We are arriving in Picton by cruise ship on 10 January for the day, & wish to visit the Omaka Aviation Centre near Blenheim. The full day shore excursion offered by our cruise line is very expensive & allows time for a visit to the WW1 display only - this particular excursion has received shocking passenger reviews for other attractions visited on the same excursion. Have looked at hiring a car for the day but also very expensive. And buses depart too early in the day from Picton (our cruise doesn't dock in Picton until 10am). I found only one bus that we could possibly catch, leaving Picton at 1pm (then taxi to Centre from Blenheim?), view the Centre, then back to Blenheim (taxi?), then return bus to Picton - $25 per head each way (there are 4 of us). I haven't found any other excursions that allow us adequate time at the Centre, most focus on wineries, with the Centre a sideline. Any detailed suggestions such as:
(a) efficient & not outrageous costs of transport Picton-Blenheim-Centre return?
(b) any suitable excursion to allow us plenty of time at the Centre?
(c) perhaps a personal guide including transport from Picton return?
Hi Forstergadabout, thank you for your message. The best thing to do would be to contact the Marlborough i-Sites - they have a list of independent operators who will be able to assist with transportation and/or other places that you may like to visit while you are here. They can organise it for you and the best news is that it won't cost more than what it would if you were to book it all directl!
Please google Marlborough i-Sites for the web link for the email address - unfortunately TA won't let me do that in a message.
I hope this helps and we look forward to seeing you. Please don't hesitate to contact us again if you have any questions.
Try the Blenheim i-Site Visitor Information ...they are most helpful and being in Blenheim themselves know the operators nad support services very well.
I'd agree with the previous answer and rent a car, even if it's a bit pricey. This will give you complete independence and allow you lots of time at Omaka. You will need the time as it's a really interesting museum and takes a long time to walk round and get the feel of the displays.
I'd rent wheels. The last two years, I've been very happy with car rentals from New Zealand Rent A Car (trip advisor won't let me post the url).They have an office right at the ferry terminal in Picton. The great advantage of the company is that some of its vehicles are old, but well maintained models (the last 2 years I have been buzzing around NZ in old Kias with 150,000k). Very reasonably priced. By the way, I went to the WWII museum, which was mediocre. Hopefully WWI is better. Hope this helps.
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