Getting to Marlborough

Getting to Marlborough couldn't be easier with so many ways to travel!

Car or Campervan

Driving from Christchurch?

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For more information on driving North to Marlborough, visit the NZTA website.

Once you're here, Marlborough is an ideal place to explore by road, with little traffic and lots of scenery. Picton, Blenheim are linked by State Highway 1, but there are plenty of other roads to explore. Much of Marlborough’s stunning landscape is accessible by vehicle, with brilliant scenic drives taking you to a range of towns, valleys, hills, mountains and coastlines across the province.

The Queen Charlotte Drive links Picton and Havelock, and travels via beautiful scenery, or turn off after Rai Valley to drive to French Pass.

If you would like to rent a car or campervan, there are plenty of options from budget to luxury.

Please drive safely

We want your driving experience in Marlborough to be absolutely brilliant, so please - when you're visiting our region it’s important to drive safely and follow New Zealand's road rules.

While many of Marlborough’s roads are tar-sealed and wide, some are narrow, have one-way bridges, and may even have loose gravel and wandering farm animals.

Visit the Drive Safe website for more information about driving safely on New Zealand's roads.

For starters:

We drive on the left-hand side of the road. An easy way to remember is that the driver is always closest to the centre-line.

  • Everyone in the car has to wear a seatbelt.
  • Children need an approved child seat.
  • Please keep within the speed limits.
  • Always stop at ‘STOP’ signs.
  • Don't drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • Don't use a mobile phone while driving.
  • Use passing lanes whenever possible to overtake other vehicles, never cross a solid yellow line on your side of the centre line.
  • Don't park on dotted yellow lines.

Air

Come by air and get a seagull’s view of the intricate waterways of the sounds, the stunning mountains at the tip of the Southern Alps, the braided strands of the beautiful Wairau River, and an ocean of grapevines in the valleys.

Marlborough Airport is a 20 minute flight from Wellington International Airport and a five minute drive to Blenheim. You can also fly into Koromiko airport halfway between Picton and Blenheim. Either way, you’ll get a Brilliant view of Marlborough’s landscapes, from snowy peaks to sunken Sounds.

Direct flights operate to Marlborough Airport from Auckland and Wellington with Air New Zealand, and from Christchurch, Napier, Paraparaumu, Wellington and Kaikoura with Sounds Air.  Sounds Air also operate direct flights from Wellington to Picton airport (Koromiko). 

Bus & Coach

Sit back, relax, and enjoy the views as you travel by bus in Marlborough. This is a great option for those without a car, with opportunities to visit towns such as Picton, Blenheim and Havelock.

Bike

If you're planning on cycling from Marlborough towards Christchurch, check out the alternative cycle route while the main state highway 1 is being repaired.

Ferry or fly in with your bike and discover why Marlborough is a pedaller’s paradise.

Catch a boat from Picton to historic Ship Cove, at the start of the Queen Charlotte Track, one of New Zealand’s Great Rides. From its end in Anakiwa, cycle to the Queen Charlotte Drive, part of the Nga Haerenga Cycle Touring Route, which takes you back to Picton or on to Havelock. Who needs a car?

Boat

Bring a boat with you, charter one here, or jump aboard a water taxi or cruising tour to explore the Marlborough Sounds.

Whether you choose to head out by sail, kayak or cruise, a boat is the perfect way to explore the Sounds.

Ferry

Cruise past remote bays, baches, islands and native bush as you travel through the Marlborough Sounds - one of the most picturesque ferry journeys in the world.

 

Watch for pods of dolphins and soaring seabirds from the deck, or sit back and enjoy great coffee in the comfort of an armchair, taking in the view. The journey from Wellington to Picton takes approximately three hours.

 

Contact us

Havelock i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
61 Main Road Havelock
Ph +64 3 574 2161

Picton i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
The Foreshore Picton
Ph +64 3 520 3113

Blenheim i-SITE Visitor Information Centre
8 Sinclair Street (beside the Railway Station) Blenheim
Ph +64 3 577 8080

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