Walking the Queen Charlotte Track in Marlborough. Copyright Destination Marlborough
  • Te Araroa Trail

    Welcome to the South Island

  • Queen Charlotte Track

    1 of NZ's iconic walks

  • Short walks

    Plenty to choose from

  • Heritage walks

    Walk through historic sites



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.

Start planning your walk with New Zealand Mountain Safety Councils Plan my Walk app. An awesome app that provides you with useful information of particular tracks, alerts, weather and what gear you will need. Click here to check it out

Motuara Island Track

The track on this predator-free island in the Queen Charlotte Sound leads to a lookout with incredible views, via penguin nesting boxes and through a vibrant population of native birdlife.

The lucky walker will see saddlebacks, kakariki, tui and kereru, though few will see the nocturnal Okarito brown kiwis living here as part of Project Rowi and BNZ Operation Nest Egg.

Motuara Island is opposite Ship Cove, approximately 32 km from Picton. You can get there via a scenic cruise, your own boat, or hire a kayak and cruise over to the jetty.


800 metres one way = 30 minutes each way

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