Blenheim is a small town with no traffic lights and just two local bus routes covering most of the city. Travel by hire car or bike in and around Blenheim itself, and take advantage of the Intercity buses that connect Blenheim to Picton, Nelson, and Christchurch. Taxis are available to book for short or long journeys.
The Blenheim Bus’s two routes – North Route and South Route – operate Monday to Friday from 9am -3pm and cover a basic loop of the town. The North Route stops off at the I-site visitor centrer located at Blenheim Railway Station. Hop on at any stop. The fares are NZ$2 for adults, NZ$1 for children, and free for children 4 and under $1 a journey, adults $2. Under 5s free. Timetable and route map are available from the visitor’s centrer. Intercity provides several daily services from Blenheim to Picton/Nelson/Kaikoura and beyond from NZ$10 per person, bookable in advance from www.intercity.co.nz. Coaches leave from the I-site visitor centrer.
Taxis sometimes hover around Blenheim Station but booking in advance is recommended. Telephone Marlborough Taxis at (03) /577- 5511 for local journeys and daytrips. Blenheim Taxis (tel. 0800/802-225 or 03/578-0225) serves Blenheim, Picton, and the Sounds. It has cars, 10-seater vans, and a wheelchair hoist available.
By Water Taxi
Picton doesn't have a local bus system, but water taxis from the Cougar Line (tel. 0800/504-090 in NZ, or 03/573-7925; www.cougarlinecruises.co.nz) provide regular service throughout Queen Charlotte Sound. Endeavour Express (tel. 03/573-5456; www.boatrides.co.nz) also has regular service; or call West Bay Water Transport (tel. 03/573-5597; www.westbay.co.nz) each way.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.