At the last New Zealand census in 2013, the combined population of the Marlborough and Kaikoura regions was 49,857. The majority of these people are located in the towns of Blenheim, Picton and Kaikoura. Blenheim, which is located on the fertile Wairau Plain, has a population of over 24,000; Picton, at the terminus for the Wellington-Picton ferries, has a population of over 2,500; and the Kaikoura township has a population of 3,555.

Main population centres:  
Blenheim 24,183
Renwick & Woodbourne 2,517
Picton 2,745
Havelock 489
Seddon 507
Kaikoura 3,555

Population mix:  
European 93%
Maori 13%
Pacific Island 1%
Asian & Other 1%

Age mix:
Under 15 20%
15 to 64 64%
65+ 16%

Statistics from Statistics New Zealand
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TO KAIKOURA
In colonial times, reaching Kaikoura was difficult and often perilous with rough country and numerous river crossings. Despite the hazardous coastline and the changeable weather proving the cause of many shipwrecks, most people and freight travelled by sea. As access by land improved with the construction of roads and bridges, the port was closed in 1949. An old chimney near Fyffe House is all that remains of the port's custom house.
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