About Blenheim Woodbourne Airport (BHE)
Address: Terminal Building, Blenheim, 7206, Xx
Blenheim Woodbourne Airport (BHE), more commonly called Marlborough Airport, is situated 8 km (4.8 mi) west of the town of Blenheim in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. A modest range of on-site major brand names, such as Avis, Budget, Hertz, and Thrifty, provide airport car rentals.
Although Blenheim is the most populated town in the Marlborough region of the South Island, the settlement of 30,000 doesn’t have any traffic lights — most intersections are controlled by roundabouts. Moreover, there’s virtually no public transportation to speak of. This should tell you that (A) you’ll need to rent a car in order to get around, and (B) getting around Blenheim isn’t going to be very difficult.
Blenheim is roughly 10 km (6 mi) south of Picton, where you’ll find the ferry service to and from Wellington. Other popular destinations in the region include Havelock, Renwick, and St. Arnaud — all within an hour’s drive. State Highway 1 is the link to Christchurch, 309 km (181 mi) south down the west coast. Generally speaking, this is wine country, with sunny skies and wide-open spaces. Your main driving concerns will be distances and route planning. With a terrific amount of natural beauty in all directions, the Marlborough region is ideal for taking in some scenic views from the comfort of your car hire.
Choosing your car
Getting a great deal on a Blenheim Airport car hire is as simple as answering a question: What kind of vehicle is going to suit my needs? Holden economy 3-door coupes are ideal for the budget-minded travelers. For couples and small families with moderate gear, compact Toyota sedans are the most affordable choice. Mazda fullsize sedans are great for highway driving. Kia SUVs are made for all-purpose driving. Kia 7-9 seater minivans were designed to move people and cargo at the lowest possible expense.
Tips and advice
New Zealand vehicles travel on the left side of the road.
The national default speed limit is 100 km/h; however, with many winding roads and twisting curves, you should estimate a general travel time of 70 km/h.
The majority of roads in New Zealand are two-lane, while most bridges are one-lane. Right of way across the bridges will be determined by one of two signs. A white triangle with a red border that reads “Give Way”, or a blue sign with two arrows facing opposite directions. The bigger arrow indicates right of way.
Some rental cars in New Zealand are equipped with manual transmission, and some are automatic. Book as far in advance as possible to make sure you get a car with automatic, if necessary. Many first-time visitors to New Zealand say they wished they’d asked for a car with automatic, which makes mountain driving much less of a challenge.
If your airport car rental doesn’t include online GPS, ask for it. You’ll be glad you did.
One of the common issues for drivers from right side driving countries isn’t staying in the left lane, it’s re-entering the road after having stopped at a service station or scenic attraction. It may take a while to get used to it.