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.
Save your breath for the breathtaking views and stroll some of Marlborough’s short tracks. A few minutes or hours on your feet can yield big rewards, with easy walks to everything from a seal pup nursery to a golden beach in the Marlborough Sounds.
Short walks in Marlborough
From beach trails at the edge of the Pacific Ocean, to sub alpine climbs in the Richmond Range, Marlborough has a range of day walks, whatever your level or choice of scenery. Pack your coat, your lunch and your walking boots, and set out to explore.
Marlborough day walks
Trek to a lighthouse at the edge of a reef or a resort at the edge of the Marlborough Sounds. Walk through native bush to a secluded beach, or climb a mountain range to a panoramic view. Stay in a tent, hut or luxury lodge, and choose to carry your luggage or have it taken ahead. The only challenge with hiking in Marlborough is choosing where to go.
Multi-day walks in Marlborough
- Pelorus Bridge Scenic Reserve Walks
- Snout Track
- Grovetown Lagoon - Te Whanau Hou
- Black Jack Track
- Cullen Point Lookout Track
- French Pass Lookout Track
- Governors Bay Track
- Kaipupu Point walk
- Karaka Point Walk
- Mistletoe Bay tracks
- Motuara Island Track
- Oruawairua Walk, Blumine Island
- Picton walks
- Antimony Mines Track
- Walk The Link Pathway
- Wairau Lagoons Walkway
- Wither Hills Farm Park
- Archer Track Walk
- Cape Campbell
- Mt Stokes Track
- Richmond Range day walks
- Queen Charlotte Track day walks
- Awatere Tussock Track (private walkway)
- Richmond Range walks
- Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku
- Nydia Track walk
- Queen Charlotte Track walk
- Molesworth East West Route walk
- Leatham Molesworth Route
- Devils Creek walk
Roy Grose DOC Conservation Services Manager, Marlborough Sounds
“Marlborough is the mountains to the sea. One day you can be out in the Marlborough Sounds, and the next day be up at Lake Rotoiti. On the way you can stop and pick cherries or have a glass of wine at a cellar door. It doesn’t get much better than that.”My insider guide to Marlborough
This is a striking piece of coastline crowned with a rugged lighthouse, the landscape has changed dramatically in the last few years, and is now more accessible.
An unmarked route follows the beach from the eastern end of the Marfells Beach camping area around to Cape Campbell, the southernmost extreme of Cook Strait.
The East Coast is a hot spot of New Zealands Biodiversity, and Cape Campbell hold a unique assemblage of species on it's shores. Fur seals use the beaches and headlands for pupping and basking. Many sea birds have nesting colonies on the cape and it is a known migration route. With the ease of access, it is important to protect this landscape and wildlife and remember the Tiaki Promise.
To help protect the coastal environment follow these guidelines
- No fires
- Be careful where you go - avoid all vegetation/dune lands and tidal rock pools.
- Give the ecology, birdlife and anamals space.
- Whatever you bring with you, take with you. Leave only footprints.
- If you have a pet with you, please keep it on a leash.
For more information about protecting Aotearoa/New Zealand for future generations, see the Tiaki Promise.
(Warning: Spring high tides can block access around the foot of bluffs. )