Getting Here and Around in Blenheim
Getting Here and Around
Marlborough Airport (BHE), near Blenheim, is served by Air New Zealand, with several return flights daily from Wellington, Christchurch, and Auckland. Local airline Sounds Air flies daily to and from Wellington to Marlborough Airport and to Picton's small Koromiko Airport(PCN).
InterCity runs daily between Christchurch, Picton, Blenheim, and Nelson. The ride between Christchurch and Blenheim takes about four to five hours, from Christchurch to Picton five to six hours, and from Picton to Nelson, about 2½ hours. At Blenheim, buses stop at the train station; at Picton, they use the ferry terminal. An alternative bus service is Atomic Shuttles. Once in Marlborough, if you’re looking to explore the wineries you’ll find them easily, on roads laid out more or less in a grid that extends from close to Blenheim and across the Wairu plains. Rapaura Road is the central artery route for vineyard visits; wineries cluster around Jeffries and Jacksons roads, Fairhall, the area around Renwick village, the lower Wairau Valley, and State Highway 1 south of Blenheim. To access the Marlborough Sounds, take either the road to Picton, or head west on the main road to Nelson and turn off at Havelock. The main road inland from Renwick, that heads toward the West Coast, accesses Nelson Lakes National Park. Pick up a map of the Marlborough wine region at the Marlborough i-SITE Visitor Centre.
Atomic Shuttles (03/349–0697. www.atomictravel.co.nz.)
InterCity (03/365–1113 or 0800/222 146. www.intercity.co.nz.)
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NZ Post Blenheim (Main St. at Scott St., Blenheim, 7201. 03/578–3904.)
Marlborough i-Site Visitor Centre (Blenheim Railway Station, State Hwy. 1, Blenheim, 7201. 03/577–8080 or 0800/777-181. www.lovemarlborough.co.nz.)
Marlborough i-SITE Visitor Centre (Railway Station car park, Sinclair St., beside State Hwy. 1, Blenheim, 7201. 03/577–8080. www.lovemarlborough.co.nz.)