Driving from Christchurch
Traveling to Marlborough for the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival is going to be easier than ever for Cantabrians as State Highway 1 is re-open from the 15th of December, 2018!
Creating the perfect opportunity to make a long weekend of your trip north, stop off in Kaikoura for a cuppa to support the local businesses that will be welcoming visitors with open arms after a challenging past year before carrying on to Marlborough for our best day out!
Here’s what you can expect along the reconstructed coastal road…
Inland Route 70 | Waiau – Kaikoura: Open 24/7
SH1 South | Christchurch – Kaikoura: Road open daily from 15 Dec, closed at night.
SH1 North | Kaikoura – Blenheim: Road open daily from 15 Dec, closed at night.
Alternate Route | Christchurch – Blenheim: Via Lewis Pass , state highways 7, 65, 6 and 63.
Before you hit the road be sure to plan your journey and check the NZ Transport Agency updates or call 0800 4 HIGHWAYS (0800 44 44 49)
Wanting to Fly?
If you go with Sounds Air, take a look at their in flight magazine and you’ll see us!
Sail from Wellington
The brilliant team at Interislander are a Premier Sponsor of the Festival and we’re going to be giving away a HEAP of travel with them over the next month so keep an eye out on our Facebook page. You’ll get to relax on this three hour journey and see some stunning sights as you come through the Marlborough Sounds. Once you arrive in Picton, it’s just a 30 minute drive through to Blenheim.
Getting to the Festival once you’re here
Bus: Ritchies look after the buses for us and we will post the map closer to the time on our Festival info page. There will be two pick up points in Blenheim town. Tickets can be purchased at the bus stops for $20 return. No one way tickets are available.
Helicopter: The team at Precision Helicopters will be providing transfers from Omaka once again. What better way to start off your Festival day than a beautiful flight over the vineyards of Marlborough and the Festival site.
Drive: If you drive you’ll of course need a sober driver. There will be breath testing for all cars leaving the car park and Festival site so don’t even think about it! Car parking is available for $5 which goes to Lions Club Blenheim and we run shuttles from the car park to the Festival entrance throughout the day.
Taxi or Shuttle: You’ll definitely need to book these in advance. Marlborough Taxis: 03-577 5511
To top off your planning, you’ll need to get your tickets too! Its super easy to purchase them online with Ticketek.