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Afternoon

Vineyard Tours

Vineyards near Blenheim Vineyards near Blenheim
Sheep grazing in vineyard Sheep grazing in vineyard

You will have worked up an appetite from the walk. Blenheim has a variety of cafes and takeaway outlets on its main street. Check out what is available or return to your accommodation for a refresh and a bit to eat. Your next call is to find out more about the falcon on your $20.00 note. The Karearea, native falcon is under threat due to loss of habitat. The New Zealand falcon is one of the fastest birds in the world. Visitors are introduced to one of the fastest birds in the world. The birds are bred and raised to ensure their continued safety. The falcon is the country’s most threatened bird of prey, with only around 3000–5000 breeding pairs remaining.

NOTE: Forward bookings are essential for falcon viewing.

Vineyard Tours at Brancott Estate Heritage Centre. Is all things karearea, or native falcon. The falcons, swoop, dive and fly in aerial displays that capture the hearts of visitors. The Karearea is their own best ambassador for their continuing welfare.

Check your $20.00 note for the falcon pinup girl. “The main image on the $20 note showcases Shaheena, whose regal figure sits on the reverse side from Queen Elizabeth II. Shaheena is a small, dark bush falcon, a form classified as ‘threatened/nationally vulnerable’ and found mainly in the North Island.”

New Zealand geographic 142, Nov 2016.

  • Location: Within Brancott Vineyards
  • Open: December through March – Monday, Wednesday & Friday 11am by appointment (weather dependent as it is an outdoor arena)
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Admission fee: Outdoor activity FAQs for falcon tours
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