Seddon
 
Seddon, Marlborough, New Zealand
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Sports in Seddon adds to the community spirit.
General Information

The quiant rural township of Seddon is only 20 minutes drive, south of Blenheim. Seddon is traditionally a farming area that services the agricultural and viticultural communitites of the Awatere Valley. The Valley features a blossoming wine growing area and outdoor recreational playground.
Seddon is now more well known for its craftspeople and gardens.
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Seddon WW1 War Memorial has a commanding view of the township.
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The Awatere river Bridge crossing is unique as the trains cross above the road vehicles .
Attractions and Activities

The surrounding Awatere Valley and nearby Clifford Bay are adventure playgrounds with many various activities to enjoy: hiking, trekking, tramping, walks, heritage trails, widerness tours and fishing.

Enjoy a round of golf at the Seddon Golf Course in the Awatere Valley.

Visit Flaxbourne Station, the South Islands first sheep station and the first large scale in New Zealand. The station was founded in 1846 and is home to descendants of the original founder. In 1993 fire destroyed the original homestead so it was rebuilt but to a new Mediterranean and South African design.
The flaxbourne Station has a beautiful and extensive garden, set amongst mature trees. A Landscape Architect, reflecting the architectural influences of the new house, designed the gardens. As the station is a working sheep and cattle farm, admission is strictly by appointment only and between 9:00am to 4:00pm all year. No dogs are permitted and children must be accompanied. The Entrance fee is $4.00 per adult.
Shopping

Seddon services the regions agricultural and viticultural communities, aswell as having a few shops covering essential supplies. A new café/art gallery/wine bar offers tastings of Marlborough’s fine wines. Blenheim is 20 minutes drive north, where you will find a wider variety of shops.

History

Sir Joseph Ward, New Zealand’s Prime Minister opened the Seddon Railway Station on the 10 th of October 1902. He was at the wheel of the first train as it steamed into the station from Blenheim. Construction on the railway was ongoing and by 1944 the line ran all the way from Christchurch to Picton. With all goods coming into or leaving the valley via the railway, the Seddon Railway station became the central hub for the Awatere Valley community. The station was eventually closed in the late 1980’s due to the demise in popularity of rail as a method of transport.
In 1995, the station was sold into private ownership. In May 2002, The Station Café and Wine Bar opened for business. You can still travel by train from Christchurch to Picton and return, stopping off at the Seddon station.

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Seddon Township as viewed from the War Memorial.
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