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The 2013 population for Martinborough is 1,470, with a population density of 3.27 persons per hectare.

Location and boundaries

Martinborough is located in the northern part of the South Wairarapa District Council area, and is bounded by the locality of Kahutara.

Name origin

Martinborough is named after John Martin, the founder of the town.

Settlement history

European settlement of the area dates from the mid 1800s, with land used mainly for sheep and cattle grazing. Population was minimal until the early 1880s when the township of Martinborough was established. Growth took place from the late 1800s into the early 1900s, and then again during the 1950s and 1960s. Martinborough became known for grape growing and wine making from the 1970s. The population declined gradually between 1996 and 2006 as dwelling occupancy rates declined, and then increased by a similar amount between 2006 and 2013 as new dwellings were added to the area.

Land use

Martinborough is a township area, with residential, commercial and industrial land use.

Major features

Major features of the area include Martinborough Colonial Museum, Centennial Park, Considine Park, Coronation Park, Huangarua Park, Martinborough Square Reserve, Puruatanga Park, Martinborough Pool, several wineries and one school.