Marlborough Region

Marlborough is a region and also a district in New Zealand. Marlborough is located in the northeast of the South Island.


The geography of Marlborough can be divided into roughly four areas. Two of these, the South and the West, are mountainous. The South rises to the peaks of the Kaikoura mountain ranges. These two features are the foothills of the Southern Alps. Where the name is rarely used for alpine mountains that are so far north.

Between these two areas lies the long valley of the Wairau River. The valley widens out at its eastern end to vast plains, in the middle of the city of Blenheim is located. This area is the center of the New Zealand wine industry.

Marlborough's fourth geographic zone is located on its northern coast. The deep Marlborough Sounds with its fjord-like landscape represent an attractive coastal landscape to the public and host a wide variety of rare plants and animals. Here is located in Picton Ferry Port, which connects the South Island to the North Island.

Marlborough is bordered to the west by the Tasman Region, to the south Canterbury and to the northwest by the City Region Nelson. On October 16, 1848 was in the region, the epicenter of the Marlborough earthquake.

Population and management

Marlborough is administered by a unitary authority, the Marlborough District Council ( County Council ).

Much of the population lives along the coastal plains, at the mouth of the Wairau and in smaller settlements along the Marlborough Sounds. In addition to Blenheim and Picton Havelock, Renwick, Seddon, Ward and Clarence are important places in the Marlborough region.

Temporary residents of Marlborough were the scientist William Hayward Pickering and the Nobel Laureate in Physics, Ernest Rutherford.