South Wairarapa District
Wellington New Zealand
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Martinborough is a town in South Wairarapa, a district in the Wellington region on the North Island of New Zealand.
It is 65km east of Wellington and 35km south-west of Masterton.
The town has a population of about 1300 full-time inhabitants (2008)
John Martin (1822-1892) is regarded as the town's founder and set out the first streets in the pattern of the Union Flag in the 19th century.
Many of the town's streets are named after foreign cities visited by Martin.
Before Martinborough was established the southern part of the region was known as Waihenga, a point that seems to be lost at times in the history of the district.
A feature is the colonial architecture, one example of which is the historic
Peppers Martinborough Hotel, built in 1882.
Today, Martinborough is about vineyards producing wines, beef and sheep farming, growing olives, lavender and nuts, and fishing at the coast settlements of Ngawi and Cape Palliser
Great reading - EARLY MARTINBOROUGH - (written about 1907) with photos and biographies of the early settlers