The Awatere River is a large river flowing through Marlborough, New Zealand. Flowing along the trace of the active Awatere Fault, it runs northeast through a straight valley to the west of the Inland Kaikoura mountains. This valley is parallel with that of the Clarence River, 20 kilometres to the south.
Until 2008 the Awatere River bridge had a rail line above the road way. A new road bridge was constructed with the railway being the sole use of the original bridge.
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