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Marlborough Express article

This article was published recently in the Marlborough express, and we thought that it might be of interest to future travellers, please note that we are available for free pick-ups from Airport, train and bus station, and from Picton for a small charge. We have no problems at all with late arrivals.


The message that there is still plenty to do in Marlborough without a a car is getting picked up, Destination Marlborough says.

General manager Tracey Johnston said the regional tourism organisation was encouraging visitors to still take their travel as planned despite the disruption to the Cook Strait ferry service with the Awatere out of action since November 5 after a driveshaft snapped and a propeller fell off.

Mrs Johnston said it was important that people planning to travel to Marlborough via the ferries realised there were still walk-on passenger tickets  available and pockets of availability for cars.

"We're encouraging people to still cross on the ferry but giving them all the reasons why it's still easy to plan and follow through on their summer holiday.

Destination Marlborough was contributing to a national effort being co-ordinated by the Tourism Industry Association, and Mrs Johnston said it was important for Destination Marlborough to reinforce the positives of still being able to holiday in Marlborough during summer.

We are fortunate that we're an easy access destination: there are planes, trains, ferries and automobiles.

So far the effects of the limited ferry service were mainly being felt by operators being rung by guests to say they would be arriving late. But delays were better than cancellations she said.

"If we all do our bit, then we'll get through the summer.

Destination Marlborough had worked with Port Marlborough and the ferry companies to ensure extra parking facilities would be available in Picton if needed.

"We're doing everything we can to keep that flow open."

The pleasures of Marlborough and the Sounds were able to be enjoyed without cars, the Destination Marlborough message goes.

"You definitely don't need your car for a day's fishing, diving or kayaking in the Marlborough Sounds, or to walk or bike the Queen Charlotte Track." Acess to the Sounds is a short walk along the picturesque Picton waterfront to jump on to a water taxi, the mail boat or float plane, or to grab a kayak, hire a boat or catch a cruise." It extols boat- only access lodges or baches in the Sounds and mountain biking around the regions wineries, vineyards, breweries and gourmet food producers.

"Guided wine tours of the world-famous Marlborough wine region take all the hassle out of having to navigate and worry about drinking and driving while sampling some of the world's greatest wines.

"You don't even need your own car to explore New Zealand's largest working farm - Molesworth Station, with options to go on a 4WD safari, horse trek, or mountainbike. Or see Marlborough from a different angle taking a scenic flight on a biplane after exploring the extraordinary Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre - home to Sir Peter jacksons phenomenal collection of WW1 aircraft and memorabilia.

Posted by Henry Maxwells on 24th November, 2013 | Comments | Trackbacks
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