Marlborough Towns and Settlements

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Marlborough is sparsely populated, with the greater part of the population concentrated on the Wairau plain in and around Blenheim, with other smaller settlements scattered throughout the region. A number of places that are now only small settlements, or that have even dissappeared from the map entirely were  bustling towns during the gold rush era.

Under new local government boundaries created during the 1980's Kaikoura ceased to be part of the Marlborough region, however there remains a strong historical association.


Blenheim is both the largest town, and administrative capital of Marlborough.


Canvastown is a small settlement near the confluence of the Wakamarina and Pelorus Rivers.


Grovetown is a small settlement about 2.5km north of Blenheim, mostly to the east of State Highway One.


A small coastal town near the mouth of the Pelorus River. Gateway to Pelorus Sound, and host of the Havelock Mussel Festival.


A small town in southern Marlborough Land District, administered separately from the rest of Marlborough since 1989 local government reforms. Renowned for eco-tourism, particularly whale watching.


Kēkerengū is a small coastal settlement on the east coast of the South Island half way between Blenheim and Kaikōura.


Koromiko is a small rural settlement between Blenheim and Picton


Linkwater is a small settlement in an area of low lying flat land between Queen Charlotte and Pelorus Sounds.


Okaramio is a small Marlborough settlement on State Highway 6 between Renwick and Havelock.


Picton is a port town which acts as a gateway to the Marlborough Sounds, and provides a major passenger and freight link between the North and South Islands.

Rai Valley

Rai Valley is a small settlemnet that has the distinction of being the most northwestern settlement in Marlborough.


Rarangi is a small beach settlement at the north end of Cloudy Bay on the edge of the Wairau Plain, Marlborough


Renwick is a small town about 10km west of Blenheim named after Dr. Thomas Renwick


Seddon is a small town south of the Awatere River in the Marlborough District, and acts as a service centre for the wine industry in the Awatere Valley.

Spring Creek

Spring Creek is a small township in Marlborough at the intersection of State Highway One and State Highway 62 (Rapaura Road).

Tennyson Inlet

Tennyson Inlet is a remote part of the Marlborough Sounds off Pelorus Sound with a small resident population and a number of holiday homes.


A small town north of Blenheim, once notable for its cheese factory, but also the site of a bloody confrontation between European and Maori during the early years of colonisation.

Wairau Valley

Wairau Valley township is the westernmost settlement in the Wairau Valley, located on State Highway 63.


Ward is a small settlement in the south of Marlborough, named after Sir Joseph Ward, a former Prime Minister of New Zealand.

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