Transport in and out of Blenheim
Interislander
The 92 km journey between Wellington and Picton takes only 3 hours with the Interislander and has been described as "one of the most beautiful ferry rides in the world". Interislander operates 3 vessels, including the fast ferry Lynx.
Bluebridge
The Bluebridge ferry is owned by Strait Shipping, a 100% New Zealand owned and managed shipping business that has operated a Cook Strait ferry service since 1992.
Air New Zealand
Air New Zealand operates an extensive air service to Blenheim's Marlborough Airport with direct flights from Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.
Sounds Air
Locally owned and operated, Sounds Air is based at Picton Airport. Sounds Air links the North and South Islands of New Zealand between Wellington and Blenheim, Paraparaumu and Blenheim, and Wellington and Picton.
Air2There
With terminals at Paraparaumu Beach Airport, Nelson Airport and Marlborough Airport, Air2There is a regional air service for central New Zealand.
Marlborough Airport
Marlborough Airport is a busy regional airport co-located with RNZAF Base Woodbourne in the sunny Wairau Valley on the north-eastern corner of the South Island of New Zealand.
TranzScenic Railway
New Zealand's only passenger rail company combines world famous scenic train journeys with quality facilities and comfort.
InterCity Coach
InterCity Group (NZ) Limited is a privately owned passenger transport and tourism company that operates New Zealand's largest coach transportation network.
Atomic Shuttles
Based in New Zealand's South Island, Atomic Shuttles operate two daily return services from Christchurch to Picton and Blenheim, and one daily return service from Greymouth through Nelson to Picton and Blenheim.
It's a Fact...
FOUNDING FATHER
Acknowledged as Kaikoura's founding father, Captain Robert Fyffe established the first whaling station in the area in 1842. Fyffe had worked for a number of years as a whaler in the Marlborough Sounds. However, disappointed with results, he moved south to establish the Kaikoura station "Waiopuka", building huts and sheds, and employing forty men. Other whaling stations soon followed, but as whale numbers declined, whaling became uneconomic.
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