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The best deals on up to 30 car rental brands at Blenheim Airport

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Car Hire Options at Blenheim Airport

There's a range of car hire companies operating at Blenheim Airport. Big-name international companies like Avis and Hertz are trusted and familiar, but there are also independent local brands, many offering very competitive prices. The good news is that you'll find them all here.

We bring together all the leading rental vehicle brands, as well as many of the independents - meaning you don't have waste time trawling the Internet for options or pay exorbitant walk-up prices at the airport rental counter. Book now and save!

To maximise your savings it's a good idea to book your car early, especially for travel during peak periods. Just put your travel details into the Quote box at the top of the page to instantly compare a huge choice of vehicles at the very best prices.

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On-Airport Rental Brands

"On-Airport" means these rental companies have check-in desks within the airport terminal.

The big advantage of this for you is convenience and speed. Once you've checked in you can jump in your car and get going. No waiting around for transfer vans.

But it does come at a cost. Invariably the fees are higher than off airport rental companies to offset the costs of being at the airport. 

You'll find the rental car counters for on-airport operators located next to the arrivals area on the ground floor.

On-airport car rental brands:

  • Avis
  • Budget
  • Europcar
  • Keddy
  • Hertz
  • Thrifty
  • Bliss

Off-Airport Rental Brands

"Off-Airport" means that these car rental companies don't have check-in desks within the airport terminals and so you need to make your way to their depot.

Most provide free shuttle services and will collect you from the terminal. This is arranged when you make your booking & you'll need to let them know when you've arrived.

Whilst off-airport options aren't as fast or convenient as on-airport rentals, they usually are cheaper.

Below are the off-airport operators we offer:

  • Omega Rentals
  • Big Value
  • Auto-Europe

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Blenheim Airport Car Rental Tips

Location, location...

Compare prices of on-airport and off-airport brands. If you're not in a big rush, hiring a vehicle from off-airport rental depots can result in substantial savings. It does mean however you will have to take extra time with the shuttle transfer. Transfers are  usually complimentary, but limited to opening hours, so check when you book.


Petrol Stations

Stop at a nearby petrol station and top up the tank before returning your vehicle. The extra 5 or 10 minutes this takes will definitely save you money.

If you return the car with the tank not full then the rental company will charge a high price to top up the tank. These charges can be excessive, such as a $2.50 a litre surcharge on top of the fuel cost. Not a nice surprise to later find this charge on your credit card.

The closest petrol stations are: 

  • G.A.S. - 50 High Street, Renwick
  • PAK'n'SAVE Fuel - 1 Westwood Avenue, Springlands

Average rental duration

  • January 7 days
  • February 7 days
  • March 6 days
  • April 6 days
  • May 5 days
  • June 5 days
  • July 5 days
  • August 5 days
  • September 5 days
  • October 5 days
  • November 6 days
  • December 10 days

Why Rent a Car

One of the key reasons for renting a car when you’re visiting Blenheim is the freedom and flexibility it offers. 

With a rental car you’re free to explore at your own pace and on your schedule - not someone else’s. 

There is no bus service between the airport and Blenheim which is 9 km from the airport. So your options are rent a a car or take a taxi or shuttle service.

The current cost of a one way trip by shuttle from the airport to central Blenheim is $20. The trip takes 15 to 20 minutes.

Taxis are another option. They give travel flexibility but relying on them can quickly become painfully expensive as fares add up.  A one-way taxi ride into town will cost you between $23 and $42, depending on traffic. A $5 airport fee also applies.

Low daily rental rates plus unlimited kilometres means that hiring a rental car is usually your most cost effective option and allows you to make the most of your limited time.

We offer some suggestions at the bottom of the page about places around Blenheim you might want to visit. Having a rental car makes getting to them easy.

Average economy rental price

  • January $65
  • February $69
  • March $58
  • April $50
  • May $45
  • June $46
  • July $44
  • August $43
  • September $43
  • October $53
  • November $57
  • December $68

Average rental duration

  • January 7 days
  • February 7 days
  • March 6 days
  • April 6 days
  • May 5 days
  • June 5 days
  • July 5 days
  • August 5 days
  • September 5 days
  • October 5 days
  • November 6 days
  • December 10 days

Attractions Near Blenheim

A rental car gives you the freedom and flexibility to make the most of your time exploring Blenheim and surrounding areas. Here are a few of the many attractions around Marlborough you might like to consider checking out. For plenty more ideas, check out the Marlborough Tourism website....

Wineries

Sunny Marlborough is the biggest winegrowing region in the country - three-quarters of our wine comes from here, including nearly all New Zealand Sauvignon Blanc! Brancott Estate pioneered sauvignon blanc in the region, while Villa Maria is a household name for good reason. So if you’re a vino connoisseur, prepare to be wowed.

Whether you choose to cycle around, take a guided tour, or self-drive in a rental car, there are 100 plus wineries and dozens of cellar doors on offer to choose from. Find out just what sets Marlborough’s wine apart, from Sauvignon to Pinot Noir, Chardonnay to Cuvee, Pinot Gris to Riesling. Try some new varieties, too - some are only available for purchase at the cellar door.

(It’s worth fitting in a trip to a distillery or brewery as well, since Marlborough also produces its fair share of beers and even fruit brandies and liqueurs.)

Viticulture in Marlborough tends to be both technologically innovative and environmentally conscious. Eco-credentials are essential around here; Yealands Estate has been designed as the world's most sustainable winery. Wither Hills is well down the road to fully organic production.

Great wine should be paired with great food and Marlborough won’t disappoint on that front either. Lunch alfresco among the vines; the wineries offer a broad range of menus to suit all tastes. Seafood is a real strength in this region, which is spoilt with bountiful salmon, mussels, oysters and crayfish. You can even pick your own fruit at local orchards in the summer, or shop for local produce and honey at the farmer’s market.

And if you happen to be visiting in February, be sure to get along to the annual Marlborough Wine and Food Festival. It’s a gourmet extravaganza of epic proportions and not to be missed. Marlborough truly is a hub for foodies and wine lovers - there’s no doubt about it.


Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre

Where else can you see Sir Peter Jackson’s own collection of WW1 aircraft? This treasured private collection features one-of-a-kind displays in the Knights of the Sky exhibition, brought to life by Weta Workshop and Wingnut Films.

Here you’ll find the only remaining Caproni Ca 22 in the world; an aircraft known as the ‘Flying Boat’, and the much-photographed ‘aeroplane in a tree’ display with a biplane that’s been tangled up in a dogfight

Along with aircraft, this Omaka museum showcases artifacts from famous aviation figures, from both sides of WW1 - think uniforms, handkerchiefs, photographs - including the Red Baron himself.

Among the Great War aviation memorabilia are items such as badges and embroidery sent home by pilots to their loved ones, adding a human touch to the stories told here. There are objects crafted from battlefield materials (shell cartridges and propellers) too, which add a further personal dimension.

After all that you might feel the urge to get a bit more hands-on, and that’s where the vintage Boeing Stearman comes in - joyrides with helmet and goggles included!

There are also artifacts that actually pre date the Great War on display - acting as an indicator of just how far the aviation industry has come within a relatively short time period.

The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is also the home of the Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow - an event held every few second year that includes a weekend schedule of action-packed flying and pyrotechnics. It’s guaranteed to impress, with the next show slated for Easter 2017.

You’ll find the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre located at the historic Omaka Aerodrome, just a few minutes drive from the town centre of Blenheim with your rental car.

Molesworth Station

Molesworth Station is well worth the trip from Blenheim! The drive in your rental car begins through rich winegrowing regions before heading towards the Pacific coast, where the roads hug the water’s edge, before heading back inland to the high country of southern Marlborough. As you travel along the Acheron Road you’ll see interpretation panels adorned with visitor information

The land here is full of extremes, with sprawling views over the wide Awatere Valley, to tussocked slopes and towering mountains. Likewise, the weather here at Molesworth varies from sweltering summers to freezing winters.

Administered by the Department of Conservation, Molesworth Farm itself blends a working farm (said to be New Zealand’s largest, running the country's biggest herd of beef cattle) with tourism and recreation.

The landscapes and natural features of Molesworth Station lend themselves to many outdoor pursuits. There are many walking tracks to explore, from short jaunts to muti-day hikes and no shortage of great picnic spots. Good trout and salmon fishing can be had in the local rivers, streams and lakes, too. Note that fishing is only allowed during certain months and you’ll need to obtain a licence from Fish and Game New Zealand. For the daring, there’s rafting in the summer starting from the Acheron River and following along the Clarence River; you’ll need time to spare as trips are multi-day experiences, usually four days.

You may opt to carry on to Hanmer Springs afterwards, or simply camp overnight - there are campsites near Molesworth Cob Cottage and Acheron Accommodation House, both historic buildings. These old homesteads are visitor attractions in their own right!

When travelling to Molesworth Station be sure to call DOC to check that the road is open as conditions can change rapidly and access can be closed at short notice due to bad weather.


Cycling

When in Marlborough you can certainly take your pick of scenic riding options - there’s a multitude of trails and routes within a stone’s throw (or at least an easy drive) from Blenheim.

Cycle along the ocean’s edge or riverbanks, through verdant vineyards (there’s even the annual 101km Forrest Estate Graperide, if that tickles your fancy), down long flat straights, or tackle some of the high country trails. A bike tour of wineries at your own pace, stopping for refreshments along the way, is a quintessential Blenheim holiday experience. The weather is generally cooperative, so odds are the sun will be shining and the wind in your hair.

For a more active undertaking, there are plenty of mountain bike trails awaiting discovery.

The dedicated 40 hectare mountain biking park at Wither Hills offers trails for all levels. The Taylor River Trail is an easy mountain bike ride ideal for a family day out, extending from Burleigh Bridge to the Taylor Dam Reserve and connecting up with the Wither Hills Farm Park. Meanwhile, Conders Bend Mountain Bike Park - found next to the Wairau River - comprises about 6 kms of mostly flat track through the forest. Then there’s the Rarangi Pump Track, a family-friendly circuit by the beach and playground - again, suited to all ages and levels.

Alternatively, why not head further afield in your hired car toward Nelson Lakes National Park? Just 90 minutes drive away from Blenheim, you’ll find a number of new and upgraded tracks that will appeal to all skill levels.

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