Riwaka Valley seen from Hawkes Lookout near Motueka.

Matt Munro

Marlborough & Nelson

For many travellers, Marlborough and Nelson will be their introduction to what South Islanders refer to as the ‘Mainland’. Having left windy Wellington, and made a white-knuckled crossing of Cook Strait, folk are often surprised to find the sun shining and the temperature 10°C warmer.


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Marlborough & Nelson and beyond