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 Marlborough is often approached via the Marlborough Sounds, where the drowned valleys and bush-covered hills provide a beautiful backdrop for boating, fishing, swimming, tramping, or just lazing about in the sunshine. Picton, nestled away in the inner sounds is the gateway where ferries depart for, and arrive from, Wellington.
    Twenty minutes drive south brings you to Blenheim the chief town of the district in the fertile sun-soaked Wairau Plain surrounded by agriculture, horticulture and vineyards.  The road south from Blenheim takes you to Kaikoura, where a wilder coastline brings you to some magnificent snow-tipped mountain scenery and unbelievable seascapes. A notable activity at Kaikoura is whale-watching.
    One and half hours drive west from Blenheim reveals the beautiful Nelson Lakes National Park district which, as well as its magnificent scenery, has the Rainbow and Mount Robert ski fields. There are great restaurants in the area, world class wines and a wide variety of things to do and to see.
district enjoys a reputation of having one of the highest annual totals of sunshine hours in the country.

Top of the South Island

A good climate ensures a good growing season and Nelson is one of the main apple, berry and stone fruit growing areas in New Zealand. Hops are grown in the Motueka district, 50km from Nelson. A high proportion of craftspeople live in the Nelson area, including potters, weavers, carvers and artists. Excellent recreation facilities enhance the region - beaches, rivers, lakes, and mountains abound. There are three national parks and two forest parks offering fine outdoor activities. Nelsonís isolated position and pleasant physical surroundings result in a very casual relaxed atmosphere.

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