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Renwick, Marlborough: what to see & do, best things to do

WHAT’S SO GREAT ABOUT RENWICK, PERFECT SELFIE LOCATION AND A BIT OF SCANDAL ABOUT THE LOCALS. DID I MENTION THE VINEYARDS…

A quiet town where the traffic swirls around the corners of the local shops and continues onto Nelson on State Highway six. Renwick is home to a world class restaurant nestled among the vines and a local museum narrating stories of local characters. Need a break from the driving, Renwick’s charms are an excellent reason to stop and check out this small town.

Fame

  • Marlborough Vintners Hotel enters TripAdvisor Hall of Fame for 2019 specialising in local wines and nose to tail food preparation. A glorious destination for indulgent short breaks exploring the vineyards and quiet corners of Marlborough.
  • John Vorbach, a blacksmith, has the right to claim being Renwick’s greatest inventor. His bicycle ‘boneshaker’ is on display in the museum. His extensive list of inventions included a pea sorter and children’s play hoops.
Sheep grazing in vineyard, Marlborough

Notoriety

  • William Henry Eyres, politician with a penchant for Trumpism. Complete with inappropriate sexual behaviour, his business and politican life was conducted through questionable means. Fittingly ended his life in a Wellington boarding house. (19th century)

Where to take the best selfie

  • Against the backdrop of the local museum with its painted wall of nineteenth century agricultural activities
  • Your meal at Marlborough Vintners Hotel
Renwick Museum, Marlborough

Check out things to do

Originally known as Renwicktown, the area was settled by Thomas Renwick, a Scottish doctor and local politician in the 1850’s.

Fame

  • Wairau river is a stone’s throw away
  • Cycle trail Condor’s Bend for mountain bikers
  • Mount Richmond Forest Park
  • Museum while primary focus is European settlement there is a collection of Maori artefacts. A small gift shop with handmade cards which are worth checking out. Open Monday, 10am to 3pm with volunteers to answer questions, otherwise Tuesday to Sunday 9.00am to 5.00pm unattended.
  • Have I mentioned wine trails, visitors centrally located in the heart of Marlborough’s wine district.
Renwick @Wine Tours by Bike, with Steve and Jo – Self-Guided Bike Hire

Festivals

  • Christmas festival

Kids

  • Playground
  • Wairau River swimming holes (just ask a local their favourite spot)
  • Local museum
Wairau River, Swimming Holes, Blenheim @MarlboroughNZ

Who turned up and settled in Renwick?

  • Originally known as Renwicktown, the area was settled by Thomas Renwick, a Scottish doctor and local politician in the 1850’s.

What makes the place work? 

  • Thirty cellar doors makes the place tick together with being an agricultural service centre

Social Media

Renwick Marlborough, NZ – Home

Renwick, Marlborough @mikecoker_nz

Climate

  • Vineyard perfect climate, dry crisp winters with lots of sunshine in summer

Best time to go

  • Year round, Winter depths visitors cuddle up to a roaring fire with a glass of wine or lazily relaxing by the Wairau River in the heat of summer.

Population

2,418

@Renwick Marlborough, NZ

Be careful

  • Crossing the road as its State Highway 6 the main route to Nelson from Marlborough. The town has issues with water supply in summer.

Judgment

  • From a few moments taking a selfie to a leisurely week exploring Marlborough.

The journey is worth it.

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