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How to Reach

By Train

The TranzCoastal stops in Blenheim, Picton, Seddon and Kaikoura. A fantastic way to see the Kaikoura coast and Marlborough.

By Ferry

Ferries which link the North and South Islands travel between from Wellington to Picton. The ferry journey takes 3 to 3 1/2 hours, the southern portion of which is through the Marlborough Sounds. The ferries take both vehicles and passengers.

By Plane

The largest airport by far is Blenheim Airport at Woodbourne, 10 minutes from Blenheim and 4 minutes from Renwick on State Highway 6. Blenheim Airport is serviced by the Air New Zealand with flights to Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch. The commuter airline Air2there flies to Wellington and Paraparaumu (north of Wellington). Sounds Air, mainly based out of Picton Airport, also has one return flight to Wellington from Woodbourne.

By Car

State Highway 1 runs from Picton south to Blenheim (20 minutes), Seddon (40 minutes from Picton), Kaikoura (2 hours) and Christchurch (4 1/2 hours). Travel to Nelson is either via State Highway 6 from Blenheim (1 1/2 hours) or from Picton via the scenic and windy Queen Charlotte Drive. Travel to the West Coast is from Renwick via St Arnaud (1 1/4 hours).

By Bus

Buses and Shuttle Buses run Picton - Christchurch and Picton - Blenheim - Nelson. Nelson Lakes Shuttles specialise in providing transport for trampers, hikers, climbers, mountain bikers and skiers. They run on demand and scheduled services to St Arnaud, Nelson Lakes National Park, Kahurangi National Park, the Richmond Ranges as well as other tramping destinations further afield.

Key places to visit
Kaikoura, Marlborough Sounds


Places to Visit


Whales off Kaikoura with a spectatular mountain backdrop .

Marlborough Sounds

an aquatic playground with bird and dolphin watching, walking, kayaking and sailing.

Right Time to Visit

January - April
October - December


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