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This 325km loop encompasses some lovely delights local to Nelson and Marlborough wine regions.

The engaging switchback hill climb up the Whangamoa Saddle, the superb vineyards of Blenheim, the twisting wonderful views of the Marlborough Sounds, the long straight blast to woodland or Alpine walks around the tranquil Nelson Lakes at St Arnaud…and when you want a break from driving there’s even the opportunity for a Steam Train ride from Picton.

The Top of the South Nelson to Blenheim Loop

Delights that await you...

Click through the gallery below to see just some of the delights that await you en route, some of which were taken on my own adventures, (you can probably spot those ones….)

Melrose House Cafe
Melrose House Cafe

Take Afternoon Tea in fine style at Melrose House, Nelson

Don't flex your mussels, eat them on a boat cruise...trust me they are delicious

Who would have thought a Ferry Terminal could look this attractive? Picton perfect...

A better way to let off steam, running from Picton to Blenheim

Vineyards at Blenheim

Lake Rotoiti

The tranquil Nelson Lakes in winter

An evening stroll on the waterfront, Rocks Rd, Nelson

Melrose House CafeLake Rotoiti

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