Salt from Lake Grassmere - Roadside Stories

A Manatū Taonga audio guide to Lake Grassmere

Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide to Lake Grassmere in the Video tab.

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.

Related web links:
Lake Grassmere today
Marlborough region: extractive industries

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

Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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