Renwick is a small town just west of Blenheim, in the South Island’s Marlborough region. It’s near the banks of the Wairau River.
Marlborough is primarily known as one of New Zealand’s premier wine districts, and Renwick makes a handy base for exploring it, as an alternative to Blenheim. Renwick is smaller and slower-paced, and home to many beautiful country bed and breakfasts.
One of these, the Olde Mill House, offers a bicycle hire service to tourists. Top-class vineyards such as Gravitas and Mud House are so tightly clustered around Renwick that you can easily visit several on an easy day’s cycle – and without having to worry about how much you’ve had to drink.
Or you can choose to see the country from horse-back on a number of tours. A two-day ride will take you out to the Cape Campbell lighthouse.
Renwick is also home to two art galleries and a number of artists who enjoy the quiet and the beautiful countryside.