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Car Hire from Blenheim Airport

Car Hire from Blenheim Airport

New Zealand’s South Island is a place of rugged scenery, stunning coastline and world-renowned wineries. Blenheim Airport, which is also known as Marlborough Airport sits in the northwest corner of the island and offers access to a wide variety of landscapes. Hiring a car from the airport is a great way to get around and discover the wildest corners of New Zealand’s countryside.

Where to hire a car at Blenheim Airport

Apex, Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty all operate at Blenheim Airport. They all have offices inside the small terminal building in the arrivals hall. These offices are staffed for all flight arrivals.

Petrol Stations near Blenheim Airport

If you hire a car with a full to full fuel policy you will need to ensure you refuel the car prior to returning it. The closest petrol station to Blenheim Airport is a Z Springlands garage around five minutes’ drive from the airport. It’s located on route 6 on the way into Blenheim.

Driving around Blenheim Airport

Route 6 is the main route to and from the airport. Eastbound it heads into the centre of Blenheim. The westbound route soon veers northwest towards Nelson whilst route 63 continues west towards St Arnaud and Nelson Lakes National Park. From Blenheim, you’ll also find route 1 which travels along the eastern coast of the South Island, up to Picton and down to Kaikoura and Christchurch.

Roads around Blenheim Airport, and the South Island in general, are free from congestion and well-maintained. Some roads in more remote areas can be winding so allow extra time for journeys.

Getting to your destination

With a hire car from Blenheim Airport, there are lots of South Island destinations within easy reach. Here are a few of them:


Blenheim is the perfect starting point for discovering New Zealand’s famous Marlborough wine country. There are many wineries surrounding the town where visitors can go to take a tour and taste some of the produce. The town of Blenheim itself is pretty and quaint with lots of accommodation, restaurants and boutiques as well as a few golf courses.

It takes just ten minutes to drive to Blenheim town centre from Blenheim Airport, taking route 6 eastbound. The town is small and easy to navigate with plenty of parking spaces. On the outskirts of town you’re likely to find some free spaces whilst the majority of central spots work on a pay and display system.

Mount Richmond Forest Park

Mount Richmond Forest Park sits between Blenheim and Nelson. It’s a mountainous region with lots of exciting outdoor activities to enjoy. You can go hiking, mountain biking or camp out under the stars. Fishing and kayaking are also popular sports here. Whether you’re planning a leisurely stroll or something more energetic, you’ll be treated to lots of spectacular scenery along the way.

It takes about 80 minutes to drive from Blenheim Airport to Mount Richmond Forest Park, taking route 6 west from the airport. From route 6, you’ll find roads that lead into the park and to car parks. Many of the roads and tracks through the park are used by forestry contractors so it’s worth checking the park website for any road closures at the time of your visit.

Marlborough Sounds

Marlborough Sounds is a unique landscape made up of sunken river valleys filled by the Pacific Ocean. Visitors will find stunning scenery, with forested hills rising up out of the sea, lots of sandy beaches and wildlife too. You can go hiking, picnicking or go kayaking.

Marlborough Sounds is around 30 minutes’ drive from Blenheim Airport. Drivers should take route 6 into Blenheim and then pick up route 1 heading north. Roads around the Sounds are very scenic but also narrow and winding so allow plenty of time for your journey. There aren’t many petrol stations close to the Sounds so it’s worth filling up in Blenheim if you need to.

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