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What major events and festivals are held in Blenheim?
Marlborough Wine and Food Festival
The longest-running festival of its kind held in New Zealand, the Marlborough Wine and Food Festival provides the perfect opportunity to get to know more about the region’s popular food and wine scenes. Held annually in Blenheim on the second Saturday in February, the festival sees local wine producers, leading chefs and producers descend on Brancott Vineyard for a day of great food and wine. The festival also features a program of masterclasses, live music, competitions and more, making for a great day out. If you’re thinking about attending the festival, be sure to book your accommodation and Auckland to Blenheim flights early to ensure you find the best rates for your travel dates.
Yealands Classic Fighters Omaka Airshow
Held at the Omaka Aerodrome in Blenheim, the Yealands Classic Fighters Omaka Airshow is a must-see event for history buffs and aircraft enthusiasts alike. Taking place biennially over the Easter long weekend, the airshow sees an array of vintage aircraft take to the sky, performing daring stunts and taking part in fascinating displays. See aircraft used in both world wars, machines from the ‘Golden Age’ of aviation and an assortment of military and civilian vehicles that help to set the scene. Each incarnation of the airshow has a different theme, meaning that each event offers something different to see and discover. Some previous themes have included women in aviation, the ANZACs, the 1920s and 30s, and World War II.
What are the top things to see and do in Blenheim?
Upton Oaks Garden
Thoughtfully designed to complement the style of the nearby Victorian-era villa and 1850s guest cottage, Upton Oaks Garden is a beautiful green space that’s well worth discovering during a stay in Blenheim. Consisting of several different areas and garden rooms, you’ll find spectacular blooms, manicured lawns and perfectly maintained hedges throughout the grounds. Take a stroll through the 17th century-style Knot Garden, explore the rustic olive grove or spend some time discovering why the garden has been celebrated as a ‘Garden of National Significance’ by the NZ Gardens Trust.
If you’re interested in learning more about the history of the Marlborough region once your cheap flights from Auckland to Blenheim arrive, be sure to add a visit to the Marlborough Museum to your holiday itinerary. Showcasing an assortment of artefacts and retelling the stories of the people and events that shaped the area, there’s plenty to see and explore throughout the museum. Learn more about the history of the Marlborough wine region, see archaeological artefacts dating back centuries or spend some time discovering how people lived in the Victorian era.
Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre
Home to Sir Peter Jackson’s personal collection of authentic World War I aircraft, the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is a great place to visit if you’d like to learn more about aviation history and the way that flight technology has evolved over time. Visually stunning sets and realistic dioramas help to bring the stories of the aircraft to life, with each of the museum’s exhibitions focusing on a different era of wartime aeronautic history. The Knights of the Sky shares the stories of World War I, while Dangerous Skies transports visitors to the battlefields of World War II. Explore the museum at your own pace or book a joy flight once you secure your Auckland to Blenheim flights for an experience quite unlike any other.
What’s the best way to get around Blenheim?
While there is plenty to see and do in central Blenheim, you’ll find that many of the town’s major attractions are located beyond easy walking distance of the city centre. If you’d like the freedom to explore the town without having to wait for public transport or use taxi and rideshare services, consider hiring a vehicle for the duration of your time in Blenheim. The range of cars available to rent at Marlborough Airport isn’t extensive, so be sure to secure your vehicle of choice ahead of time when you book your flights from Auckland to Blenheim. Rental cars are available to book with Webjet at the same time you secure your flights.
If you’re set to stay in the heart of Blenheim, be sure to add a pair of comfortable walking shoes to your packing list. The centre of Blenheim is quite easy to navigate on foot, allowing you to explore at your own pace. Wander from your accommodation to nearby restaurants, shops and more, and get to know what sets the South Island town apart.
If you don’t drive or plan to only make short trips across the town during your stay, the local taxi service may be a good transport option for you. Taxi fares will vary based on the length of each journey, but making use of the service may be cheaper than hiring a car, especially if you’re hoping to explore primarily on foot before heading home on your Blenheim to Auckland flights.
Frequently asked questions
What is the flight time from Auckland to Blenheim?
Direct flights from Auckland to Blenheim are typically 1 hour 30 minutes in duration.
Are there direct flights from Auckland to Blenheim?
Yes, direct flights between Auckland and Blenheim are available.
What airlines fly from Auckland to Blenheim?
Flights from Auckland to Blenheim are currently serviced by Air New Zealand.