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
- Black Jack Track
- Cullen Point Lookout Track
- French Pass Lookout Track
- Governors Bay Track
- Grovetown Lagoon walk
- 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
- Marfells Beach/Cape Campbell Route
- 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
At 2885m (9,645 feet), Mt Tapuae-o-Uenuku is the highest New Zealand peak outside the Southern Alps and is a popular three-day hike for experienced groups with good navigational skills.
Tappy, as the locals call it, was the springboard for legendary mountaineer Sir Edmund Hillary's climbing career that took him to be the first person to reach the summit of Mt Everest.
"I'd climbed a decent mountain at last," Sir Ed said of his weekend solo climb in 1944, while training with the Royal New Zealand Air Force in Marlborough during WW2.
His three-day weekend on Mt Tappy was no mean feat - walking 32km (20 miles) up the Awatere Valley, followed by a long tramp up the Hodder River and a 14-hour climb to the top, before doing it all in reverse on the way home.
The views can be stunning on a good day, but the mountain shouldn't be attempted in bad weather. Access is through Gladstone Downs, high up the Awatere Valley, and hikers must contact Allan and Bev Pitts (ph 03 575-7471) to obtain access permission and to notify details of your intentions. Allan and Bev are able to advise on local weather conditions and river levels, as well as demand for hut space.
The Marlborough Tramping Club's website provides information to climbers and trampers planning to visit the Inland Kaikoura Mountains.