Last Modified: 4-6-2020 10:39
Renwick is the third largest town in the Marlborough District after Blenheim and Picton with a population of 2418 at the 2018 Census, situated about 10km west of Blenheim on the Wairau Plain at the intersection of State Highway 63 to the West Coast and State Highway 6 to Nelson. Founded by Dr. Thomas Renwick in the mid 1850s, with the intention of establishing a well organised and prosperous community, the town never realized the scale of its founder's dreams, being overtaken by Blenheim as the main population centre in Marlborough.
The town has a small museum, sports grounds and a community hall. Industry is centred around servicing the wine industry. Renwick has a supermarket, takeaways, butcher, petrol station, and a number of other small shops. The town has several pubs, with The Cork and Keg billing itself as a 'traditional English pub' .Renwick School is a primary school providing education up to year eight, with a decile rating of 7 as of 2015. Renwick pies have something of a reputation in Marlborough, and are sold in various places throughout the region.
Several small churches including the historic Wairau Presbyterian Pioneer Church dating from 1859 are located in the town.
Renwick has a dry climate with high sunshine hours and the town historically tends to suffer from water restrictions in summer, however development of new wells, storage, and pumping capacity has been undertaken by the Marlborough District Council to improve the town's water supply. Work on a new reservoir and water treatment plant began in 2019, scheduled for completion in 2020.
In 2001 work was initiated on upgrading Renwick's sewage system by connecting it to the Blenheim reticulated system.
As of the 2018 Census, Renwick had a population of 2418. Compared to the rest of New Zealand, the Renwick population has somewhat higher than average incomes.