A man was shot on a rural property near Blenheim early today.
Ambulance officers were called to a Redwood Pass Rd address about 5am after a 30-year-old man said he had been shot in the leg.
Police found the man "conscious and in a lot of pain".
He was taken by ambulance to Wairau Hospital, where he would require surgery, police said.
Officers are speaking with witnesses to establish what occurred at the property.
The owners were not home and had arranged house-sitters.
They had been notified of the shooting and were returning home from their holiday, police said.
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