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.
- 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.
- 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
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.
- 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.
- Christmas festival
- Wairau River swimming holes (just ask a local their favourite spot)
- Local museum
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
- 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.
- Crossing the road as its State Highway 6 the main route to Nelson from Marlborough. The town has issues with water supply in summer.
- From a few moments taking a selfie to a leisurely week exploring Marlborough.
The journey is worth it.