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...
RAINBOW'S FOOTPRINT
Tapuae-o-Uenuku is the highest peak in the northeast of the South Island. The name translates from Maori as "footprint of the rainbow". At 2,880 metres it dominates the Inland Kaikoura Range, rising high above the valleys of the Clarence and Awatere Rivers. The first European to sight the mountain was the explorer James Cook, who called it Mount Odin, but later nicknamed it "The Watcher" since his ship seemed to be visible from it at so many points along the coast.
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