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Seddon is a town in Marlborough (New Zealand) near the mouth of the Awatere River. Until the grape boom, Seddon's farmers struggled farming sheep on dry hills. Now you will struggle to find a sheep in amongst the vineyards. Named after Richard John Seddon, Premier of New Zealand 1883-1906.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

Travelling north, Blenheim is 15min from Seddon on State Highway 1. Picton is a further 20min. South of Seddon is Ward (15min), Kaikoura (1.25h) and Christchurch (4h).

By bus[edit]

All Christchurch - Picton buses and shuttles[1][2] stop in Seddon.

By train[edit]

TranzCoastal, +64 4 495 0775 (email bookings@tranzscenic.co.nz , fax +64 4 472 8903 , Freephone 0800 TRAINS (0800 872 467) (NZ only)), [3]. The Christchurch - Picton train will stop in Seddon on request.

Get around[edit]

Walk. It isn't big.

See[edit][add listing]

  • Take a drive out to the coast - there are vast swathes of grape vines as well as access to the wild shore with sweeping views up and down the coast.
  • One of the few double decker bridges in the world, the top deck with rail and the bottom with road traffic has just been taken out of commission. Just north of Seddon on State Highway 1. First opened to traffic in 1902, the rail portion remains now that the new road bridge is completed. The old roadway has been removed.

Do[edit][add listing]

  • The Molesworth Tour Company, +64 3 572 8025 (, fax: 03 577 9895), [4]. South Island back country tours departing from Blenheim 1-5 days in length.  edit
  • Awatere Golf Club, State Highway 1, +64 3 575-7072.  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

Visit Yealands Winery for a wine tasting experience in a world class environmentally friendly vineyard and winery.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Station Café and Wine Bar, State Highway One, +64 3 575-7902, [5]. Part art gallery, part cellar door, part cafe, part historic railway station. Can arrange tickets on the train.  edit
  • Cosy Corner Cafe (Starborough Tearooms), State Highway 1, +64 3 575 7285 (fax: +64 3 575-7085).  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Starborough Tavern, 23 Goulter Street, 03 575 7006.  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Awatere Motor Camp, Seymour Street, Seddon Domain (Keys and payment at Cosy Corner Café), +64 3 575 7285 (). From $10.  edit
  • Stoney Acre Backpackers, 9 Marldene Avenue, 03 575 7567 (, fax: 03 575 7567), [6]. $18-25 per person.  edit

Contact[edit]

Get out[edit]

  • For those sick of travelling on SH1, the Acheron Road through the Molesworth Station is as remote as you can get in a two wheel drive car. The Molesworth[7] is a vast tract of inland farming country and a back-country link between Seddon and Hanmer Springs. The road is generally open to the public from 28 December - 1 April, 7.00 am-7.00 pm (but may be closed at any time due to weather, fire risk or road conditions). The turnoff is on the straight north of Seddon and is well sign-posted. No fuel or shop until Hanmer Springs.


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