Walking the Queen Charlotte Track in Marlborough. Copyright Destination Marlborough
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    1 of NZ's iconic walks

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    Plenty to choose from

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    Walk through historic sites

Guide

Walks

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.

Antimony Mines Track

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

Antimony is a lead-grey ore often found in quartz rock. It was used to make pewter, ammunition and print type, and is still used in lead-acid batteries and solder. 

Ore containing antimony was discovered in the area in 1873. Several companies attempted to mine the ore over the following 30 years, however mining ended in 1901. 50 men and some families lived at the mine settlement at Endeavour Inlet from 1885 until 1892, with enough children in the area to sustain a school until 1895.

The track gets steeper after the passing the antimony treatment site and a number of horizontal mine shafts, ending at the '‘Number One Cut’' on the saddle between Endeavour Inlet and Port Gore.

Caution: Please don't enter the mines. They are dangerous due to mud, poisonous gases and rockfall. Hidden mine shafts make the area around the 'Number One Cut' unsafe to explore.

Grade

Advanced: tramping track

Length

3.9km (2 hours)

Getting there

The track begins at Endeavour Inlet, located along the Queen Charlotte Track, which can be accessed from Kenepuru Road, from Linkwater. Alternatively, water taxi services are available from Picton. You can also hire yachts, launches, motor boats, and sea kayaks.

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