Travelling north, Ward is 15 minutes from Seddon and another 25 minutes from Blenheim on State Highway 1. Picton is a further 20 minutes. South of Ward is Kaikoura (1 hour) and Christchurch (3 1/2 hours).
Ward Beach. A must for all rock hounds. From the car park walk north to the Chancet Rocks, limestone outcrops which shelter the rare Marlborough rock daisy. 90 minutes return. The foreshore is also home to a seal colony. Take care to not get too close (the Department of Conservation advise 20m) to the seals as they can more surprisingly quickly on land and have a nasty bite. There is a shorter walk across the Flaxbourne River to the southern pinnacles. 45 minutes return. Ward Beach is said to be a spectacular place to be in a storm, but in any weather is not a safe swimming beach.
Go swimming at Marfells Beach. A safer beach then much of the eastern coast, Marfells Beach is at the southern end of Lake Grassmere accessed off Marfells Beach Road. The Beach is 8km off the state highway. There is a Department of Conservation campsite at the beach and a walk around the coast to the lighthouse at Cape Campbell. This is a free alternative to the Cape Campbell walkway but as it is along the beach care must be taken of the tide.
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