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is a small town in Marlborough, New Zealand
Marlborough is one of the regions of New Zealand, located in the northeast of the South Island. Marlborough is a unitary authority, both a region and a district, and its council is located at Blenheim. Marlborough is known for its dry climate, the picturesque Marlborough Sounds, and sauvignon blanc...
, close to the south bank of the Wairau River
The Wairau River is one of the longest rivers in New Zealand's South Island. It flows for 170 kilometres from the Spenser Mountains , firstly in a northwards direction and then northeast down a long, straight valley in inland Marlborough.The river's lower reaches are noted for the surrounding...
. It is located on State Highway 6
State Highway 6 is a major New Zealand State Highway. It extends from the northeastern corner of the South Island across the top of the island, then down the length of the island, initially along the West Coast and then across the Southern Alps through inland Otago and finally across the Southland...
, 12 km west of Blenheim
Blenheim is the most populous town in the region of Marlborough, in the north east of the South Island of New Zealand, and the seat of the regional council. It has a population of The area which surrounds the town is well known as a centre of New Zealand's wine industry...
Havelock is a coastal village in the Marlborough region of New Zealand. It sits at the head of Pelorus Sound, one of the Marlborough Sounds. The population was 486 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 12 from 2001....
is 31 km north. Highway 63
runs southwest from Renwick through the Wairau River valley.
The population was 1872 in the 2006 Census, an increase of 84 from 2001.
The town was initially known as "Upper Wairau", and then as "Renwicktown" after an early landowner, Dr Thomas Renwick.
Renwick has a variety of shops including a dairy, a supermarket, a baker, a butcher, a hairdresser, a tavern and a bar and brewery. Accommodation is available at Motels, B&Bs and a Backpacker Lodge.
Renwick is located in the centre of Marlborough's grape growing region. Sauvignon blanc
Sauvignon Blanc is a green-skinned grape variety which originates from the Bordeaux region of France. The grape most likely gets its name from the French word sauvage and blanc due to its early origins as an indigenous grape in South West France., a possible descendant of savagnin...
is the variety usually associated with the area, and famous wineries such as Isabel Estate and Forrest Estate are in close proximity.
Renwick School is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating
Decile, Socio-Economic Decile or Socio-Economic Decile Band is a widely used measure in education in New Zealand used to target funding and support to more needy schools....
of 8 and a roll of 400+.
The first school in Renwick opened at the beginning of 1861, using the Presbyterian Church as a schoolroom. It was the second school in Marlborough. The present school opened in 1864.