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 1983-1906.
Travelling north, Blenheim is 15 minutes from Seddon on State Highway 1. Picton is a further 20 minutes. South of Seddon is Ward (15 minutes), Kaikoura (1 1/4 hours) and Christchurch (4 hours).
All Christchurch - Picton buses and shuttles stop in Seddon.
TranzCoastal, +64 4 495 0775 (email [email protected] , fax +64 4 472 8903 , Freephone 0800 TRAINS (0800 872 467) (NZ only)), . The Christchurch - Picton train will stop in Seddon on request.
Walk. It isn't big.
- Take a drive out to the coast - there is 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.
- The Molesworth Tour Company, ☎ 03 577 9897 ([email protected], fax: 03 577 9895), . A back country experience.
- Awatere Golf Club, State Highway 1, ☎ 03 575 7072.
- Station Café and Wine Bar, State Highway One, ☎ 03 575 7902, . Part art gallery, part cellar door, part cafe, part historic railway station. Can arrange tickets on the train.
- Cosy Corner Cafe (Starborough Tearooms), State Highway 1, ☎ 03 575 7285 (fax: 03 575 7085).
- Starborough Tavern, 23 Goulter Street, ☎ 03 575 7006.
- Awatere Motor Camp, Seymour Street, Seddon Domain (Keys and payment at Cosy Corner Café), ☎ 03 575 7285 ([email protected]). From $10.
- Stoney Acre Backpackers, 9 Marldene Avenue, ☎ 03 575 7567 ([email protected], fax: 03 575 7567), . $18 - $25 per person.
- For those sick of traveling on state highway 1, the Acheron Road through the Molesworth Station is as remote as you can get in a two wheel drive car. The Molesworth 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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