Walks

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Get to know Marlborough step by step, via walking tracks to alpine peaks, golden trails on working farms and native bush walks in the Marlborough Sounds.

Marlborough walks can be as challenging as Mount Tapuae-o-Uenuku, as beautiful as the Queen Charlotte Track and as relaxing as the Taylor River reserve.

Whether you’re hiking for a day or a week, staying in a tent, hut or lodge, you’ll love the pace of Marlborough.

Start planning your walk with New Zealand Mountain Safety Councils Plan my Walk app. An awesome app that provides you with useful information of particular tracks, alerts, weather and what gear you will need. Click here to check it out

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Grovetown Lagoon - Te Whanau Hou

Grovetown Lagoon is one of the few natural wetlands remaining on the Wairau Plain.

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Snout Track

Expect an eyeful of views when you walk Picton’s Snout Track, which begins at the Snout Track car park, above Endeavour Park.

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Mt Fishtail

Take a day walk or multi day walk and hike up 1643 m to the top of Mt Fishtail and expect an amazing 360 degree view.

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The Link Pathway

The Link Pathway is a 42-kilometre walking and mountain bike track that connects Havelock, Picton, Anakiwa and the Queen Charlotte Track in Marlborough.

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Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku

At 2885m (9,645 feet), Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku is the highest New Zealand peak outside the Southern Alps and is a popular three-day hike for experienced groups with good navigational skills.

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Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve Walks

Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve offers numerous tracks, taking you through ancient forest and to the edge of the beautiful Pelorus River. Many of the tracks are wide and gentle, built to a standard suitable for wheelchairs. Beyond these paths, and across the Rai swing bridge there are several other tracks.

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Rarangi to Whites Bay

Rarangi to Whites Bay is a scenic walking track connecting the popular Whites Bay beach, and the small settlement of Rarangi.

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Black Jack Track

Walk up from Whites Bay to a brilliant viewpoint on the edge of a bluff for views of Port Underwood, Cook Strait and Cape Campbell.

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Cullen Point Lookout Track

If you're after a short loop walk with a beautiful scenic lookout, then this is certainly one to tick off the list.

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Governors Bay Track

The Governers Bay Track leads you to a beautiful golden beach surrounded by lush native bush, and great for swimming.

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Kaipupu Sanctuary walk

Go for a leisurely walk around the 2.7km circular track and enjoy the bird song, native forest, and stunning views across the inner Queen Charlotte Sound.

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Karaka Point Walk

This ten-minute walk yields history and views, with a track that passes earthworks of a historic Māori pa site on its way to a stunning view of Queen Charlotte Sound.

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Oruawairua Walk, Blumine Island

Blumine Island is a predator-free island in the Queen Charlotte Sound, 22km (14 miles) from Picton, and the new Oruawairua Track is a brilliant way to explore it.

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Mistletoe Bay tracks

Take either the circular James Vogal Track or the longer round-trip Peninsular track with stunning views of Mistletoe and Waterfall Bay.

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Picton walks

There are a number of walks from the Victoria Domain in Picton, from 10 minutes to several hours. From Picton, walk over the marina bridge to do the lovely Harbour View Track, Bob's Bay walk or even push on to the Snout if you feel more energetic.

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Antimony Mines Track

Follow a sidetrack off the Queen Charlotte walking Track to explore the Antimony mining era.

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Wither Hills Farm Park

The Wither Hills Farm Park offers a brilliant range of walking and mountain biking tracks on a 1,100ha working sheep and cattle farm just minutes from Blenheim's CBD.

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Wairau Lagoons Walkway

This flat loop track, ideal for kids, follows the lagoon shoreline with good bird watching to the rusting remains of the Waverley ship.

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Archer Track Walk

This walking track passes through native and pine forest on the way from Penzance Bay to Elaine Bay in the Pelorus Sound.

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Cape Campbell

This unmarked route follows the beach from the eastern end of the camping area to Cape Campbell, the southernmost extreme of Cook Strait.

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Mt Stokes Track

This tramping track in Kenepuru Sound follows a ridge to the summit (1203 m), the highest point in the Sounds.

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Richmond Range day walks

The Richmond Range is a fantastic place for day walks and overnight missions, with a myriad of tracks accessed off the Mt Richmond Forest Park.

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Queen Charlotte Track day walks

Take a bite of the 72km long Queen Charlotte Track on a day walk.

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Nydia Track

Walk or bike through lush coastal and regenerating forest, climb two saddles with brilliant views, cross farmland and drop down to the edge of the sea.

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The Awatere Tussock Track

Nestled in the heart of the Awatere Valley, this trail will leave the walker with a sense of serenity and calm. Travelling through the awe-inspiring environments and beautiful scenes that unfold as you traverse the trail is nothing short of breath-taking. As the track winds its way through native covered hills, meanders alongside creeks and strikes out into the Awatere back country.

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Molesworth East West Route walk

This multiday walk in Marlborough’s Molesworth area is an opportunity for fit trampers with high levels of off-track experience to explore an incredible landscape in two conservation areas.

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Leatham Molesworth Route

This mainly unmarked loop route travels the Leatham Conservation Area and into the magnificent Molesworth Recreation Reserve, traversing mountain tops and tussocky valleys.

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Wakamarina Track

The Wakamarina Track is a historic and scenic trail in New Zealand that retraces the footsteps of old gold miners.

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French Pass Lookout Track

This track takes you to a viewpoint over historic French Pass, where the tidal surges are an incredible sight.