Blenheim Airport Car Rental Deals
Big savings on car hire at Blenheim Airport
Compare the best Blenheim Airport car rental deals from multiple rental brands. Avis, Hertz, Budget, Thrifty, Europcar, Omega, Ezi & more.
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Car Hire Options at Blenheim Airport
There's a number of car hire companies operating at Blenheim Airport. Big-name international brands like Avis and Hertz are well known and trusted. There are also independent local brands offering competitive prices.
The good news is that you'll find them here and can easily compare their best deals.
This means you don't have waste time trawling the Internet looking for options. Or have to pay exorbitant walk-up prices at the airport rental counter.
On-Airport Rental Brands
At Blenheim almost all car rental companies are on-airport. "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.
You'll find the rental car counters for on-airport operators located next to the arrivals area on the ground floor.
On-airport brands we offer:
Off-Airport Rental Brands
"Off-Airport" companies don't have check-in desks within the airport. This means you'll need to make your way to their depot to check in and collect your car.
Most provide free shuttle services and will collect you from the terminal. This gets arranged when you make your booking & you'll need to let them know when you've arrived.
Off-airport car hire options aren't as fast or convenient as using on-airport car rentals. But the big advantage is they are usually cheaper.
The off-airport brand we offer is:
Maximum Choice. Best Deals.
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Blenheim Airport Car Hire Tips
Driving from the airport
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 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 $25. 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 $21 and $40, 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.
Return with a full tank
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
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....
Sunny Marlborough is the biggest wine-growing 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 artefacts 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 artefacts that pre-date the Great War on display, indicating 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 — a weekend of action-packed flying and pyrotechnics usually held every second year over the Easter holidays.
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 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. Helpful visitor information is clearly posted all along the Acheron Road.
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 remains a working farm (said to be New Zealand’s largest, running the country's biggest herd of beef cattle) while also being a tourism and recreation attraction.
The landscapes and natural features of Molesworth Station lend themselves to many outdoor pursuits. There are a large number of walking tracks to explore, from short jaunts to multi-day hikes, with 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.
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, down long flat straights, or tackle some of the high country trails. If your timing is right, join in the annual 101km Forrest Estate Graperide, if that tickles your fancy. 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 km 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 from Blenheim, you’ll find a number of new and upgraded tracks that will appeal to all skill levels.