Marlborough hosts a wide range of business and investment opportunities in food and beverage, tourism and other high-value industries, all within an area of striking natural beauty.

Marlborough produces more than two-thirds of New Zealand’s wine, and its sauvignon blanc epitomises world-class quality both in New Zealand and internationally. The region also hosts extensive aquaculture production (including Greenshell Mussels), as well as high-value industries such as manuka honey and specialty garlic which offer opportunities for investment and growth.

Regional highlights

Wine and food heartland

The Marlborough region is synonymous with sauvignon blanc and other worldclass wines, and is a critical location for marine farming with more than 60 percent of national aquaculture output. Its diverse landscapes support other niche, high-quality industries including apiculture and garlic production.

Growing tourism destination

With its network of valleys and sounds, Marlborough has one-fifth of New Zealand’s coastline and offers an array of tourist attractions within a distinctive and picturesque landscape. Strong tourism growth, based on the region’s natural assets and wine and food industry, is creating investment opportunities in accommodation.

High-value design and manufacturing

Marlborough offers wide-ranging specialised manufacturing expertise, in particular in aviation, forestry and wood processing. The region’s food and beverage production, especially in wine, is also generating innovation in creative design and engineering that can be harnessed to create niche, high-value products and services globally.

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How Marlborough Compares

Who to contact

New Zealand Trade and Enterprise

For more information on opportunities and guidance about investing in New Zealand, email our investment specialists.

Marlborough District Council Economic Development Unit (EDU)

The Marlborough District Council’s Economic Development Unit (EDU) works closely with the Marlborough business community, investors, and local and central government to facilitate investment in the region. The EDU’s location within the Council enables it to work positively with both investors and Council colleagues when council approvals may be required. For more information and help in the region, contact Marlborough EDU.

Sector strengths for Marlborough

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