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A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Lake Grassmere and its salt industry. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Pink-tinged crystallisation ponds at Lake Grassmere produce up to 70,000 tonnes of salt from sea water each year -- about half of New Zealand's salt needs. Salt was first produced at the lake in the 1940s.


Lake Grassmere today,

Marlborough region: extractive industries,

Archival audio: Taste New Zealand (videorecording). Auckland: Television New Zealand, 1993.

Roadside Stories are a series of audio guides to places of interest on major road trips in New Zealand. Each guide tells the story of an attraction along the way -- its people, its history, its cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

Map showing Salt from Lake Grassmere - Roadside Stories