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
For visitors to the valley, there are a number of accommodation options available:
bed and breakfast accommodation,
farmstays and vineyard
all offer excellent places for visitors to stay.
The region also offers 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.
The Awatere Valley is a unique and captivating region with a wealth of attractions for visitors.