Never was there created a country, more beautiful than or as diverse as
The scenery consists of snow-capped mountains, glaciers, thermal activity with geysers, subtropical rain forest, beaches bush and more. All are part of two large
The two main islands are separated by Cook Strait (Named after the English explorer Captain James Cook who was the first European to explore
The total land area of
The population is a very multicultural society of almost 4 million people. The Maoris are considered to be the native people of the country, but there is approximately 74 % NZ European (Pakeha), 14% NZ Island Polynesians and 5% Asian with other minority peoples, such as Italian, Greek, South African, Dutch, German and American to name a few.
We must not forget that we also have about 60 million sheep.
It is recognized worldwide for its Wines and Olive Oils, grown on fertile alluvial soil. Currently, it produces around 40% of the nation's wine and has gained international recognition for its outstanding Sauvignon Blancs, Rieslings Chardonnays, Gewürztraminer, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noirs. The Olive oils produced in the province have also received international acclaim. There are some 40 plus cellar doors attached to Vineyards, hence a strong tourist industry has developed around this, with wine tours by coach or cycle tours readily available.
The Marlborough Sounds, are drowned glacial valleys and much of the steep hillsides are covered either with New Zealand Native Bush and ferns or Manuka, the shrub that is native to New Zealand and from where all of the Honey used in our manufacturing comes from.
Boating, fishing, bush walks and photography are very popular pastimes in this exceptionally lovely part of our province.
Blenheim is the capital of
Picton is the gateway to the Marlborough Sounds and the
Other small regional towns are
With so much nature and so many beautiful products produced in this region, it seems fitting that our country is often called "The Clean Green New Zealand" and that our slogan is "For Natural Beauty Naturally"