Bella Vista Motel Blenheim
Julie and Paul welcome you to the Bella Vista Blenheim Motel.
This property has been independently assessed by Qualmark as 4 star quality accommodation.
Blenheim is the hub of the Marlborough region and the perfect base for your adventures. From the moment you arrive you'll enjoy the convenience of being located in close proximity to the Blenheim town centre for shops, business, entertainment and other activities. We are located close to the railway station.
We are easy to find on Charles Street just 25 minutes from the Picton ferry terminal and 1.5 hours from Nelson. We are in walking distance to the town centre for business or pleasure, and just minutes from the many well known Marlborough vineyards.
We have ample safe parking so you can leave your car and avoid parking issues, walk to work or explore on foot.
Our superior smoke free Blenhiem motel accommodation include a variety of studios and one bedroom units. The purpose built access units have been designed with parking at the door for your convenience. You have a choice of king, queen or single beds with electric blankets for those cooler nights.
Wireless internet is available with a spacious work desk in every room. Units vary from just tea and toast making facilities to those with cooking facilities. We offer continental breakfasts and evening meals charge back facilities, dine in or dine out.
Bella Vista Blenheim is a pet friendly Blenheim motel accommodation option.
You can be assured of a warm welcome at reception where we will assist you in every way possible.
Distances from Blenheim Motel
|Marlborough Convention Centre||400m|
|Picton / Interisland Ferry||28km|
|Omaka Aviation Heritage Museum||4.3km|
- At a glance
Office hours 7.30am to 9.00pm
On-site parking Free of charge
Breakfast service Continental & cooked breakfast on request
Available on request Interconnecting rooms, cot, high chair
Value adds Plunger coffee, guest laundry, free & unlimited WiFi, Pet Friendly
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Phone +64 3 579 3117
Compact Queen Studio
Queen bed, shower ensuite, tea/coffee and toast making facilities, microwave. Refrigerator, iron and ironing board. Free unlimited WiFi and free onsite car-parking.
- 16 m2
Queen bed. Shower ensuite. Kitchenette with microwave, hot plates and fry pan. Refrigerator, iron and ironing board. Easy access ground floor Queen Studio's are available on request. Free unlimited WiFi and free onsite car-parking.
- 20 m2
Queen bed plus King Single bed. Shower ensuite. Kitchenette with microwave, hot plates and fry pan available. Refrigerator, iron and ironing board. Free unlimited WiFi and free onsite car-parking.
- 20 m2
King bed (can split to 2 singles), kitchenette with microwave, hot plates, fry pan available. Refrigerator, iron and ironing board. Shower ensuite. Free unlimited WiFi and free onsite car-parking.
- 20 m2
1 Bedroom Spa Unit
Super King Bed in lounge/kitchen area. 2 Single Beds in separate bedroom, private spa bath, shower ensuite, full kitchenette. Refrigerator, iron and ironing board. Free unlimited WiFi and free onsite car-parking.
- 37 m2
Two Bedroom Unit
One bedroom spa unit interconnecting with compact studio providing two bedrooms, two ensuites plus spa bath. Queen bed in one bedroom, super king bed in the lounge/kitchen area, 2 single beds in separate bedroom. Available on request
- 37 m2
- Fully serviced daily
- Cooked and Continental breakfasts a specialty
- All units non smoking
- Queen or King beds in all units
- High-speed broadband in all units - wireless or cable
- 1GB free internet access per day.
- Modern flat-screen LCD TVs in all units
- SKY TV in all units.
- Wheelchair Access Units
- Guest laundry with washer and dryer
- Outdoor BBQ and courtyard
- Competitive corporate rates
- Complimentary milk on arrival
- Complimentary morning newspaper on request
Blenheim is situated on the fertile Wairau Plains in the Marlborough district, at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. Marlborough's varied attractions include its wine industry, the waterways of the Marlborough Sounds, gourmet foods, adventure activities, museums and heritage centres, relaxing recreational opportunities and so much more.
Blenheim Town Centre
Blenheim is high on sunshine hours and low on rainfall. Take a stroll in nearby Seymour Square with its well-tended flowerbeds and memorial clock tower. Or wander through the Square in the evening to see the illuminated fountain. Take time for a walk through the lovely gardens in Pollard Park. Enjoy the walks along the banks of the Taylor River or catch the Delta Queen paddle steamer for a journey on the river. The town of 29,000 citizens was claimed piece by piece from the Wairau Plains. Wander the nearby town centre with its quirky lanes and sunny places and sample the cafes and bars on foot. On Sunday visit the Sunday Farmers Market for a cross-section of local produce.
There are many options for wine tours in this part of the world; Bubbly Grape, Hop and Grape, Na Clachan, Jade Tours, Marlborough Wine Tours, bike tours are just a few. Check out the best option to suit.
Blenheim is one of New Zealand’s winery hotspots – it’s hard to go past world class wines in this stunning location. There are an enormous amount of vineyards to explore in Blenheim, either on your own or as part of a tour: Saint Clair, Wither Hills, Cloudy Bay, Allan Scott, Spy Valley, Lawson’s Dry Hills, are only but a few.
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Excellent displays of WW1 and WW2 aircrafts set in life like scenes using Sir Peter Jackson’s Weta Workshop figures that can easily be mistaken for real men. An interesting place to visit. See the evolution of aircraft and view parts of the Red Baron's plane
A pretty and relaxing park to come for a stroll or to relax, featuring beautiful gardens, a fountain that is lit up at night, a duck pond and many delightful picnic spots.
Omaka Classic Cars
A unique collection depicting the changes and interesting moments from New Zealand motoring from the 1950s – 1980s, a fantastic slice of motoring history in one place.
Hedgerows Hydroponic Strawberries
From September through to mid January come along and grab the freshest and best tasting strawberries in town. Try out the made onsite ice cream, jam kits, frozen berries plus more.
Marlborough Famers Market
Head along to Maxwell Road Sunday mornings for delicious local food, crafts, produce, flowers and more.
A quaint local museum with fantastic exhibitions, the permanent wine exhibition is a must see.
Wither Hills Mountain Bike Park
This 40-hectare mountain bike park is crisscrossed with tracks and offers visitors loads of fun. There are tracks for all levels of rider, check website to make sure park is open as riding when wet is sometimes not prohibited.
Drive down Taylor Pass road and you’ll easily spot this area. It’s a great location for a picnic, stroll or a bike ride, walk along the river to get to the dam.
Upton Oaks Garden
Garden entry is by appointment but well worth he effort. Developed over many years, these gardens compliment the 1911 Victorian Villa. A number of different gardens, formally defined by hedges and planting make up this beautiful space.
Riverlands Cob Cottage
On the outskirts of Blenheim take a drive to an early Marlborough dwelling furnished in the original pioneer style. Built between 1854 and 1868 enjoy photos and stories from the early years.
Brayshaw Museum Park
Brayshaw Park is the home to a number of interesting Marlborough organisations each with a focus on heritage. They include the Farm Machinery Museum, Vintage Car Club, the Riverside Railway and others. With its reconstructed colonial village and wine museum its well worth a visit.
A lovely, safe family friendly beach that is about a 35-minute drive from Blenheim that is well worth a look.
Cullen Point Scenic Reserve
A wonderful loop track (1 hour loop) that provides spectacular views of Pelorus Sound and Havelock, stretch the legs and enjoy the views.
ASB Theatre Marlborough
A newly opened, purpose built multi-use venue that showcases theatre, performances, arts, conferences plus more.
Fran Maguire Pottery
Inspiring pottery and artworks that incorporate so much colour and fun. Visit the gallery and studio to get a real feel for this local ladies talent.
Marlborough Farming Museum
A wonderful insight into farming from years gone by, this museum prides itself on preserving Marlborough’s rural heritage. With rare collections including the first tractor ever built in NZ.
Detour Art Gallery
A wonderful gallery located on Market Street that curates and promotes many local and New Zealand artists, a lovely space with great art.
Wairau Lagoons Walkway
A wonderful walk for those interested in bird watching, a flat loop track walks along the shoreline in the upper lagoon to where the resting place of the Waverly Ship sits.
Head along to try out your Robin Hood skills! Enjoy an archery lesson; try Archery Attack, Axe Throwing, Air Rifle shooting plus more. Bookings essential.
If you are in need of some fun and amusement on a rainy day this is the place to be, arcade games, photo booth, Air Hockey, plus more – hours of fun.
Blenheim Riverside Railway
A family friendly activity that includes steam locomotives, diesel locomotives and much more. If you enjoy riding on trains, find out the next open day and head along to join in the fun.
High Country Horse Treks & Rescue Home
Escape from town for a while and head out to the high country for a horse trek. Cross over rivers, mountains and enjoy this special time.
Excurions from Blenheim
Wairau Valley and Plains
The Wairau River which rises over 100 kms away in the western ranges is the life blood of the prosperous wine industry. Take a wine trail and sample some of the regions famous varieties and enjoy the vineyard restaurants. For a relaxing day arrange for a tour of the wineries. The swift upper reaches are ideal for kayaking while Mt Richmond Forest Park lying north of the river is a popular hiking area. Trout fishing is popular on the river and good catches of brown and rainbow trout can be made quite close to Blenheim.
Blenheim is a gateway to the Marlborough Sounds. It is 25 minutes drive on SH1 to Picton on Queen Charlotte Sound. It is 55 minutes drive on SH6 to Havelock on Pelorous Sound. Both offer day boat trips on the Sounds and access to walking tracks including the famous Queen Charlotte Walk. The scenic Queen Charlotte Drive links Picton and Havelock providing spectacular vistas of the Sounds on the drive through native forest.
Blenheim is the centre of the Marlborough region. To the south are the vineyards of the Awatere Valley and access inland to the iconic Molesworth Farm Station. The vivid colours of the Grassmere salt works are a feature on State Highway 1. The coast near Blenheim has rugged beaches and windswept Cape Campbell with its historic lighthouse. Only 25 minutes from Blenheim is native-bush fringed Whites Bay where the first interisland telegraph cable came ashore. This sheltered sandy safe-swimming beach is one of Blenheim's surprising secrets.
Bella Vista Blenheim will happily offer local advice on any of these activities and will gladly facilitate complimentary reservations should an activity require a booking
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Introducing your hosts, Julie and Paul
We are both New Zealand born and bred and have lived in the Marlborough community for over 20 years and have two daughters who are currently at university.
Julie is a retired army Officer and Nurse, she was the Clinical director for a Whanau Ora program before managing a Resthome and Hospital. Paul maintains his skills as a truck driver working part time for a local firm. We pride ourselves on our local knowledge to ensure our guests have the very best possible experience while staying with us.
We are very proud of our town and the community we live and work in. Blenheim is often the sunniest town in New Zealand and is well-known for its wine. Mention Montana Sauvignon Blanc anywhere in the world and people think Marlborough NZ, Our local Saltworks provide salt to many industries and households around the world. Chances are the salt you use came from the works at Lake Grassmere, seen as a pink beach as you drive past on SH1. Our Green Lipped Mussels from Havelock are just one of the aquaculture industries that have taken hold in the Marlborough Sounds. Tours of the mussel and Salmon farms are available to book from reception.
The Blenheim region had long been a large centre of population by Maori and unfortunately with the arrival of settlers, the challenges of the early pioneer lifestyle that was trying to integrate with local Maori created the first serious clash of arms between the two. The Wairau Incident of 1843, known initially as the ‘Wairau Massacre’ and later as the ‘Wairau Affray’ ,was the most significant instance of violence between Maori and British settlers in the years immediately after the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. The incident came about because Europeans in Nelson sold the Tuamarina area to settlers still in England thinking it uninhabited. The local European farmers armed with rifles confronted the local Maori, and in the ensuing clash of arms a bloody battle left 22 European settlers dead and anywhere between 4 and 9 Maori killed. A monument has been erected to honour the European settlers at Tuamarina, 10km north of Blenheim where you can draw your own interpretations of who may have been at fault and learn more about the early life of people who lived in the region.
Our Community Involvement
- We welcome work experience students from Marlborough Boys and Girls Colleges and donate rooms for the band for their annual Ball.
- We donate old bedding, towels, curtains, appliances (in working order) e.g. hair dryers & fridges to the local support services and businesses including Salvation Army and Sheets’n’Things, a charity that dresses people for success in Interviews and provides for the less well off..
- We are members of Hospitality New Zealand, Julie is the current Chair of the accommodation sector in Blenheim.
- We support the homeless, working with the Ministry of Social Development to provide temporary housing.
- Julie is a community panellist for Restorative Justice.
- We support local charities with gift vouchers of night stays at any of our 27 Bella Vista Motels nationwide to add to their raffles.
Our Sustainability Practices
We want to ensure that we operate in a manner that reduces environmental risk. We believe in protecting the beautiful environment of Blenheim and want to ensure that your children and grandchildren can visit and enjoy it to. To this end we have developed an environmental plan and welcome your support for this initiative.
ENERGY - How Bella Vista Blenheim is reducing our demand on energy:
- We offer in room key tag devices to switch off appliances when you are out
- We offer a towel change agreement which means you are reducing energy and water use. Hang your towels on the towel rail if you wish to reuse them or place your towels in the shower tray or bathtub if you wish them to be laundered.
- We buy local products and produce where ever possible to reduce transport emissions
- We upgrade appliances to energy efficient models whenever replacements are necessary
- Low energy light bulbs are installed in at least 95% of our establishment
- Our energy supplier buys from renewable generation resources like hydro and wind
WASTE - How Bella Vista Motel Blenheim is reducing waste:
- We give you the opportunity to recycle all waste where possible.
- We reducing the amount of waste going to landfill by separating it for recycling
- We are reducing packaging to a minimum where possible, using dispensers for high quality toiletries, buying quality products in bulk and replacing disposable items with reusable ones.
- We reduce waste by not purchasing products with excessive packaging
WATER - How Bella Vista Motel Blenheim conserves water:
- We have redesigned and replanted our garden landscape with native plants which require less water
- We limit the use of garden watering systems during summer
- We use water efficient washing machines
- We minimise the use of water for car washing
WISE PURCHASING AND CONSERVATION - How Bella Vista Motel Blenheim participates in our wise purchasing programme:
- Planting trees and shrubs which are native to this area in order to encourage bird life and reduce the need for irrigation
- Purchasing locally where possible, which helps reduce carbon emissions from transport and employs local people
COMMUNITY - Bella Vista Motel Blenheim understands that we are part of our local community and participate in it by:
- Donating supplementary or replaced equipment, products or furniture to a local charity
- Participating in restorative justice as a community panelist
- Offering employment opportunities to local residents
- Training our staff to commit to our environmental practices
We look forward to hosting you.
The motel is ideally situated to take advantage of all that Blenheim and Marlborough has to offer.
- Quiet location off main roads
- 100m from CBD
- 100m from supermarket
- 300m from Marlborough Convention Centre
- 300m from Clubs of Marlborough
- 5 minutes walk to most restaurants, bars, cafes
- 100m from Seymour Square
Travel distances in kilometres to Blenheim
- Ashburton 391 kms
- Christchurch 309 kms
- Dunedin 664 kms
- Fox Glacier 519 kms
- Franz Josef Glacier 496 kms
- Greymouth 324 kms
- Hanmer Springs 259 kms
- Hokitika 363 kms
- Invercargill 869 kms
- Kaikoura 130 kms
- Mosgiel 678 kms
- Nelson 118 kms
- Oamaru 551 kms
- Queenstown 789 kms
- Te Anau 946 kms
- Wanaka 730 kms
- Westport 258 kms