“You’re going to love Marlborough”
Population: 44,000 (est. 2018)
This place has everything from the world famous Queen Charlotte Sounds, Pelorus and Kenepuru Sounds and some of the world’s best tramping/hiking. It is perhaps best known for its world-class wines. Sauvignon Blanc is highly recommended!
Breathtaking views, rare birds, penguins, dolphins, and many more can be viewed at ease in this region. Activities are just too numerous to list in full detail but range from boating to fishing, both freshwater and sea fishing, kayaking, crafts, visiting world-class vineyards, world class trecking, scuba diving, crayfish or paua collecting, sightseeing, visiting beautiful beaches, cafes, parachuting, scenic flights, or even popping over to Wellington via the Picton ferry for a weekend.
One negative is that the wine growing industry is booming so significantly in Blenheim that the local council recently noted that 5 homes a week will need to be built leading up to the peak population in 2024. I think this is somewhat of a conservative estimate because the region is starting to get noticed. The upside is that if you can get into this area, properties are affordable and the lifestyle is unbeatable. Although a smaller region we do list the occasional role here.
Whether you are a new migrant coming to NZ or a resident of New Zealand, make sure you visit Marlborough and surrounding areas. Even if you’re not lucky enough to secure employment in this region, this is a place you should see.