By: Christopher Cookson
The Kennet River is a small tributary of the Awatere River, with its source in Marlborough's high country in the Molesworth region to the north of the Awatere Valley. The river flows south to reach its confluence with the Awatere River near Muller Station. The Kennet is a braided river with a broad, open, shingle bed, typical of many South Island rivers. Native scrub including mānuka and matagouri are present around the river margins, in addition to introduced poplars and willows.
The Awatere Valley Road crosses the Kennet River via a single lane concrete bridge.
The river is presumably named after the English river of the same name which flows through Marlborough, Wiltshire.