Sea, mountains, and sun
Nearby mountain ranges shelter the plains from rain. As a consequence, summers are typically warm and dry (averaging 20-24C), with winters delivering the occasional frosty morning with clear, sunny days to follow (12-14C). The local climate means the region is popular with holiday-makers and retired people alike.
Ferries travel daily between Picton, 1 hour’s drive north of Blenheim, and the capital Wellington, 3 hours by boat across Cook Strait, zig-zagging around the Marlborough Sounds. Their countless fjord walks are one of the highlights of the region, with Queen Charlotte track an extremely popular hike.
Wine experts have tagged Marlborough the best place in the world for Sauvignon Blanc grapes, and the region has definitely put New Zealand on the world wine map. Along with permanent and seasonal jobs, the wine industry also provides major tourist attractions. Outdoor activities are plentiful with the ocean and mountains providing hiking, cycling, mountain biking, fishing, or boating opportunities.