Renwick, New Zealand

Renwick is a small town in Marlborough, New Zealand, close to the south bank of the Wairau River. It is located on State Highway 6, 12 kilometres (7 mi) west of Blenheim. Havelock is 31 km (19 mi) north. State Highway 63 runs southwest from Renwick through the Wairau River valley.[2][3]

A country road and vineyard in Renwick
Coordinates: 41°30′34″S 173°49′48″E
CountryNew Zealand
 (June 2018)[1]

The population was 2,118 in the 2013 New Zealand census, an increase of 243 from 2006.[4]

The town was initially known as "Upper Wairau", and then as "Renwicktown" after an early landowner, Dr. Thomas Renwick.[5][6]

Renwick is located in the centre of Marlborough's grape growing region. Sauvignon blanc is the variety usually associated with the area, and famous wineries such as Isabel Estate and Forrest Estate are in close proximity. Pinot Gris (Grey Pinot) is also exported.


Renwick School is a coeducational full primary school (years 1–8), with a decile rating of 8 with a role of 535 students (as of March 2019).[7]

The first school in Renwick opened at the beginning of 1861,[8] using the Presbyterian Church as a schoolroom. It was the second school in Marlborough. The present school opened in 1864.[9]


  1. "Subnational Population Estimates: At 30 June 2018 (final)". Statistics New Zealand. 15 November 2018. Retrieved 21 November 2018.
  2. Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. map 60. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  3. Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. map 138. ISBN 1-877333-20-4.
  4. 2013 Census QuickStats about a place  : Renwick
  5. A. D. McIntosh, ed. (1940). Marlborough – A Provincial History. p. 339.
  6. Marlborough Historical Society (2005). Click – A Captured Moment – Marlborough's Early Heritage. p. 68. ISBN 0-473-10475-X.
  7. "Directory of Schools - as at 3 April 2019". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  8. "New Zealand Provinces". Nelson Examiner and New Zealand Chronicle. 4 May 1861. p. 3.
  9. A. D. McIntosh, pp 339–340. The school claims to have been established in 1862.

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