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
- The Link Pathway
- 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
- Wairau Lagoons Walkway
- Wither Hills Farm Park
- The Link Pathway
- Mt Fishtail
- Archer Track Walk
- Cape Campbell
- Mt Stokes Track
- Richmond Range day walks
- Queen Charlotte Track day walks
- Nydia Track
- Mt Fishtail
- Awatere Tussock Track (private walkway)
- Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku
- Richmond Range walks
- Queen Charlotte Track walk
- Molesworth East West Route walk
- Leatham Molesworth Route
- Nydia Track
- 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
Grovetown Lagoon is one of the few natural wetlands remaining on the Wairau Plain.
Grovetown Lagoon is a beautiful oxbow lake which was formed when the Wairau River changed its course roughly 155 years ago when a bend was cut off and became a circular lake.
Historically the lagoon, and adjoining wetlands and waterways were considered a mahinga kai (food resource) by iwi and as such these were highly valued for the abundance of freshwater foods and resources.
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A 3.8 km circuit track runs around the outside of the lagoon is accessible to the public. Picnic tables are located near the track to the birdwatching hide, and beside the Wairau river. Kayaks can be launched on the lagoon. The best launching area at present is at the corner of the lagoon on the south-western side.
If going to the Grovetown Lagoon from Blenheim, turn right off State Highway 1 at Grovetown (watching out for the railway crossing). Proceed along the road through suburban Grovetown (Fell Street), cross Vickerman Street, and keep going now through vineyards. Immediately before the end of the road turn right into Steam Wharf Road. Halfway down Steam Wharf Road you can see the Lagoon at a place from which you can launch a kayak. You can park at the end of Steam Wharf Road and walk along the stop bank past the Rowing Club to the Riverside and Springs Wetland areas.
Although dogs can be brought to the lagoon and kept on a lead, because of the bird life here we encourage you to leave your dog at home when you visit.
Life at the lagoon
The lagoon is currently home to a variety of birds. Birds seen at Grovetown include pukeko, coot, mallard, shoveler duck, paradise duck, grey teal, black shags, black swan, little white throated shags, black backed gulls, welcome swallows, blackbirds, song thrushes, goldfinches, starlings and harrier hawks. Currently birds can be most easily viewed from on the water, and the installation of pathways have enabled a greater range of people to be able to experience the wonderful wildlife of the lagoon.