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Marlborough is located in the north-east of the South Island and is a unitary authority, both a region and a district, with its council located at Blenheim. Marlborough is known for its dry climate, the picturesque Marlborough Sounds and sauvignon blanc wine.

The Marlborough region is situated due west of Wellington, across Cook Strait. Blessed with a wonderful sunny climate that regularly records the highest sunshine hours in New Zealand. Marlborough is the country's largest grape-growing and wine-making region with 65 wineries, 290 grape growers and 4,054 hectares in grape production, most of which are very close to Blenheim and Picton. This is a wonderful area with so many things on offer, from the Marlborough Sounds and valleys that are home to all kinds of wildlife to Queen Charlotte, Kenepuru and Pelorus sounds, which can be explored by boat, ferry, runabout, luxury charter launch or kayak from Picton or Havelock. Both are great towns from which to explore or base yourself. Fantastic diving can be found everywhere in the Sounds or you can admire the spectacular scenery during stunning walks in the bush. The scenery is spectacular as the mountains rise straight from the sea and crystal waters entice you for a swim. The Marlborough region is a place where you can do just about anything - from outdoor adventures, to wine tastings around some of the world’s best vineyards. Or you can check out some fantastic arts and crafts, history and gardens or marine pursuits.

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