Marlborough Business and Economy


What is now the Marlborough District, has been exploited economically since the first humans arrived here. Māori harvested flax and eels, and sealers and whalers set were some of the first Europeans to settle in NZ.  Pastoral farming and timber milling later become the major industries of the region, along with short lived gold mining. In the late Twentieth Century, a move from pastoral farming to viticulture gradually gained momentum, and now viticulture is a major activity with dozens of wineries, and thousands of hectares planted in vines. Aquaculture has also grown steadily in production, with both salmon and mussels being produced in the region to help give Marlborough a reputation as a region of fine cuisine. Forestry is also a major industry in the region with extensive areas of exotic plantings, mainly radiata pine.

While Marlborough is most notable for primary production, the presence of a Royal New Zealand Air Force base, and aircraft maintainence company Safe Air, at Woodbourne has raised the profile of the region as a centre of aviation activity.

The spectactular scenery of the Marlborough Sounds and other parts of the region helps support a thriving tourism industry.


Blenheim Sun Newspaper


The Blenheim Sun is a free weekly newspaper in tabloid format established in 2002 and distributed throughout Marlborough.



While the wine industry is more glamourous, forestry is also one of Marlborough's most important industries.

Marlborough Employment Opportunities


Listings of employment opportunities available in Marlborough

Marlborough Farmers' Market


Marlborough Farmers' Market provides an opportunity for the public to buy locally produced food products direct from growers or producers.

Marlborough Government


Local issues in Marlborough are addressed by the Marlborough District Council, and the Nelson Marlborough DHB, while the region is represented at national level by the MP for the Kaikoura Electorate.

Mussel Farming in the Marlborough Sounds


The mussel farming industry in the Marlborough Sounds started in the 1960s. The early days of the industry were dominated by research and development, local sales, and an extract used to help alleviat

The Marlborough Express newspaper


Marlborough's daily newspaper has a long history, dating back to 1866.



Viticulture has gone from a non-existence to the dominant industry in much of Marlborough in a little over 30 years.