Getting to Marlborough couldn’t be easier with so many ways to travel!
By road – If coming from the South, State Highway 1 is a scenic route with many attractions along the way, driving time of 4 hours 30 minutes from Christchurch or 1 hour 45 minutes from Kaikoura. If coming from the West, State Highway 6 or 63 are the most popular routes, driving time of 1 hour 45 minutes from Nelson.
Once you’re here, Marlborough is an ideal place to explore by road, with little traffic and lots of scenery. Picton, Blenheim are linked by State Highway 1, but there are plenty of other roads to explore. Much of Marlborough’s stunning landscape is accessible by vehicle, with brilliant scenic drives taking you to a range of towns, valleys, hills, mountains and coastlines across the province.
By air – Arrive by air and get a bird’s eye view of the intricate waterways of the Marlborough Sounds, the stunning mountains at the tip of the Southern Alps, the braided strands of the beautiful Wairau River, and an ocean of grapevines in the valleys.
Marlborough Airport is a 20 minute flight from Wellington International Airport and a five minute drive to Blenheim. You can also fly into Koromiko Airport halfway between Picton and Blenheim. Either way, you’ll get a Brilliant view of Marlborough’s landscapes, from snowy peaks to sunken Sounds.
Two airlines fly direct to the region. Air New Zealand fly to Marlborough Airport from Auckland and Wellington. Sounds Air fly to Marlborough Airport from Christchurch, Wellington, Napier and Paraparaumu, and also from Wellington to Picton Airport (Koromiko).
By Ferry – Island hop with Bluebridge and save heaps
You’ll love getting to and from the Spirted Women – All Women’s Adventure Race on one of Bluebridge’s two ferries. They sail downtown Wellington to the Sounds 50 times a week. Your adventure will start when you step on board. This must-do journey takes about 3.5 hours during which you’ll see some of the world’s most breath-taking scenery. Bluebridge is famous for their warm Kiwi hospitality and better value fares every day. They’re giving you and your supporters a whopping 25% off any of their most flexible, 100% refundable and changeable passenger and vehicle fares. So you can take your own car to make life easier or walk-on and grab a rental on the other side. Your ticket includes free WiFi and movies plus you’ll earn Airpoints Dollars™. Simply use promo code ADVENTURE when you book online or call 0800 844 844. Valid for bookings by 14 April 2021 for travel from 7 to 14 April 2021. Tc&Cs apply.
Accommodation options include apartments, Bed and Breakfast, DOC campgrounds, lodges, Farm stays, Hotels, Motels, Holiday parks, as well as several private accommodation options and beach holiday homes.
Book your accommodation now for Spirited Women, 9th – 11th April 2021.
Extend your stay and enjoy Marlborough!
Destination & activities
Marlborough has 20% of New Zealand’s coastline, woven through the beautiful Marlborough Sounds, and nearly 80% percent of its wine industry, stretched across our valleys. Climb awe inspiring mountains for breath-taking views, plunge into aquifer fed rivers with pure sparkling waters, and devour some of the best gourmet produce in the country. Marlborough is the perfect place for romance, relaxation or adventure, in every season.
Marlborough’s main town, Blenheim, has great cafes, galleries and shops wrapped up within the picturesque Taylor and Opawa rivers, a short distance to the region’s world famous wineries. There’s an abundance of vineyards and cellar doors surrounding Blenheim, so explore the stunning Wairau Valley and discover why the world is in love with Marlborough wine.
It’s no wonder it was chosen to deliver the second annual South Island Spirited Women – All Women’s Adventure Race.
To discover more about this amazing destination, visit their website.
There are a few ways to get your mountain bike to/from Marlborough, by way of vehicle, plane, or courier. Thanks to the local Blenheim bike operators, it is now simple and easy to transport your mountain bike, not only to Blenheim but to and from the bike drop after you arrive! This is optional and designed for women flying into the Marlborough Airport, who have friends/family picking them up or hire a car that isn’t set up for transporting bikes. This service needs to be booked as soon as possible and solely through the bike operators. The bike operators will be offering the following support and assistance with your bikes;
Mountain bike hire
If you would prefer to hire a mountain bike for the event, please get in touch with Andrew at Kiwi Journeys, see contact details below.
Courier Handling – by the local store ahead of the event weekend, included;
- Receipt of couriered bike box from courier
- Storage of this bike box until event weekend
- Handover of bike box back to courier
Note: All bikes must be couriered before Friday 2nd April 2021. This doesn’t include organising the courier at either end, this will need to booked and paid for by the bike owner and at the owner’s expense.
Re-assembling and dis-assembly, included;
- Unpacking your mountain bike from the box and re-assembly before the event
- Storage of your bike box
- Dis-assembly your mountain bike post-event and packaging it back into the bike box ready to travel
Transport of your bike to/from the airport ($35 return), included;
- Collection of the competitors and their bike box from the airport and taken to the bikestore or Blenheim accommodation
- Transport of competitors and bike box from the bikestore / Blenheim accommodation to the airport
Transport of your bike to/from the bike drop ($45 return), included;
- Transport of their bike from their Blenheim accommodation or from Bikefit bikeshop to the bike drop off
- Transportation back to the Bikefit bike store / Blenheim accommodation from the bike drop off
Note: It is the bike owner’s responsibility to fix the bike number plate to the handlebar of their assembled bike at the bike operators premises. We recommend that you collect your bike plate from the event registration, along with the rest of your gift box contents. Straight after registration, head to your bike hire/transport provider to make sizing adjustments/check the bike and attach bike plate, lights, drink bottle, helmet, bike shoe (if using them) before the shop closes on Friday 9th April. No bikes will be transported without bike number plates. All mountain bike shoes, helmets, and drink bottles need to be secured well to the bike or carried by the entrant throughout the event. They will not transport any loose items. NOTE: you will need to give the bike shop your bike collection card to take an image of (in your gift box), as they won’t be able to collect the bike without this. After this, the bike shop can drop off all bikes to the bike drop that evening. The bikes will be located in order of distance Short, Medium, Long and in bike number plate order. The onsite marshals can direct you in the right direction.
On Saturday afternoon/evening, (unless you have made other arrangements) please leave your hire bike at the final bike drop. These will be collected by the bike shop.
To make all bookings, please contact;
Bikefit Marlborough, 24 Market Street, Blenheim
Phone: 03 97 222 39
Contact person: Brent
For online bookings for the above services*, please click here.
Hire bikes – SOLD OUT.
*No bike transportation requirements available through this store. Only those services that can be booked through the above link.
Explore Marlborough, 193 Rapaura Rd, Blenheim
Phone: 0800 397627
Contact person: Karen
Hire bikes – NO HIRE BIKES.
*Only transportation requirements available through this store.
Phone: 03 548 0093
Contact person: Andrew
BIKE HIRE ONLY – LIMITED NUMBER OF MOUNTAIN BIKES. UNTIL SOLD OUT.