We recommend you source accommodation well in advance, as the hotels and motels will fill up very quickly.
ROAD ACCESS FROM CHRISTCHURH
A few things have changed with the main road south of Marlborough but there is still good access via State Hwy 6 to Murchison and on via State Hwy 63 through St Arnaud.
The self-drive and coach route between Christchurch and Picton, Picton and Nelson and Nelson to Christchurch provides a convenient top of the South Loop with plenty of attractions on the way.
Marlborough Tour Company and Sounds Connection will be operating bus services during the air show.
Buses will be operating from the following pick-up points:
BLENHEIM: Ticket cost per day: $10 return from Blenheim
3:00 pm Seymour Square Bus Stop
3:10pm Springlands Supermarket, Middle Renwick Rd
4:00 pm Seymour Square Bus Stop
4:10pm Springlands Supermarket, Middle Renwick Rd
Return at 8:00pm
Saturday & Sunday
8.30am Seymour Square Bus Stop
8.40am Springlands Supermarket, Middle Renwick Rd
9.30am Seymour Square Bus Stop
9.40am Springlands Supermarket, Middle Renwick Rd
Return at 4:30pm
PICTON: Ticket cost per day: $35 return from Picton (half price for children)
Saturday & Sunday
9.00am Wellington St Bus stop
Book your tickets here
Mobility Scooters and bikes to hire
1 day, 2 day, 3 day
Go to www.bikemarlborough.co.nz to register
Campervans at Classic Fighters
Space is available for campervans and self-contained camping.
Few facilities are available, so there will be no power or water. Port-a-loos will be provided.
Cost is $30 for the weekend and is only available in conjunction with a 3-day Classic Fighters ticket (either general admission or Gold Pass).
There will be two camping locations, one off Aerodrome Road and the other via access from the Wither Road extension. Please follow the directions of official personnel and signposts. Camping outside the designated areas will not be permitted.
Please ensure your camping e-ticket remains visible on your dashboard, so that Classic Fighters staff can check it easily.
Access is open from Thursday evening, 2nd April and all camping sites must be vacated on or by Monday April 6th.
Please note that the airfield will be closed to the public on Thursday ‘set-up day’ for safety reasons.
We anticipate a dry summer, so a total fire ban is likely. No outdoor cooking will be permitted.
Click here to purchase your camping ticket.
The camping sites at Classic Fighters are now fully subscribed but there are some great alternatives close by. Please click here for more details. https://www.mhftowns.com/events/yealands-classic-fighters-2017/
Flying Into Omaka
Pilots should refer to details printed in Jan/Feb 2015 Vector magazine. A link to the online publication can be found here.
The New Riverside Railway
On all 3 days, a morning passenger train will depart from Beaver Station (next to the River Queen) in central Blenheim to take people to the Air Show. This train will have capacity for 100 passengers, will depart at 8.50am and arrive at Omaka at 9.20am. One way fares. Adults $10. Children $5.
On all 3 days, a passenger train will depart from the Air Show (Omaka Station) to return people to Beaver Station in central Blenheim. This train will have capacity for 100 passengers, will depart at 4.30pm. and arrive at 5.00pm. One way fares. Adults $10. Children $5. Pick-ups and drop-offs can be allowed at intermediate points.
On all 3 days, trains will run between Omaka Station and Brayshaw Park Station every half hour, between 9.00am and 5.00pm. Return Fares. Adults $6, Children $3.
Cash only please as eftpos is NOT available
For background on the region and accommodation options in Marlborough see the website www.marlboroughnz.com
or contact the local i-sites, who offer a friendly booking service.
Blenheim i-SITE Visitor Centre
Blenheim Railway Station, SH1
Phone: 0800 777 181 (free within NZ) +64 3 577 8080
Fax: +64 3 577 8079
Picton i-SITE Visitor Centre
Phone: 0800 777 181 (free NZ) +64 3 520 3113 Fax: +64 3 573 5021