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...
SALT FROM THE SEA
Lake Grassmere opens into Clifford Bay near Cape Campbell. Covering an area of 17 square km, it has no natural inflow and is subject to strong warm winds. Close to the sea, it has a very high salinity and is ideal for natural salt extraction. The lake has been divided into solar evaporation ponds. Seawater is pumped in and moved between ponds over several months, each time increasing in salinity. As the salinity increases, crystallised salt forms and is harvested.
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