Located at the north-eastern extremity of New Zealand’s South Island, Marlborough is a beautiful region famous for its plentiful sunshine hours as well as being the largest wine growing region in NZ. The largest town in Marlborough is Blenheim and the nearby town of Picton is considered the gateway to the South Island as well as the entrance to the popular tourist attraction Marlborough Sounds, a spectacular series of ‘drowned valleys’ which offer an incredible insight into the interplay between sea, land, light and nature.
If you’re an international visitor wondering how to get to Marlborough then your best bet is to fly into Christchurch before making the 4 and a half hour drive to Marlborough. There are a number of direct flights offered daily by Air New Zealand and Virgin Australia to Christchurch. Departing Cairns, Brisbane, the Gold Coast, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, these flights to Christchurch take between 3 to 10 hours, depending on where you depart from and whether or not they are direct. From Christchurch, take State Highway 1 through Kaikoura, Seddon and Blenheim, arriving in Marlborough and ending at Picton.
If you’ve already been holidaying in New Zealand, getting to Marlborough is easy thanks to a number of domestic flights also available from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to Blenheim and Picton Airport. However, if you’d prefer to enjoy the stunning countryside up close and personal rather than out a tiny plane window, the TranzCoastal rail journey is a fantastic way to see Marlborough and the Kaikoura Coast. Getting to Marlborough by rail is easy and the leisurely journey stops in Kaikoura, Seddon, Picton and Blenheim.
Getting to Marlborough by sea is just as easy thanks to a number of ferries which link the North Island to the South Island. Allowing you to travel between Wellington and Picton, these passenger and vehicle ferry journeys take approximately 3 and a half hours and enjoy a portion of the trip through the spectacular Marlborough Sounds.