Tuamarina (often spelled Tua Marina) is a small town in Marlborough, New Zealand. State Highway 1 runs through the area. The Tuamarina River joins the Wairau River just south of the settlement. Picton is about 18 km to the north, and Blenheim is about 10 km to the south.[1][2]

Pioneers' Memorial in Tuamarina
Coordinates: 41°25′49″S 173°57′44″E
CountryNew Zealand

The name is a corruption of the Māori word Tuamarino, which means 'the calm beyond'. Dairy farming is the major economic activity, and the Koromiko cheese factory won a number of awards[3] before it was destroyed by fire in 2004.

The Wairau Affray occurred in the area in 1843, resulting in 26 deaths.[4]

The Wairau Plain is prone to flooding, and river conservation is necessary to keep the river under control. Significant floods have occurred in the Tuamarina area, such as one in December 1939.[5]


Tua Marina School is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 7 and a roll of 86.[6] The school celebrated its 100th anniversary in 1971.[7]

Notable people


  1. Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 61. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 139. ISBN 1-877333-20-4.
  3. "Tuamarina". Marlborough Online.
  4. "Wairau Affray". Encyclopedia of New Zealand (1966).
  5. A. D. McIntosh, ed. (1940). Marlborough - A Provincial History. pp. 367–8.
  6. "Te Kete Ipurangi - Tua Marina School". Ministry of Education.
  7. Smith, F.W. (1971). The Tua Marina School 100th anniversary 1871-1971 : with which is incorporated the history of the Waikakaho Schools 1887-1933. Tua Marina Waikakaho School Centennial Committee.
  8. "Duggan, Eileen May 1894 - 1972". Dictionary of New Zealand Biography.
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