Est. Population: 50,000 | Blenheim Est. Population: 35,000
This place has everything from the Queen Charlotte Sounds, Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds, to the high-country farms, and Kaikoura in the South of Marlborough. Couple this with high sunshine hours and it is truly a beautiful part of NZ.
Marlborough is best known for its world-class wines – the Sauvignon Blanc is highly recommended!
The main city of Blenheim is 30 minutes from Picton, the docking point for the Inter-Island ferries. To the south of Blenheim, after driving through majestic mountainous scenery, you get to the Kaikoura coast which eventually leads to Kaikoura where you can take a boat trip out to see the giant sperm whales. They are in residence all year round. Humpback, southern right, and blue whales are frequent visitors which dive into the 2km deep abyss of the Kaikoura Canyon.
Whether you are a new migrant coming to NZ or a resident of New Zealand, make sure you visit Marlborough and the surrounding areas. Even if you’re not lucky enough to secure employment in this region, this is one place you should see.
Key employment areas include aquaculture, viticulture, forestry and wood processing, aviation, screen and creative industries, and technology and innovation.