Grape News! Watch out for harvesters in Marlborough


With the annual grape harvest underway in Marlborough, road users are being warned to watch for heavy machinery on the region’s state highways.

The Marlborough grape harvest will run for the next six weeks, with the peak of the industry’s activity expected around the middle of this month. 

While the harvest is underway, there will be an increase in the amount of heavy machinery (harvesters and trucks) on Marlborough roads. This will cover most of the region from Koromiko in the north to Ward in the south and along the Wairau Valley/SH63 to the west.

Drivers must be aware of this activity and take care when driving on local roads and state highways. Extra caution will be needed when overtaking. So, drivers must check their passing distances and be aware of oncoming traffic.