Top of the South / Te Tau Ihu

Nelson, Marlborough, and Tasman

The Top of the South Te Tau Ihu region stretches from the scenic West Coast, through Golden Bay, Nelson and the Marlborough Sounds to sunny Blenheim on the East Coast.

With some of the country’s highest sunshine hours, an inviting climate, three national parks and a range of outdoor recreation pursuits, the region has a strong tourism industry that supports a thriving food and beverage sector. 

Home to the country’s largest fishing port, Te Tau Ihu is also a major contributor to New Zealand’s exports of seafood and fresh fruit, with manufacturing contributing significantly to regional GDP.

Traditionally strong in primary production, the region has seen an expansion in horticulture, viticulture, and aquaculture. Its hop production is also helping fuel craft beer production both here and overseas.

For full details on projects funded in this region:

What we have funded

Te Tau Ihu stories

Published: 23 February, 2024