The most northeast location on the south island of New Zealand – Marlborough is known as New Zealand’s wine country, is revered for Sauvignon Blanc, white wine and grape variety, diverse landscapes, and its seafood-based cuisine.
The Marlborough Region offers a quiet and dream-like getaway with scenic sounds and scenery.
Marlborough Webcam View
With many interestingly shaped islands and body masses that reach into the meeting point of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean, the region offers seafood cruises, where you can enjoy the quiet and scenic landscape while feasting on fresh King Salmon, clams, and mussels alongside the famed local white wine.
The sprawling branches of landmass reaching towards the Northern Island create 1500 kilometers of coastline up for grabs. If you wanted to escape from the bustling cities of New Zealand, you are sure to find a wonderful spot. Not to mention, if you’re staying in Wellington, the Marlborough Sounds are just across.
The Marlborough Sounds, the branching landmass full of islands, is also home to a plethora of marine life that is easily accessible with a quick boat trip. From blue penguins, fur seals, dolphins, and even the famed Rowi Kiwi.
The Rowi is a member of the kiwi family, it can only be found on the West Coast of the South Island, and around only 600 birds is estimated. If you end up spotting a kiwi on your journey through the west coast, it just might be the rare Rowi Kiwi.
Maybe quite unexpected for such a seemingly peaceful region, Malborough is home to a world-renowned exhibit featuring World War I and World War II aircraft, the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre. The facility houses many rare historical aircraft and memorabilia.
It is also home to Peter Jackson’s own rare collection, utilized in theatrical scenes bringing visitors back in time. Established in 2006, it has become a prime location for anyone interested in the aircraft of the WWI and WWII era.
One of the aspects that brought fame to the region is still a large part of what makes tourism in the area interesting. Known as the Taste of Marlborough, and with more than 30 cellars, wine plays a big part in the region’s tourism and in the countries wine industry.
Whilst New Zealand never earned its name due to wine, in the 1980s the Marlborough’s own Sauvignon Blanc wine put the country on the map. Don’t get fooled though, the extent of the region’s winery does not stop with a single shining gem.
The region has a large variety of wines to offer, from Pinot Noir to Chardonnay, a range of exquisite flavors and vivacious aromatics. The region gains strength from having a pleasantly dry and sunny climate, described by the indigenous Maori as ‘the place with the hole in the cloud’.
If you enjoy a good glass of wine, the almost 30,000 ha of land dedicated to the more than 4 prime varieties create a land of wine.
On the topic of climate, the Marlborough Region sees a variety of temperatures throughout the year. While the winter months see temperatures around 22 to 24 degrees Celsius (71 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit), the summer months cool down to a pleasant, yet slightly chill 13 to 15 degrees Celsius (55 to 59 degrees Fahrenheit). Humidity, on the other hand, does not change much throughout the year.
While around 10% higher during the summer months, the difference is not large enough to actually notice to a great extent. So whether it may be the summer or the winter, it’s always a great time to visit New Zealand’s wine industry’s heart.
Full of peaceful scenery, a wonderful spread of islands, and a great marine life to boot, the Marlborough Region of New Zealand is a great place for a visit. But if you still crave just a tad bit more, feel free to take a look by using one of the free webcams you can find on this site!