Spring Creek, New Zealand

Spring Creek is a small town in Marlborough, New Zealand. State Highway 1 runs past the settlement to the west, and the Wairau River flows past to the east. Picton is 22 km to the north, and Blenheim is 6 km to the south.[1][2]

Spring Creek
Spring Creek
Coordinates: 41°27′38″S 173°57′46″E
CountryNew Zealand

According to the 2013 New Zealand census, Spring Creek (including Grovetown to the south) has a population of 1,275, an increase of 3 people since the 2006 census. There were 666 males and 609 females.[3]

The first European settlers were George Dodson, William Soper, and Dr Vickerman, in 1850.[4] There was a major flood in 1926, when the Wairau River burst its embankments.[5]

Spring Creek School is a coeducational contributing primary (years 1-6) school with a roll of 39.[6][7] A school was first founded in Spring Creek in 1861 or 1863[8] The present school was founded in 1873.[9][10]

Wairau Marae is located in Spring Creek. It is the marae (meeting ground) of Ngāti Rārua and Ngāti Toa Rangatira, and includes the Wairau wharenui (meeting house).[11][12]

Spring Creek has a railway classification yard on the Main North Line.[13]

See also


  1. Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 61. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8.CS1 maint: extra text: authors list (link)
  2. Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 139. ISBN 1-877333-20-4.
  3. 2013 Census QuickStats about a place  : Spring Creek-Grovetown
  4. A. D. McIntosh, ed. (1940). Marlborough - A Provincial History. p. 163.
  5. A. D. McIntosh, p 367
  6. "Directory of Schools - as at 3 April 2019". New Zealand Ministry of Education. Retrieved 9 May 2018.
  7. Education Counts: Spring Creek School
  8. A. D. McIntosh, pp 340, 343
  9. Loveridge, Barry Ernest (1973). The centennial history and compilation of records of the Spring Creek School (formerly Marlboroughtown) and the Wairau Pa School, Marlborough, N.Z.
  10. Hale, Allen M (1954). Marlboroughtown Spring Creek School: A History and Compilation of School Records. Marlboroughtown Spring Creek School Jubilee Committee. Published ... on the occasion of the 81st anniversary of the School, April 17th, 18th, and 19th, 1954
  11. "Te Kāhui Māngai directory". tkm.govt.nz. Te Puni Kōkiri.
  12. "Māori Maps". maorimaps.com. Te Potiki National Trust.
  13. Marlborough Historical Society (2005). Click - A Captured Moment - Marlborough's Early Heritage. p. 177. ISBN 0-473-10475-X.
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