the bicycle seat was not very comfortable and my bum felt a bit bruised by the end of the day.  

Blenheim Wineries Cycle Route and Map

Check out this handy Blenheim wineries map for locations and distances between vineyards. Click on the image of the map to open up an interactive version in Google Maps.

Blenheim Bike Wine Trail Map

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Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog: What's It Like to Cycle the Blenheim Bike Wine Trail in New Zealand?
What's It Like to Cycle the Blenheim Bike Wine Trail in New Zealand?
Read about how to hire a bicycle with Bike 2 Wine and cycle to Blenheim wineries in Marlborough New Zealand. Enjoy Blenheim wine tastings at Forrest, Wairau River, and Bladen plus lunch at Allan Scott Wines.
Sidewalk Safari | Part-time Travel Blog