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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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  • Middlehurst Station (132 Of 139)
  • Molesworth Road Drone (13 Of 33)

The 5-6 day East West Route links the Kahutara River in Clarence (Ka Whata Tu o Rakihouia) Conservation Park with the Sedgemere Lakes area in the Molesworth Recreation Reserve.

Trampers are advised to allow for a few extra days to complete the walk.


115km (5-6 days)




The main access into the Clarence is over Blind Saddle Road. From Kaikoura, follow SH1 south 5 km to the Waiau/Mount Lyford turn-off and head inland to the car park at the Kahutara River bridge, 25 km from Kaikoura.

There is a locked gate, restricting horse and vehicle access. Contact the DOC office in Renwick for information on horse and vehicle access to the Clarence.


A permit is required for travel above Saxton Hut between 1 January and 30 April.

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