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Explore Marlborough with a car hire from Blenheim Airport
Pick up a Blenheim car rental and find out what makes the largest town in the Marlborough region so spectacular. Amidst the rolling vineyards of the Wairau Valley and the surrounding mountainscapes lies this lovely town with beautiful scenery, great weather and fantastic local food and wine culture. Get out and enjoy this consistently sunny destination, and sample the internationally renowned sauvignon blanc. A Blenheim car hire will also give you easy access to all the other hotspots at the top of the South Island, so secure a deal today.
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Picking up car rental at Blenheim Airport
Blenheim has a busy regional airport where you can fly in direct from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch Airport or Paraparaumu to begin your trip. It is also only a short bus ride from the seaport at Picton, where many travellers take a ship from North Island to South Island to continue a cross-country road trip or start a new one. Marlborough Airport has comfortable passenger facilities, including a cafe and one hour of free WiFi. Car rental desks are located inside the small terminal building, and operating hours are based on flight schedules.
Finding your way around with a car rental in Blenheim
Keep these driving tips in mind when you pick up your car hire from Blenheim Airport.
- The drive from Marlborough Airport to Blenheim town centre is just over 8 kilometres and will take about 11 minutes. Take Tancred Cres to State Highway 6 and follow it all the way to the State Highway 1 turnoff.
- Be careful in mountainous areas, as the roads can be winding and narrow. Slow down, especially on blind corners, and drive to the conditions.
- If you are planning a wine tour and do not have a designated driver, park your Blenheim car rental and get on board with one of the local tour operators.
- There are 1400 public car spaces in Blenheim, with payable rates and time limits during business hours and Saturday mornings. Enjoy free parking during evenings and Sundays. Many spaces offer the first hour free with license plate registration.
Things to see and do with a rental car Blenheim Airport
Take a wine tour
Wine lovers are in for a treat, with numerous options for tasting the local, award-winning drop. From self-guided bicycle tours to van tours and private jet boat tours, you’ll find an outing that suits your style.
Visit Wither Hills Farm Park
Go hiking or biking at this working cattle and sheep farm for some fresh air, exercise and incredible views.
Learn about local history
Pick up your car hire at Blenheim Airport and head to the Marlborough Museum and the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre to learn about the region’s heritage and admire fascinating relics of the past. Don’t miss the Wine Exhibition at the museum!
Sample the local goods
In addition to fabulous wine tastings, you can also head to the local Biergarten (beer garden) to taste craft beer, and visit Makana Confections to enjoy free samples from a boutique chocolate factory.
Top tips for car hire Blenheim Airport
- The cheapest car rentals at Blenheim Airport are not always compact size vehicles. Check for deals by comparing rates across multiple brands in one place. Use our search function for instant comparison.
- If a hybrid/electric car is your preferred Blenheim car hire, book yours well in advance as the selection is limited and demand is growing.
- There is a Blenheim Airport Shuttle service if you are picking up your Blenheim hire car from another destination. Enquire before booking.
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Car rental Blenheim Airport: Frequently asked questions
Is it cheaper to rent a car at the airport or away from the airport?
In some cases, the rates may look cheaper to rent a car away from the airport (also called off airport location or depot), but it is important to cost out the whole rental to do a realistic comparison. The convenience of picking a rental car up as soon as you land may save you the money of getting to another location, as well as the time and energy it takes to add another stop.
Is it better to rent a car in advance or at the airport?
In most cases, it is better to secure your vehicle hire well in advance to get the best rate on rental cars Blenheim airport offers. Type your dates into the search function to compare rates across multiple brands, like Hertz Blenheim Airport, Thrifty Car Rental Blenheim, and many more.
Is it easier to rent a car from the airport?
Picking up a rental car from Blenheim Airport upon landing is often the most convenient way to organise transport.
Can you rent a car and drop it off in another airport?
Yes, you can organise a one-way car hire from Blenheim to another New Zealand destination like Hokitika, Christchurch, Nelson - usually this is another airport location that the supplier also serves. You may opt to start your road trip in Blenheim and drop off the rental car in Greymouth. This may incur an additional one-way fee, with all details reflected on your rental agreement.
How much does it cost to rent a car from Blenheim Airport?
Blenheim airport car rental rates vary depending on season and availability, so the best way to find current rates is to do a search on a comparison website like ours. For a reliable and more accurate rental estimate, type your dates into the search function to instantly see prices across multiple brands, available late model rental cars or vehicle sizes, and other inclusions.
How can I find a car hire near me in Blenheim?
Type your dates into the search function on this page to find available Blenheim airport car rentals. You can also give our friendly customer service team a call.
Which car rental companies in Blenheim have updated their vehicle cleaning and safety policies because of coronavirus (COVID-19)?
The majority of hire car companies serving Blenheim and all of New Zealand have updated their health and safety policies as a result of the pandemic. You can select ‘Enhanced cleaning’ as a filter option when refining your results for car rentals Blenheim Airport to ensure your chosen company completes a thorough car rental disinfection process.