The Awatere Valley stretches from Weld Pass, about 10km south of Blenheim, southwards to Kekerengu on the coast. To the east is a strikingly beautiful coastline where Pacific rollers crash hissing and foaming on steep, sandy beaches or jagged rocks. To the west is a rugged hinterland rising to majestic Mount Tapuae-o-Uenuku, the highest peak along the Kaikoura Ranges.

The Awatere Valley contributes a significant share of Marlborough's rural wealth. Its low rainfall is well suited to grazing sheep and cattle, and growing grain crops, peas, garlic, olives and walnuts. Several vineyards have been established in the area, taking advantage of the area's sweeter soils.

For visitors to the valley, there are a number of accommodation options available: bed and breakfast accommodation, farmstays, motels and backpackers all offer excellent places for visitors to stay.
Seddon, Awatere Valley
The Awatere Valley is a unique and captivating region with a wealth of a wide range of activities and attractions for its visitors, including several outstanding gardens in the picturesque townships of Ward and Seddon where craft and gift shops are well worth a look.

The Awatere Valley is also the gateway to the vast historic Molesworth sheep station. The road through the station is open between January and February each year.
It's a Fact...
THE GRASSLANDS
In 1847 Frederick Weld landed 2,500 sheep at Port Underwood. Driving them south, he crossed the Awatere River arriving at Flaxbourne, where he established the first extensive Merino sheep run in the South Island. Within three years the grasslands as far as the Kaikoura Ranges had been occupied by squatters. A decade later, control of the grasslands by a mere 50 or so run-holders was confirmed with leaseholds at nominal rentals.
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