Located at the top of the South Island of New Zealand, Marlborough enjoys year-round sun – and often competes with other regions for the highest number of sunshine hours. World famous for its award-winning wine industry, Marlborough is home to a large number of wineries, gourmet food producers, and also top-notch craft breweries.
Viticulture and related industries are major employers in the region; aquaculture has grown steadily in recent years (with the area renowned for salmon and mussel production); and forestry and salt production also have solid bases in the region. The presence of the Royal New Zealand Air Force (at Woodbourne) and associated maintenance companies has resulted in strong aviation activity. A destination for a number of New Zealanders, as well as our international visitors, Marlborough boasts of something for everyone: from the unrivalled beauty and diversity of the Marlborough Sounds; to the drama of the High Country and Molesworth Stations; to the charming alpine areas of St Arnaud and the Rainbow Ski Field. Marlborough offers wonderful recreational opportunities for tramping, camping, fishing and cycling – through to fascinating art and craft trails, and great shopping.
Blenheim is the main town in Marlborough, situated on the state highway (SH1) between Picton and Christchurch. Blenheim is a well-presented town with a number of parks and reserves, restaurants, cafes and clubs, and is host to several major annual New Zealand events, including the Marlborough Wine & Food Festival, Saint Clair Vineyard Half Marathon, Garden Marlborough and the Omaka Classic Fighters Airshow. See also Springlands, Witherlea, and Blenheim.