Marlborough New Zealand - Regional Information


Marlborough is a diverse, sparsely populated region in the north east of the South Island, with a reputation for its wines, particularly sauvignon blanc, and for the uniqueness of the Marlborough Sounds. This site provides a wide range of information about the region, and occasional opinion pieces about topics that relate to local issues. Unlike some sites that tend to be tourism focussed, Marlborough Online aims to provide information that will be interesting whether you're just visiting or have lived here all your life.

This is not a news site, but rather a collection of information about the people, places, activities and history of Marlborough. For the latest local news, please refer to the Marlborough Express the main daily newspaper for the region. If you'd like to keep up to date with additions and changes to Marlborough Online and updates about happenings in the region you can follow us on Twitter or Facebook.

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Note: Marlborough Online is not a newspaper. This site is entirely the work of one person who is also a dad, a husband, and builds web sites for a living to put food on the table. As a result updates can be intermittent, and the site tends to focus on enduring information about Marlborough. From time to time, newsworthy information is published, as is commentary on issues affecting the region, however as Marlborough Online is not a source of income, the site gets updated when there is time. If you like this site, consider contacting Create IT to build your business or organisation web site.

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  • View from Taylor Dam
    View from Taylor Dam

    Autumn view from Taylor Dam

  • Rarangi beach after storm
    Rarangi beach after storm

    Stormy seas after tropical cyclone

  • Weather System
    Weather System

    Fast moving rain band near Rarangi

  • Pollard Park Flooding, April 2014
    Pollard Park Flooding, April 2014

  • Pollard Park, Autumn
    Pollard Park, Autumn

  • Sutherland Stream in flood 17 June 2013
    Sutherland Stream in flood 17 June 2013

    Sutherland Stream after heavy winter rain.

  • RNZAF Red Checkers at Classic Fighters 2013
    RNZAF Red Checkers at Classic Fighters 2013

  • Corsair at Classic Fighters 2013
    Corsair at Classic Fighters 2013

  • Duck Herding
    Duck Herding

    At the Marlborough A&P Show 2012

  • Vintage Farm Machinery
    Vintage Farm Machinery

    Parade at Marlborough A&P Show 2012

  • Grey Heron
    Grey Heron

    Grey Heron at Mistletoe Bay, Marlborough Sounds

  • Shag and Seals
    Shag and Seals

    Fur seals and shag on rock in Marlborough Sounds

  • Fairhall River
    Fairhall River

    Fairhall River is a tributary of the Opawa River, but usually dry in summer.

  • Native Forest - Mistletoe Bay
    Native Forest - Mistletoe Bay

  • Wither Hills Farm Park
    Wither Hills Farm Park

    Wither Hills Farm Park from Sutherland Stream

  • Sutherland Stream
    Sutherland Stream


    Wither Hills Farm Park

  • Mill Stream
    Mill Stream

    A stream that passes through a small woodland at the end of New Renwick Road.

  • Opawa River
    Opawa River

    Opawa River near Malthouse reserve.

  • Dry Hills Winery
    Dry Hills Winery

    One of the many wineries in Marlborough

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NZ.gifMarlborough is a sparsely populated region in the South Island of New Zealand which is both spectacular for its natural beauty, and important for its contribution to the national economy.

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band.gifFrom traditional Māori culture to a variety of contemporary music and drama, Marlborough provides a wide variety of activities for people to be involved in.

picnic.gifMarlborough has a favourable climate and diverse geography, which provide a wide range of outdoor recreation opportunities.

seascape.gifMarlborough is rich in geographical diversity, with outstanding features such as the Marlborough Sounds, and Molesworth.

leaf.gifMarlborough is home to a diversity of native and introduced plant and animal species.

boat.gifMarlborough has a rich human history, beginning with the moa hunters, to the first European sealers and whalers, to the region's military role during the Second World War. 

Marlborough has been the home of various famous and infamous personalities, including scientists, murderers, Māori chieftans, artists, and many more. 

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