Martinborough Architecture, Photo, New Zealand, Architects, Vineyard, Image
Martinborough Photographs, NZ
Buildings in South Wairarapa, Wellington region, North Island
15 Aug 2007
Photos from Aug 2007 by architect Adrian Welch, captions/more photos online soon:
Martinborough, premium wine growing area of New Zealand:
Location:Martinborough, New Zealand
Martinborough is a town in the South Wairarapa district of the Wellington region in the North Island of New Zealand. It is 65 km east of Wellington and 35 km south-west of Masterton. The town has a population of about 1300 inhabitants.
John Martin 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 Martinborough Hotel, built in 1882.
Martinborough has a large number of vineyards producing wines, notably Pinot Noir. The town has a warm micro-climate, with hills to the east and west. Almost all the vineyards are in thin ribbons around the northern and eastern sides of the town, and on the Dry River to the south. All follow dry riverbeds, which provide appropriate soils for viticulture.
Notable wineries include Schubert Wines, Te Kairanga, Tirohana Estate, Palliser Estate Wines, Dry River, Martinborough Vineyard, Murdoch James, Ata Rangi, Craggy Range and Alana Estate. During every November, the region’s wines are celebrated in the Toast Martinborough wine festival. This event temporarily enlarges the population by 10,000.
New Zealand Architecture – Selection
The Beehive – New Zealand Parliament Building Executive Wing
Design: Basil Spence, architect; NZ Government designers
picture © Adrian Welch
New Zealand Parliament Building
Corinth St House
Design: Daniel Marshall Architect
photo © Simon Devitt
Corinth Street house
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