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).
There is no public transport to get around the district. Ward is small enough to get around by foot but as the attractions are out of town you will need a bicycle or car.
The Old Ward Garage Cafe sells local olive oil and Isolation Merino baby products.
The East Coast Inn has a pub and tavern attached.