Marlborough Towns and Settlements
Marlborough is sparsely populated, with the majority of the population concentrated on the Wairau plain in and around Blenheim, with other smaller settlements scattered throughout the region. Picton is the second largest town in Marlborough. 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.