Awatere River

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For the river in the Gisborne region, see Awatere River (Gisborne).
The Awatere river.

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.

It flows for 110 kilometres from its source in the mountainous interior to reach Cook Strait close to the town of Seddon.

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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Coordinates: 41°36′29″S 174°10′01″E / 41.608°S 174.167°E / -41.608; 174.167