The Marlborough Sounds lie at the top of the South Island and make up one-fifth of New Zealand’s coastline, with some 4,000km² of sounds, islands, and peninsulas.
The Sounds are a series of sea-drowned valleys, home to a broad range of native marine and birdlife, including up to five species of dolphins.
According to legend, the Marlborough Sounds were formed when Kupe, a great Maori warrior, was chasing a giant octopus and finally caught it in Cook Strait. The battle that ensued formed the waterways and headlands of the Sounds.
The Marlborough Sounds is made up of four sounds:
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