Story: Marlborough region

Marlborough landforms

Marlborough’s landscape is dominated by mountains, which are broken into blocks by massive fault lines. Settlement is concentrated on the alluvial plains, particularly those formed by the Wairau and Awatere rivers, and at Kaikōura.

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Malcolm McKinnon, 'Marlborough region - Geology and landscape', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 2 December 2023)

Story by Malcolm McKinnon, updated 1 Nov 2016