Walking the Queen Charlotte Track in Marlborough. Copyright Destination Marlborough
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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.

Mt Stokes Track

Walk to a saddle overlooking Anakoha Bay and Forsyth Island, then climb on up through mountain bush to Mt Stokes, the highest point in the Marlborough Sounds, and a unique sub-alpine habitat with spectacular views. The tramping track follows a ridge to a clearing at the 1,203m summit.

To get to the walk, from Queen Charlotte Drive turn-off at Linkwater onto Kenepuru Road. The start of this track is 41 km from the turn-off at Linkwater. Kenepuru Road is narrow and winding.

Mount Stokes is named after Captain John Stokes, who charted the entire New Zealand coastline between 1848 and 1851 in the survey ship Acheron, visiting the Sounds in 1849. The Maori name is Pororangi.

Length

Half day return

Know before you go

The weather in the Sounds is generally mild, but conditions can change quickly, especially on the water. Ensure that you have adequate equipment and experience.

This track can experience alpine conditions, including thick fog. Check the weather forecast before you and go. Don't go past the bushline if visibility is poor.

Light fires only in designated areas.

Carry water.

In late summer and autumn, carry antihistamine if allergic to wasp stings.

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