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
It doesn’t get more “off the beaten path” than the French Pass. Sweeping views of the Sounds, D’Urville island and coastal scenery as the highlights so don’t forget to take your camera full of battery and memory. Along the way there are viewpoints and also amazing little coves and beaches to stop off and soak it all in.
This track takes you to a viewpoint over historic French Pass, where the tidal surges are an incredible sight.
You can get to the track from the French Pass Road off State Highway 6 just past Rai Valley.
Local stories from earliy settlers describe polynesion explorere Kupe, who sent two pet birds out to explore Te Waipounamu (the South Island).
A kawau (cormorant) belonging to Kupe's companion Toru flew to the west. When it dipped a wing in the water at Te Aumiti/French Pass, the wing broke and the cormorant died. The reef is now known as Te Kawau-a-Toru.
10 minutes each way