For the 90% of you who are coming to the Saint Clair Vineyard Half from outside Marlborough and across the world, we’ve put some info together on getting to the best little province in the best little country in the whole world, in the whole universe (we’ve been taking lessons in hyperbole from an 8-year-old).
Marlborough 101: How to Get Here The Insiders Guide
Auckland: You have no idea how much we love you. And we know you love our wine. Best tip? Grab four of your best mates, fly to Nelson for $118 return, jump in a car from Omega Rentals (they’ve got a special rate for race-goers) and cruise over the hill. By our calculation, that should save you around $270, which you can now spend on wine and food, that’s WINE and FOOD! If you want to save even more, you could possibly catch Jetstar for $35. After all, $35 is $35… And If you want to fly directly to Blenheim, there are still plenty of seats available with Air New Zealand. OMEGA RENTALS DEAL: Omega Rentals are offering race goers a 10% discount on rental cars booked online or over the phone. To do this, use the promo code vinehalf when you’re booking. This offer is available from all Omega Rentals locations…
Canterbury: The main road north is now open! We’ve been hearing a bit about the redesign Mother Nature has made on the coastal road, and we’ve heard it’s awesome. So grab a car-full of your besties, jump in the car and cruise on up. Don’t forget to check in with Kaikoura, who are well and truly OPEN, and have been so resilient this past year.
Lower North Island: Dolphins. Who doesn’t love dolphins? Catch the Interislander, grab a glass of Marlborough wine and relax on the way over. You’ll almost certainly see dolphins. Then there’s the added bonus of the breathtaking scenes of Tory Channel, the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds. Interislander is offering a special deal for Vineyard Half entrants – use the promo code SCVHM181 when making your booking. If you’re pushed for time, Sounds Air offers direct flights from Paraparaumu and Wellington to both Blenheim and Picton for a flat rate of $99…
Hawkes Bay/Central North Island: Did you know you can fly directly from Napier or Taupo to Blenheim and back with Sounds Air? It’s the perfect opportunity to take in the vines and sample the wines of the true wine capital of NZ… Whichever way you make your way to the best little race around, we can’t wait to see you. We’ll be ready and waiting with your Saint Clair wine, some delicious Marlborough eats, and an itinerary to set you up for the best weekend ever.
See you on May 12. P.S. Now that you’ve decided to take on the challenge, you might like to look here for some accommodation options, and check back here to stay up to date on the progress on State Highway 1.